The exhibition “John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite” at the Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz is open from 2 Jun to 23 Aug 2020. Please book your ticket online if possible. Please also use our digital offers. Click here to view our full programme.

Graphics © Heimann + Schwantes

Focus on Europe in Autumn 2020

Upcoming Programme

This year’s autumn programme of the Akademie will focus on Europe: In the exhibition “urbainable – stadthaltig”, members of the Architecture Section present their positions on the European city for the 21st century. The exhibition “CONTINENT – In Search of Europe“ puts Europe’s present at its core and the conference “Alliance of Academies“ aims to create a network between European cultural institutions for an open and democratic Europe.

   more
Graphics © Heimann + Schwantes

60 Years Käthe Kollwitz Prize

Online Anniversary

The graphic artist and sculptress Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) is considered to be the most famous German female artist, with an œvre that enjoys worldwide renown. The Akademie der Künste is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Käthe Kollwitz Prize online, with a presentation of a wide-ranging collection of archival material, including previously unpublished texts and images and a small selection of audio recordings relating to all the prize winners from 1960 to 2020. In German.

   more
Journal der Künste 13th edition. Graphics © Heimann + Schwantes
© Heimann + Schwantes

The current issue of the Journal der Künste focuses on “CRISIS AND CRITIQUE“ and brings together various artistic positions on the current exceptional situation and its consequences for our society. With articles by Wolfgang Kaleck, Eva Horn, A. L. Kennedy, Kathrin Röggla, Anh-Linh Ngo, Adrienne Goehler, Oliver Sturm, Paul Plamper, Thomas Irmer, Jochen Meißner, Johanna-Maria Fritz, Farhad Delaram and many more.

   more

John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite
2 Jun – 23 Aug 2020

Exhibition

John Heartfield (1891–1968) was one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century. His political photomontages became icons in the fight against National Socialism. The exhibition, which shows the many facets of his art, from montage and book design to set design, photography and animated film, can be visited until 23 Aug 2020. Tue – Sun, 11 am – 7 pm; last admission: 6 pm. Please book your ticket online if possible.

   more
Recording of the non-public concert on 13 May 2020 as part of "Labor Beethoven 2020" at the Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz, Black Box, with Ensemble Adapter, Uli Fussenegger, Anda Kryeziu, Chris Moy. Photo: Mutesouvenir-kb © Kai Bienert

Labor Beethoven 2020
Starting 6 Jun 2020

Virtual Festival & Virtual Exhibition

On 6 June 2020, "Labor Beethoven 2020" kicked off as a virtual festival, including the virtual exhibition "Labor 1802-2020". The Akademie der Künste hereby presented a complete programme produced behind closed doors, with over 10 world premieres, one sound installation (Werner Cee), a music theatre (Novoflot) and a laboratory space focusing on experimentation. With Ensemble Adapter, Uli Fussenegger, Alice Belugou, Zoé Pouri, et al.

   more
Staircase at the Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz, Berlin. Photo © Andreas [FranzXaver] Süß

We are open

Current News

On Tue, 2 Jun 2020, the Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz will open its doors again. Finally, the exhibition "John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite" can be visited, in compliance with all necessary hygiene and safety measures. The exhibition is open until 23 Aug 2020. Tue – Sun 11 am – 7 pm, last admission: 6 pm. We look forward to your visit!
Please note: The Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg is currently closed to the public.

   more
Der Zauberer John Heartfield [The Magician John Heartfield], 1943. Photo © Zoltan Wegner
Der Zauberer John Heartfield [The Magician John Heartfield], 1943. Photo © Zoltan Wegner. Akademie der Künste, Berlin, John Heartfield Archive, No. 610

Kosmos Heartfield

Virtual Exhibition

Under the title Kosmos Heartfield” a virtual presentation shows photos, documents and audiovisual material attesting to the life and impact of John Heartfield, the pioneer of photomontage, and gives new impulses to the discussion of the political artist. Complementing the exhibition John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite”, the website presents individual works by Heartfield and illustrates his collaborative creative network.

