Timm Ulrichs, “... aus Gedankenfluss und Bewusstseinsstrom ...”, 1977/78. Photo: Rudolf Wakonigg, Münster © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Far from the centres of the art world, Timm Ulrichs works tirelessly as a self-appointed 'total artist' in a wide range of genres. His oeuvre comprises conceptual work, object art, environments, performances, multimedia work and concrete poetry. The exhibition “Weiter im Text”, which takes place on the occasion of the Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2020, explores his artistic notion of the end of the sayable and unsayable with a selection of expansive works, prints, objects and films. Exhibition opening & award ceremony: 23 Jan 2020.

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Cemile Sahin, Center Shift #01: I start again, 2019, film still

The Junge Akademie's work presentations show 14 international artists with works created during the artist-in-residence programme 2019 at the Akademie der Künste. New concepts or further developments include ideas that deal with the emergence and expressiveness of narratives and pictorial worlds, artificial intelligence and digitalisation, and which make use of various media and disciplines. Exhibition opening: 1 Feb 2020.

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Picture Cellar, in the foreground mural by Harald Metzkes and Manfred Böttcher © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, photo: Andreas FranzXaver Süß

Picture Cellar
3 Oct 2018 – 31 Dez 2020

Exhibition

A series of murals, which were created in 1957 and 1958 for two Faschingsfeste (Carnival events), have been preserved in the former coal cellars of the Akademie building on Pariser Platz. Painted by Manfred Böttcher, Harald Metzkes, Ernst Schroeder and Horst Zickelbein – former master students at the Deutsche Akademie der Künste – they are the only original remnants in the historic building apart from the exhibition halls. Access to the Picture Cellar is only possible on a guided tour.

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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 419 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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Photo © Gernot Krämer
Tuesday, 21 Jan
Reading and Discussion

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

The Long Shadow of the Middle of the Century.
An Evening for Tomas Venclova

The shadow cast by the middle of the last century has preoccupied the great Lithuanian poet Tomas Venclova throughout his life: “To the same extent that history was nightmarish, literature was great. The only realities in this unreal time were the murdered writers.” Venclova talks to Ellen Hinsey and Durs Grünbein about the consolation of poetry in dark times, the misery of exile and his contribution to the current issue of Sinn und Form. Moderation: Matthias Weichelt. In German and English.

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Timm Ulrichs, ”... aus Gedankenfluss und Bewusstseinsstrom ...”, 1977/78. Photo: Rudolf Wakonigg, Münster © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Thursday, 23 Jan
Exhibition Opening and Award Presentation

7 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studiofoyer

Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2020.
Timm Ulrichs: “Weiter im Text”

Far from the centres of the art world, Timm Ulrichs works tirelessly as a self-appointed 'total artist' in a wide range of genres. The exhibition “Weiter im Text”, which takes place on the occasion of the Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2020, explores his artistic notion of the end of the sayable and unsayable with a selection of expansive works, prints, objects and films. Exhibition opening & award ceremony with Kathrin Röggla, Rolf Tegtmeier, Gregor Schneider, Peter Weibel and Timm Ulrichs. In German.

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Fritz Kühn, Die Wirtschaft der DDR unter dem Zeichen des Friedens, 1964 / former State Council Building; today: European School of Management and Technology, Berlin © Fritz Kühn; Photo: BBR / Cordia Schlegelmilch (2016)
Friday, 24 Jan
Symposium

10 am – 8 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

“Kunst am Bau” in the GDR

As commissioned art, building-related art forms the link between architecture, art, politics and urban design. In the GDR, it's function was to depict political content and propagate idealised social images. Nevertheless, numerous works were created that are still objects of identification today. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of “Kunst am Bau” (percent for art) on behalf of the state, this internationally unique art collection and its significance for the cultural history of Germany will be examined in greater detail. In German.

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Shoah, source: Arsenal Distribution
Monday, 27 Jan
Film Screening

10 am

Hanseatenweg

Studio

Shoah

With Shoah, Claude Lanzmann created one of the most relentless films about the genocide of European Jews. In his nine-and-a-half-hour work, which he worked on for eleven years, he meticulously uncovers the mechanisms of the extermination machinery and captures the agony of remembering in shocking scenes. The international literature festival berlin has initiated a worldwide screening on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. In French with subtitles.

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Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp shortly after liberation in 1945. Photo © Stanisław Mucha, CC-BY-SA 3.0
Wednesday, 29 Jan
Film and Talk

6 pm

Hanseatenweg

Clubraum

Zeugen – Aussagen zum Mord an einem Volk

In the two-part TV documentary Zeugen – Aussagen zum Mord an einem Volk (1981) by Karl Fruchtmann, the first comprehensive TV documentary about the Shoah, Holocaust survivors recount their memories and traumas. This rarely screened film is to be shown on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Talk with Doron Kiesel, Ruth Preusse, Andres Veiel and Lea Wohl von Haselberg. In German.

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Dieter Goltzsche, Untitled, 1965. Brush, tempera on tinted drawing paper (laminated), 21 x 14.8 cm © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Thursday, 30 Jan
Reading and Discussion

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Friedrich Dieckmann meets Dieter Goltzsche and Gerhard Wolf

Writer Friedrich Dieckmann discusses the montages of thoughts and images surrounding literature with publisher Gerhard Wolf and graphic artist Dieter Goltzsche. The painted stories by Goltzsche, a passionate observer, and the correspondence between Gerhard Wolf and Carlfriedrich Claus about the hidden, peculiar and normal artist's existence are at the centre of the evening. Welcome: Kerstin Hensel. In German.

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