Four photographs show the view of the Alexanderufer in Berlin Mitte at different times between 1995 and 2020: 1) caravan on green fields, 2) levelled building land, 3) during the construction phase, 4) new houses and streetscapes
Michael Ruetz: from Timescape 178 – Alexanderufer/Ecke Kapelle-Ufer, Berlin Mitte, Phase 05: 2 Jun 1995 12:21 pm, Phase 06: 9 Jun 1996 11:24 am, Phase 13: 26 Nov 2002 2:42 pm, Phase 18: 9 Nov 2020 3:28 pm, © Michael Ruetz

Since the mid-60s Michael Ruetz has observed the transformation of Berlin in a large-scale photographic study. Historical sites such as the Brandenburg Gate have undergone radical change, particularly since 1989/90. Ruetz’ images of Berlin are an expression of how architecture can redefine our environment. His photo series develop their own aesthetics beyond documentary sobriety, revealing a poetry of time in the process.

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View of the exhibition rooms with several pictures and two immersed visitors
The Murmur of the Cosmos. Sandra Vásquez de la Horra. Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2023, Exhibition view, Photo: Akademie der Künste

The Chilean artist Sandra Vásquez de la Horra is the recipient of the 2023 Käthe Kollwitz Prize. Her work addresses archetypes derived of our collective consciousness, taboos, gender issues and sexuality, intercultural reflections and questions of spiritual practice. At the Akademie der Künste, she is showing over 60 selected drawings, photographs and objects that unfold in a site-specific installation.

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Four issues of the journal, arranged in a row
Photo: Pia Gühne

This issue says goodbye to the Akademie’s outgoing president and vice-president Jeanine Meerapfel and Kathrin Röggla, thematises possibilities for utopias in times of crisis, discusses the current political shift to the right in Germany and provides an outlook on the upcoming exhibition by Käthe Kollwitz Prize winner Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, as well as archive insights on István Szabó, George Grosz and Jürgen Flimm.

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Passports of various artists from the first half of the 20th century
© Akademie der Künste, Berlin

The Akademie der Künste has one of the largest Exile Archives on art and literature in any German-speaking country, with over 300 artistic estates and collections from or on artists who emigrated under the Nazi regime. The exile archives are part of the founding history of the academies in East and West Germany after 1945, with the aim of retrieving and rehabilitating the work of the persecuted artists.

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Anna Seghers Museum
Anna Seghers Museum in Berlin Adlershof, photo: © Andreas [FranzXaver] Süß

Bertolt Brecht's study, Helene Weigel's conservatory, Anna Seghers' “crow's nest” : Regular tours offer visitors a chance to view the homes and studies of the writer Bertolt Brecht, actress and theatre director Helene Weigel and the writer Anna Seghers, largely kept in their original condition. The tours provide an insight into how these three major international figures in the arts world of the 20th century lived and worked.

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Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz. Photo © Jeanette Gonsior
Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz. Photo © Jeanette Gonsior

The Akademie der Künste is an international community of artists that currently totals 435 members in its six Sections Visual Arts, Architecture, Music, Literature, Performing Arts, Film and Media Arts. It is an exhibition and event location. Its Archives collectively form one of the most important interdisciplinary archives on 20th century art. Founded in 1696, the Akademie der Künste in Berlin is one of the oldest cultural institutes in Europe.

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Anna Seghers Museum in Berlin-Adlershof, photo: © Andreas [FranzXaver] Süß
Thursday, 18 Jul
Guided Tour

2 pm

Anna-Seghers-Museum
Anna-Seghers-Str. 81
12489 Berlin

How Netty Reiling became Anna Seghers

The theme of Anna Seghers’ work is the self-liberation of her literary characters. To what extent does this liberation have biographical features? An approach to the transformation from sheltered daughter to headstrong writer. Guided tour in the writer’s home and study as it was during her lifetime. In German.

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© Michel Jimenez / Estudio Fortuna
Friday, 19 Jul
Presentation

7 pm

Hanseatenweg

Halle 3

Valeska Gert Guest Professorship Amanda Piña: To Bloom () Florecimiento

Amanda Piña explores oceanic movements encoded in dance and sound: the historical and contemporary movements of ancient species, ocean currents, diasporas and migrations. She explores water as a flowing entity and the ocean as a realm of ancestral knowledge, as well as expressions of embodied knowledge of the First Nations and Afro-diaspora that flourished in Abya Yala, the American continent.

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Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof (Dorotheenstadt Cemetery), Berlin Mitte, photo: © Ingeborg Fries
Wednesday, 24 Jul
Guided Tour

2 pm

Brecht-Weigel-Museum
Chausseestraße 125
10115 Berlin

Brecht and his people

The Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof (Dorotheenstadt Cemetery) is one of the most famous cemeteries in Berlin – not least because Brecht's last resting place is here. But many of his comrades-in-arms are also laid to rest here. If one were to draw threads between the graves, a densely interwoven web would emerge. The tour aims to trace these lines, references and influences. In German.

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Reading Room Pariser Platz, photo: © Katja Strauß
Friday, 26 Jul
Guided Tour

4 pm

Pariser Platz

Lesesaal

The Library of the Arts

The Library of the Arts is one of the largest special libraries on culture and the modernist arts. Its holdings are characterised by media from every artistic genre from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day, as well as valuable private libraries, which are accessible to everyone free of charge. The voyage of discovery through its treasures begins in the Reading Room on Pariser Platz and leads into the hidden stacks. Guided tour in German.

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Brecht-Haus (Brecht House), photo: Ingeborg Fries
Friday, 26 Jul
Guided Tour

1 pm

Brecht-Weigel Museum
Chausseestraße 125
10115 Berlin

Discovering Brecht between Chausseestraße and the Berliner Ensemble

A two-hour walk leads from the Brecht-Haus (Brecht House) to the Berliner Ensemble in the footsteps of Bertolt Brecht. This is where the writer and director moved in the years after his return from exile, where he achieved his artistic breakthrough in the 1920s. Meeting point ist the courtyard of the Brecht-Haus. In German.

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