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Photo: Stella Luncke and Josef Maria Schäfers
Photo: Stella Luncke and Josef Maria Schäfers

The 11th Berlin Audio Play Festival (BHF) is taking place from 21‒24 May 2020. All of the nominated audio plays will be streamed live, in real-time, over the YouTube channels of the BHF and the Akademie der Künste. Listeners are encouraged to cast their votes online, and will be able to listen to individual entries for an additional week. A total of 35 pieces from all genres of acoustic art are available for selection.

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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. Due to the coronavirus, the opening of the retrospective which shows the many facets of his art, from montage and book design to set design, photography and animated film, has been postponed until June 2020. An interactive 360° virtual tour lets you explore the exhibition at Pariser Platz.

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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.

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

Due to the acute risk associated with the coronavirus, the Akademie der Künste has closed its exhibitions, Archives, museums, collections and library until further notice. All public events are cancelled until further notice and the Akademie locations are no longer open to the public. We hope to welcome you back in person at the Akademie der Künste as soon as possible. Protect yourself and others and stay healthy!

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Journal der Künste, Ausgabe 12. Grafik: Heimann + Schwantes
Journal der Künste, issue 12. Graphic design: Heimann + Schwantes

The Akademie der Künste will be following the themes of Europe, cultural memory, and sustainability in 2020. The 12th issue of the Journal der Künste provides insights into the specific projects for the year, alongside discussions that follow on from last year's themes and are geared toward platforms for 2021. With articles by Aleida Assmann, Volker Braun, Francine Houben, Robert Kudielka, Michael Ruetz, Clemens Trautmann, Klaus Wolfram and many more.

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

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

Now Available: Journal der Künste 12more

Further news are available in German only: News

Photo: Stella Luncke and Josef Maria Schäfers

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Online Festival

Berlin’s 11th Independent Audio Play Festival

The 11. Berliner Hörspielfestival (BHF) is taking place from 21‒24 May 2020. All of the nominated audio plays will be streamed live over the YouTube channels of the BHF and the Akademie der Künste.

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Photo: Cemile Sahin, car, road, mountain (2020), film still

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Online laboratory

JUNGE AKADEMIE: Laboratory of Contested Space / Art & Truthtelling

Impulse lectures and artistic contributions by the JUNGE AKADEMIE in the context of the “John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite” exhibition at the Akademie der Künste – from 27 May 2020.

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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

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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

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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

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Exhibition

John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite

Due to the coronavirus, the exhibition opening has been postponed until June 2020. Instead, the Akademie der Künste is making several digital offerings available as an alternative to the analogue exhibition and the accompanying programme of events.

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

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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.

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Graphics: Heimann + Schwantes

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Publication

Journal der Künste 12

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

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Graphics: Heimann + Schwantes

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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.

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Photo: Gernot Krämer

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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.

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Upcoming

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

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