Journal der Künste 9, Graphics: Heimann + Schwantes
Graphics: Heimann + Schwantes

Journal der Künste 9 with the following contributions: carte blanche for Klaus Staeck, insights into The Walk by Jochen Gerz, Durs Grünbein and Matthias Weichelt in conversation on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Sinn und Form, Wilfried Wang on Mythos Bauhaus, the radio play manuscript for Der Rechtsruck by Georg Seeßlen, Wolfgang Kaleck on (Post-)Colonial Injustice and legal Interventions. From the archives: Otto von Bismarck's honorary membership certificate as a new acquisition, Hanns Eisler scores as finds, and much more.

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The Triadic Ballet. Photo © Wilfried Hösl
The Triadic Ballet. Photo © Wilfried Hösl

100 Years of Bauhaus
16 – 24 Jan 2019

Opening Festival

2019 is the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, and it will be celebrated both in Germany and around the world with exhibitions, festivals, research projects and symposia. The international opening festival at the Akademie der Künste from 16 to 24 January 2019 concentrates on the presentation and production of pieces by contemporary artists, in which the aesthetic issues and experimental configurations of the Bauhaus artists continue to be inspiringly contagious.

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Licht.Schatten.Spuren. Photo © Boltanski
Licht.Schatten.Spuren. Photo © Boltanski

100 Years of Bauhaus
Licht.Schatten.Spuren

17 — 24 Jan 2019

Exhibition

Works by László Moholy-Nagy and other renowned contemporary artists-scientists are counterposed with those of two newcomers. They all trace the poetry and magic that evoke the interplay of light and shadow. The installation illuminates a path from our human existence in the universe, to the stars, to the hereafter, eternity, infinity, to the extra-terrestrial, where things play out that we cannot contemplate which both frighten and fascinate us at the same time.

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Total Dance Theatre. Photo © Interactive Media Foundation
Total Dance Theatre. Photo © Interactive Media Foundation

100 Years of Bauhaus
Total Dance Theatre

17 – 24 Jan 2019

Installation

Who are humans in the age of technology? What role do they play and how do they interact with the machines that surround them? These types of questions were already negotiated at the Bauhaus 100 years ago. The Total Dance Theatre frames these questions today in the context of the development of artificial intelligence by staging a virtual reality dance experience. Using VR headsets, visitors can immerse themselves in a vast virtual stage where they experience a dance choreography over three levels.

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

Picture Cellar
3 Oct 2018 — 28 Apr 2019

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. Now, after nearly 30 years, they can be seen for the first time.

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Roof terrace of the Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz © Andreas [FranzXaver] Süß
Roof terrace of the Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz © Andreas [FranzXaver] Süß

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 415 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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Brecht-Weigel Museum. Photo: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
Brecht-Weigel Museum. Photo: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

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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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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The Triadic Ballet, photo: Wilfried Hösl
Sunday, 20 Jan
Lectures

11 am – 5:30 pm

Hanseatenweg

Halle 1

100 Jahre Bauhaus Experimentierfeld Bauhausbühne

A lecture programme with scientists and artists of various disciplines, who examine the core themes of the Bauhaus Theatre and the festival, such as space, time, movement, material, the digital age and theatre, art figure and identity, and the social effect of art in the historical and contemporary context.

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Richard Siegal. Photo © Luis Alberto Rodriguez
Sunday, 20 Jan
Performance

8 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

100 Years of Bauhaus Txtorrent

Language was "cautiously avoided" in Oskar Schlemmer's pioneering Bauhaus stage workshop, "not to de-emphasize it but, conscious of its significance, to master it slowly." A century later, in collaboration with Alva Noto and Sandra Hüller, Richard Siegal's TXTORRENT finds inspiration in Schlemmer ever-relevant challenge to "approach the human word 'unliterarily,' in its primary state, as a happening, as if it were being heard for the first time..." (Oskar Schlemmer, 1927)

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Upcoming

“Wo kommen wir hin”. An Artistic Research Laboratory at the Akademie der Künste 20 October 2018 – 2 June 2019 more

Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2019: Hito Steyerl 21 Feb – 14 Apr 2019 more