   more
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.

   more
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 416 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.

   more

Now Available: Journal der Künste 13more

Finally open: Visit the exhibition “John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite” starting 2 Jun 2020more

Berlin's 11th Independent Audio Play Festival: Video Interview with the Festival Makersmore

Laudatory speech on Younghi Pagh-Paan, Laureate Großer Kunstpreis Berlin 2020more

Further news are available in German only: News

Graphics © Heimann + Schwantes

DIGITAL

Online Anniversary

60 Years Käthe Kollwitz Prize

The Akademie is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Käthe Kollwitz Prize online, with a presentation of a wide-ranging collection of archival material, including previously unpublished texts, images and audio recordings relating to all the prize winners from 1960 to 2020. In German.

   more
Recording of the non-public concert on 13 May 2020 as part of "Labor Beethoven 2020" at the Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz, Black Box, with Ensemble Adapter, Uli Fussenegger, Anda Kryeziu, Chris Moy. Photo: Mutesouvenir-kb © Kai Bienert

DIGITAL

Virtual Festival & Virtual Exhibition

Labor Beethoven 2020

A virtual festival, including the virtual exhibition “Labor 1802-2020”, with Ensemble Adapter, Novoflot, Werner Cee, Uli Fussenegger, Alice Belugou, Zoé Pouri, et al.

   more
Graphics: Heimann + Schwantes

DIGITAL

Publication

Journal der Künste 13

The Journal der Künste is available in German and English. Both the digital and the print version are free of charge.

   more
John Heartfield Krieg und Leichen – Die letzte Hoffnung der Reichen [War and corpses – The last hope of the rich], 1932 © The Heartfield Community of Heirs / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020. Akademie der Künste, Berlin

DIGITAL

Exhibition

John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite

The exhibition “John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite” at the Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz is open from 2 Jun to 23 Aug 2020. A digital programme complements the analogue exhibition.

   more
Der Zauberer John Heartfield [The Magician John Heartfield], 1943. Photo © Zoltan Wegner. Akademie der Künste, Berlin, John Heartfield Archive, No. 610

DIGITAL

Virtual Exhibition

Kosmos Heartfield

Under the title "Kosmos Heartfield" a virtual presentation shows photos, documents and audiovisual material attesting to the life and impact of John Heartfield, the pioneer of photomontage, and gives new impulses to the discussion of the political artist.

   more
Photo © Roman März

DIGITAL

Exhibition

360° Panoramic Tour

The interactive tour leads through the exhibition “John Heartfield - Photography plus Dynamite” at Pariser Platz.

   more
Graphics: Heimann + Schwantes

DIGITAL

Online Catalogue

Heartfield Online

The extensive and internationally recognised graphic estate of John Heartfield is among the most prominent holdings of the Akademie der Künste's Art Collection. Heartfield Online, a comprehensive catalogue of more than 6,200 works from the Akademie's holdings—the artist's entire graphic oeuvre—can be explored online.

   more
Passport issued to Walter Benjamin, Berlin-Grunewald, 10 August 1928. Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Walter Benjamin Archiv © Hamburger Stiftung zur Förderung von Wissenschaft und Kultur, photo: Nick Ash

DIGITAL

Archival Materials

Finds from the Archives

Selected text documents, special objects and works of art from the Archives of the Akademie der Künste representing all artistic disciplines

   more
Photo: Gernot Krämer

DIGITAL

Publication

SINN UND FORM

SINN UND FORM is offering free online access to texts from the journal's extensive archive. New articles, linked by a specific topic, will be added every week.

   more
Upcoming

urbainable – stadthaltig. Positions on the European City for the 21st Century 5 September – 22 November 2020 more

CONTINENT – In Search of Europe 2 October 2020 – 10 January 2021 more

Alliance of Academies. A Conference of European Cultural Institutions 8 October 2020 more