They tried to bury us. Photo © Martin Amushendje
They tried to bury us. Photo © Martin Amushendje

Isabel Tueumuna Katjavivi: They tried to bury us
29 Nov — 8 Dec 2019

Installation

When Namibian communities rose up against German colonial rule in 1904-08, the Imperial forces responded with decrees of extermination: 80 percent of the Ovaherero and 50 percent of the Nama people were killed. Isabel Tueumuna Katjavivi's installation is a scene of remembrance. The faces represent the multitudes that were never laid to rest. They serve as a metaphor for history, representing a past that is unresolved and unfinished.

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Helga Paris, Photographer
8 Nov 2019 — 12 Jan 2020

Exhibition

With around 275 photographs, the exhibition of Helga Paris at the Akademie der Künste is the photographer's most comprehensive to date. With a background in modernist painting, theatre and poetry as well as early Soviet, Italian and French cinema, Paris has spent the last four and a half decades developing an extensive oeuvre of delicate, nuanced black-and-white photography. It is the first retrospective of Paris' work in Berlin in 25 years.

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Video still Western. Photo © Martina Wegener

all animals am I
13 Nov — 20 Dec 2019

Exhibition

The exhibition “all animals am I” currently showing at the Saarländische Galerie presents work by the Junge Akademie's Saarland Scholarship holders Cornelia Fachinger, Paulette Penje and Martina Wegener. All three artists are engaged in part in cooperative ventures with the Junge Akademie scholarship holders cylixe, Mirkan Deniz, Lynn Takeo Musiol and Niklas Seidl. Also on show is a new edition of an earlier work of art by Arnold Dreyblatt.

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© Heimann + Schwantes

Journal der Künste 11, with the following articles: Thoughts on a European alliance of the academies by Jeanine Meerapfel; Carte Blanche for Doris Dörrie; Kathrin Röggla on censorship and persecution in art; Heidi Specker on Helga Paris, as well as articles by Ramy Al-Asheq and Cemile Sahin from the JUNGE AKADEMIE. From the archive: a letter from Theodor Fontane to Carl Hauptmann as an artefact, and much more.

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Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg. Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg. Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

The Akademie der Künste in Berlin is one of the oldest cultural institutes in Europe. It is an international community of artists that currently totals 421 members in its six Sections (Visual Arts, Architecture, Music, Literature, Performing Arts, Film and Media Arts). The Akademie is an exhibition and event location. A key component of the Akademie are its archives, which collectively form one of the most important interdisciplinary archives on 20th century art.

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Photo: Records from the Prussian Academy of Arts © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk, 2016
Photo: Records from the Prussian Academy of Arts © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk, 2016

The Archives at the Akademie der Künste may be used free of charge for scholarly, private, or press research. Since December 2015, the Archives Database offers a regularly updated online digital research tool. The database contains information on all of the collections in the Archives, which comprise around 1,020,000 archival materials as well as approximately 462,000 analogue and digital copies of archival materials.

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Anna Seghers Museum. Photo © Andeas Süß
Anna Seghers Museum. Photo © Andeas Süß

Bertolt Brecht's study, Helene Weigel's conservatory, Anna Seghers' "crow's nest" – regular tours offer visitors a fascinating insight into the homes and studies of the writer Anna Seghers, actress and theatre director Helene Weigel and the writer Bertolt Brecht. The Brecht-Weigel Museum in Berlin-Mitte and the Anna Seghers Museum in Berlin-Adlershof are both part of the Akademie der Künste. No advance booking required.

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They tried to bury us. Photo © Martin Amushendje
29 Nov – 8 Dec
Installation

Pariser Platz

Black Box

Isabel Tueumuna Katjavivi:
They tried to bury us

In Namibia today, the land holds unresolved trauma. Each grain of soil holds memory and is a witness to the past. The exhibition They tried to bury us by the Namibian artist Isabel Tueumuna Katjavivi is a scene of remembrance. The faces represent the multitudes that were never laid to rest. They  serve as a metaphor for history, representing a past that is unresolved and unfinished – both emerging from, and disintegrating into, the tainted earth in which they lie.

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Angela Winkler. Photo © Joachim Gern
Sunday, 8 Dec
Book Presentation and Discussion

11:30 am

Hanseatenweg

Studio

Angela Winkler: Mein blaues Zimmer. Autobiographische Skizzen

As an actress, Angela Winkler has helped to shape the theatre of Klaus-Michael Grüber, Peter Zadek, Robert Wilson and the New German Cinema movement. She is still in front of cameras all over the world and on stage all over Europe. The simultaneous nature of numerous lives and of art itself is the subject of Winkler's book of memoires edited by Brigitte Landes. With Angela Winkler, Hermann Beil, Adam Benzwi, Brigitte Landes et al. In German.

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Opening of the Berlin Wall 1989. Photo © picture alliance / Wolfgang Kumm
Wednesday, 11 Dec
Reading and Discussion

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Heroes Like Us? Female Writers Discuss the 30-Year Anniversary of the Fall of the Wall

The so-called Wenderoman is with few exceptions a traditionally male-dominated genre. How does a female perspective change the perception of events taking place around 1989 and the ensuing years? Female writers share their personal situation, expectations, surprises and their disappointments. With Carmen-Francesca Banciu, Marica Bodrožić, Kerstin Hensel, Katja Lange-Müller and Annette Simon. Moderation: Sieglinde Geisel. In German.

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Thomas Kessler. Photo © Priska Ketterer
Wednesday, 11 Dec
Concert

8 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studiofoyer

EM4 | Berliner Studios für elektroakustische Musik Thomas Kessler: Schallarchiv

Thomas Kessler is one of the pioneers of electroacoustic music. His work Schallarchiv (1979) is originally a radiophonic piece. From the very beginning, however, there was a performance concept that had never been realised until now. Thus the realisation of this concept is an actual premiere of the now 40-year-old work, which reflects on listening and imagination, perception and depiction of sound. Concert with Desirée Meiser, Berliner Lautsprecherorchester and Wolfgang Heiniger. In German.

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