The November/December programme of the Akademie der Künste has been published! We are looking forward to your visit. Please book your ticket in advance if possible and note the current access restrictions in the Akademie buildings.

Espen Eichhöfer, Bil, from the series Papa, Gerd and the Northman, 2017–2020. Photo © Espen Eichhöfer/OSTKREUZ

CONTINENT – In Search of Europe
2 Oct 2020 — 10 Jan 2021

Exhibition

The members of OSTKREUZ – Agentur der Fotografen explore the European present in their new joint project. In 22 positions, the photographers focus on various aspects of coexistence in Europe – personal, social and political phenomena. The exhibition on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the collective takes place as part of the European Month of Photography 2020.

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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.

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The exhibition examines the role of the European city in the age of global warming, digitisation, demographic change and the dissolution of traditional social networks. urbainable – stadthaltig is a group exhibition, in which members of the Architecture Section of the Akademie der Künste introduce themselves and their work in the form of projects, visionary concepts and initiatives. The exhibition provides insights into European architecture and urban planning at the start of the '20s of the new century.

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The JUNGE AKADEMIE digital platform is now online. The transdisciplinary and transcultural online magazine is a space to exhibit and experiment and a digital open studio, offering fellows the opportunity to network with each other and with Akademie members, to develop digital projects and to make the exchange of knowledge visible within the international network.

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Graphics © Heimann + Schwantes
Graphics © Heimann + Schwantes

In addition to its programme of events, the Akademie der Künste also provides a wide range of online services, e.g. publications such as the Journal der Künste, podcast series and virtual exhibitions and festivals, as well as the discussion series "Akademie-Mitglieder im Gespräch" and the "rbb Kulturgespräche" (both in German only). Furthermore, the digital showcase digital.adk.de makes the extensive holdings of the Akademie's archive accessible. So pay us an online visit as well!

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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 selection of audio recordings relating to all the prize winners from 1960 to 2020. In German.

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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 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.

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European Alliance of Academies: Berlin Manifesto released todaymore

Akademie President Jeanine Meerapfel opens conference on the foundation of an alliance of European academiesmore

Solidarity with Students of Budapest University of Theatre and Film Artsmore

60 Years of the Käthe Kollwitz Prize of the Akademie der Künstemore

Further news are available in German only: News

Jossi Wieler. Film still © mindjazz pictures
Saturday, 24 Oct
Film and Talk

7 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

Das Haus der guten Geister

The film by Marcus Richardt and Lillian Rosa at the end of the directorship of Jossi Wieler at the Staatsoper Stuttgart (2018) shows how the humanity of the theatre is realised in the production of the opera The Queen of Spades in a multi-layered collective process throughout the entire opera house. Barrie Kosky in conversation with Jossi Wieler and the filmmakers Marcus Richardt and Lillian Rosa. In German.

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Portrait of a young Tuareg woman during the independence celebration in Niger, Agadez, 2016 © Ferhat Bouda/Agence VU
Sunday, 25 Oct
Award Ceremony

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Ellen Auerbach Fellowship for Photography 2020. Ferhat Bouda

Ferhat Bouda’s lifelong project is devoted to the Berbers, whose culture has survived despite the repressions they have endured for hundreds of years. He has set him-self the task of preserving the singularity of this culture through and in photographs. Welcome: Jeanine Meerapfel. Laudatory address: Hubertus von Amelunxen. Artist talk: Ferhat Bouda, Barbara Klemm. In German.

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Muoto: Campus building of the University of Paris-Saclay, 2011-2016. Photo: Maxime Delvaux
Wednesday, 28 Oct
Presentation

7 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

New realism in France

In France, a new generation of architects has emerged, taking up the tradition of rationalist discourse and at the same time developing with a radical approach to the realities. ARCH+ invites some outstanding representatives of this generation. With Stéphanie Bru, Alexandre Theriot, Yves Moreau, Anne Lacaton and Finn Geipel. Moderation: André Kempe and Anh-Linh Ngo. In English.

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Alexander Lang. Photo © Alexej Paryla
Thursday, 29 Oct
Award Ceremony

7 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

Konrad Wolf Prize 2020. Alexander Lang

This year’s Konrad Wolf Prize of the Akademie der Künste goes to the director and actor Alexander Lang. The jurors are honouring an artist whose work had a large hand in shaping the direction of renewal in East German theatre. Award ceremony with Alexander Lang, Volker Braun, Elisabeth Gaulhofer, Christian Grashof, Hans-Dieter Schütt, Klaus Völker and Jutta Wachowiak. In German.

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Toshiki Okada. Photo © Kikuko Usuyama 
Monday, 2 Nov
Lecture

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

How Imagination Works. Valeska-Gert-Gastprofessur Toshiki Okada

For Toshiki Okada, director, author, founder and director of the chelfitch Company, Tokyo, imagination is at the heart of making theatre: “I see imagination on stage as a kind of choreographer; it is very often a genius at finding crazy movements you cannot create through theoretical thinking.” With Toshiki Okada, Gabriele Brandstetter, Matthias Lilienthal, Nele Hertling. In German and English.

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Suitcase by Walter Benjamin – Application for a trip to Portbou. Photo © KUNSTWELTEN
Tuesday, 3 Nov
Exhibition Opening

10 am

Metall-Labor Bitterfeld-Wolfen
Zörbiger Str. 21c
06749 Bitterfeld-Wolfen

ON MY WAY – Stories from Europe

In pictures, films, texts, music and a radio play, pupils tell of desired and forced journeys in Europe. Berlin students follow Walter Benjamin’s escape route from the National Socialists to Portbou in Spain. Young people from Prague go in search of traces of John Heartfield in their city. A musical excursion takes Bitterfeld children to a lake near their school. Exhibition opening with Uwe Schulze, Klaus Staeck et al. In German.

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Wolfgang Kohlhaase. Photo © Inge Zimmermann
Tuesday, 3 Nov
Rady Play and Talk

7 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studiofoyer

Die Grünstein-Variante
Eine Geschichte in Erinnerung an Geschichten, die Ludwig Turek erzählt hat

Wolfgang Kohlhaase has developed the script for a radio play based on the stories of the writer and adventurer Ludwig Turek. In 1939, a German captain, a Greek cook and a Polish-Jewish butcher meet in a Parisian prison, caught in a web of bureaucracy that camouflages the political conditions. Talk with Wolfgang Kohlhaase and Barbara Plensat. In German.

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