© Mareike Maage
© Mareike Maage

VISION RADIO.
I Can Hear What You Can’t See

17 Nov 2018

Radio Play and Discussion

Radio play artists Hermann Bohlen and Oliver Sturm have developed a gala of radio scenes which they produce live, short audio drama performances, an installation and intensive conversations. They moderate the evening with a broad spectrum of audio snippets derived from 100 years of radio plays, historic and contemporary. With Kathrin Angerer, Dunja Arnaszus, Heiner Goebbels, Thomas Heise, Susann Maria Hempel, Felix Kubin, Christina Kubisch, Ulrich Matthes, Paul Plamper, Kathrin Röggla and Andres Veiel. In German.

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Letters decorating Robert-Koch-Platz 7, main office of the Akademie der Künste zu Berlin until 1992 © Photo: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk, 2017 992 © Foto: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk, 2017
Letters decorating Robert-Koch-Platz 7, main office of the Akademie der Künste zu Berlin until 1992 © Photo: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk, 2017 992 © Foto: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk, 2017

25th Anniversary of a Unified Akademie
22 Nov 2018

Reading and Discussion

Twenty-five years ago, the artists' associations in the two parts of Germany (West Germany and the GDR) united as one German Akademie der Künste. The special anniversary gives the Akademie an occasion to look back at this unification. Katharina Wackernagel and Charly Hübner read texts from the unification process. In a panel discussion, Katharina Thalbach, Christoph Hein, Jürgen Becker, Ulrich Roloff-Momin and Klaus Staeck address developments within the Akademie over the past 25 years. Presentation: Alfred Eichhorn. In German.

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Foto: Brigitte Feldtmann
Foto: Brigitte Feldtmann

Winter Music 2018
7 + 8 Dec 2018

Concerts

One hall, two evenings, one to thirteen percussionists – that is the setup for the first edition of the new Winter Music festival series at the Akademie der Künste, curated by Manos Tsangaris and Enno Poppe. Two extensive concerts present works by current members of the Akademie der Künste's Music Section, including Carola Bauckholt, Vinko Globokar, Nicolaus A. Huber, Younghi Pagh-Paan, Enno Poppe, Rebecca Saunders, Dieter Schnebel, Mathias Spahlinger and Manos Tsangaris. With Schlagquartett Köln, Johannes Fischer and guests.

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

Upcoming:
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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Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz: view of the Brandenburg Gate © Manfred Mayer
Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz: view of the Brandenburg Gate © Manfred Mayer

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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Brecht-Weigel Gedenkstätte. Photo: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
Brecht-Weigel Gedenkstätte. 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 Memorial Centre in Berlin-Mitte and the Anna Seghers Memorial Centre 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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La Serra, 2017. Electromagnetic sound installation. Exhibition "SIlenzi d'Alberi", Treviso, Italy. Photo: Christina Kubisch
15 – 18 Nov
Installation

Hanseatenweg

Halle 1

Christina Kubisch PLAY – Twelve Listening Paths, 2018

Radio plays – unlike compositions, theatre plays, readings, etc. – are often not repeated after their first broadcast and lie silent in the radio archives. PLAY is a sound installation in which old and new radio plays by members of the Akademie der Künste can be experienced acoustically in a non-radiophonic context. The installation runs from 15 to 18 Nov 2018, on the days around the General Assembly. In German.

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Anne Lacaton. Photo © Philippe Ruault
Wednesday, 21 Nov
Lecture

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Anne Lacaton

Anne Lacaton has worked with Jean Philippe Vassal at their architectural offices Lacaton & Vassal in Paris since 1985. They gained recognition through numerous buildings and studies, opening the way for a social and sustainable approach to architectural language that also shows conceptual alternatives in the debates around social housing. Matthias Sauerbruch, Director of the Architecture Section, introduces and moderates the discussion that follows. In English.

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Letters decorating Robert-Koch-Platz 7, main office of the Akademie der Künste zu Berlin until 1992 © Photo: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk, 2017 992 © Foto: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk, 2017
Thursday, 22 Nov
Reading and Discussion

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

25th Anniversary of a Unified Akademie

Twenty-five years ago, the artists' associations in the two parts of Germany united as one German Akademie der Künste. The special anniversary gives the Akademie an occasion to look back at this unification. Katharina Wackernagel and Charly Hübner read texts from the unification process. In a panel discussion, Katharina Thalbach, Christoph Hein, Jürgen Becker, Ulrich Roloff-Momin and Klaus Staeck address developments within the Akademie over the past 25 years. Presentation: Alfred Eichhorn. In German.

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Manja Präkels, photo © Nane Diehl. Julián Fuks, photo: private
Friday, 23 Nov
Award Ceremony

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Anna Seghers Prize 2018 Julián Fuks – Manja Präkels

The Anna Seghers Prize, endowed with € 8,000 for each prizewinner, is being awarded to the Brazilian author Julián Fuks and the Berlin author Manja Präkels. In the spirit of Anna Seghers, this literary award is given to writers whose works contribute to a more just society. In A resistência, Julián Fuks writes about forced adoptions and exile during the Argentine military dictatorship. Manja Präkels describes an extreme rightwing milieu in Brandenburg in Als ich mit Hitler Schnapskirschen aß. In German.

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Georg Kaiser at the end of the 1920th. Photo: Riess
29 Nov – 30 Jun
Exhibition

Literaturhaus Magdeburg
Thiemstraße 7
39104 Magdeburg

Art and Life. Georg Kaiser – Dramatist of Modernity

Georg Kaiser was one of the most versatile and important German Expressionist dramatists. His plays are not only still astonishingly topical today, but anticipate ideas and images of the modern age. Photos, manuscripts, letters and theatre materials, including objects rarely on display, have been brought together from Kaiser's literary estate in the Akademie der Künste and from holdings in other archives to create a twentieth-century artist's biography. Exhibition opening on 29 Nov at 7 pm.

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Photo: Body Symphony bei KONTAKTE '17, Gregorio García Karman
Thursday, 29 Nov
Concert

8 pm

Sala Teatro del Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Havanna
Kuba

Body Symphony

The concert by the Studio for Electroacoustic Music with works from members, scholarship holders and prize winners of the Akademie, performed by Ernst Surberg (piano, keyboards) and Gregorio García Karman (sound direction), features compositions for piano and keyboard with fixed media, live electronics and video by famous and rising artists, which will be performed in Cuba for the first time. In collaboration with the Laboratorio Nacional de Música Electroacústica de Cuba.

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