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Ensemble Proton Bern. Photo © Remo Ubezio
Ensemble Proton Bern. Photo © Remo Ubezio

Winter Music. Wavering World View
10 — 11 Dec 2022

Concerts and Discussions

An unusual instrument is at the centre of this festival edition.The programme includes "wavering" works that resemble the 16th century upheaval in which Nicola Vicentino invented the "Arciorgano". Ensemble Proton plays works by Caspar Johannes Walter, Arnold Dreyblatt, Peter Michael Hamel, Rolf Riehm, Adriana Hölszky, Annette Schmucki, Thomas Kessler, Sidney Corbett et al.

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Provenance Research
29 Oct 2022 — 22 Jan 2023

Exhibition

What impact did the National Socialist dictatorship, the Second World War and the division of Germany have on the history of ownership of artworks, books and cultural assets? The exhibition provides insights into the detective work and methods of provenance research, identifies Nazi-looted art that is now part of the Akademie’s holdings and other surprising research findings from the collection.

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Graphic design: Eps51
Graphic design: Eps51

The Freedom of Art in Times of War and Crisis
15 — 16 Dec 2022

Conference

Since its foundation the European Alliance of Academies has been working for artistic freedom in Europe. In view of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, at the fourth joint conference, Alliance members will speak about the effects of the war on artistic freedom.

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© Heimann + Schwantes
© Heimann + Schwantes

The latest issue explores the prerequisites for preserving the role of public media as an instrument of democracy, the challenges of artificial intelligence, and the important role of (art) critique. Other topics are the fundamental consequences political radicalization in Europe has for artistic freedom, Nan Goldin's photographs and the exhibtion "Provenance Research".

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© Vsevolod Kazarin and Sebastian Wells / OSTKREUZ
© Vsevolod Kazarin and Sebastian Wells / OSTKREUZ

In cooperation with the Akademie der Künste, the first issue of Solomiya, established in April 2022 in response to Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, was published in early July 2022. It was the result of collaboration between the Kyiv-based photographer Vsevolod Kazarin and Sebastian Wells, photographer from Berlin and member of OSTKREUZ – Agentur der Fotografen.

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Anna Seghers Museum
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 Bertolt Brecht, actress and theatre director Helene Weigel and the writer Anna Seghers. 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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Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg. Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg. Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

The Akademie der Künste is an international community of artists that currently totals 426 members in its six Sections (Visual Arts, Architecture, Music, Literature, Performing Arts, Film and Media Arts). It 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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Now available: Journal der Künste 19more

LOOM – Interweaving the Arts in Europemore

New independent magazine Solomiya presents works by Ukrainian JUNGE AKADEMIE fellows Sasha Kurmaz and Mykola Ridnymore

War in Ukraine: Support for Artists and Cultural Workersmore

Further news are available in German only: News

msk7, Residenzpflicht, 10 Artist's Residencies for 10 New Buildings of Modular Refugee Housing in Berlin, Berlin 2019 to 2022 © Martin Schönfeld
Friday, 9 Dec
Panel Discussion

6 pm

Architektenkammer Berlin
Alte Jakobstraße 149
10969 Berlin

Art for Democracy

Art in public spaces and art on buildings are important components of the state's mandate for the professional visual arts. Representatives of the Berlin Senate, its parliamentary groups and visual artists discuss about the basis upon which the state mandate for art is implemented and how this mandate reflects democracy and the principle of co-determination for artists. In German.

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Ensemble Proton Bern. Photo © Remo Ubezio
10 – 11 Dec
Concerts and Discussions

Hanseatenweg

Halle 2

Winter Music. Wavering World View

An unusual instrument is at the centre of this festival edition. Curated by Carola Bauckholt and Iris ter Schiphorst, the programme includes "wavering" works that resemble the 16th century upheaval in which Nicola Vicentino invented the "Arciorgano". Ensemble Proton plays works by Caspar Johannes Walter, Arnold Dreyblatt, Peter Michael Hamel, Rolf Riehm, Adriana Hölszky, Annette Schmucki, Thomas Kessler, Sidney Corbett and Anda Kryeziu.

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Anna Seghers Museum in Berlin-Adlershof © Andreas [FranzXaver] Süß
Tuesday, 13 Dec
Tour

2 pm

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

Anna Seghers in the circle of her friends

Anna Seghers, who often appeared rather shy and cautious, found support among her friends, whom she trusted unreservedly, with whom she exchanged ideas and laughed unselfconsciously. The writer remained close to the actresses Steffie Spira and Helene Weigel, the author Berta Waterstradt and the politician Lore Wolf until the end of her life. In German.

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Gerd-Peter Eigner (around 1980). Unknown photographer 
Tuesday, 13 Dec
Book presentation and Reading

8 pm

Brecht-Haus
Chausseestr. 125 
10115 Berlin

Gerd-Peter Eigner: Der blaue Koffer

The autobiographical novel edited from the estate tells the story of becoming a non-conformist and restless writer traumatised during the Second World War. Sieglinde Geisel talks to Hans Christoph Buch, Alban Nikolai Herbst and Gabriele Radecke about personal encounters with Gerd-Peter Eigner and his archive at the Akademie der Künste. In German.

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Photo: Ingeborg Fries
Wednesday, 14 Dec
Tour

2 pm

Brecht-Weigel-Museum
Chausseestraße 125
10115 Berlin

Famous women

The resting places of famous women in art and culture are the focus of this guided tour of the Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof cemetery. It tells of the writers Christa Wolf and Annemarie Bostroem, the artists Beatrice Zweig and Doris Kahane, the opera director Ruth Berghaus and many others. In German.

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Anna Seghers Museum in Berlin-Adlershof © Andreas [FranzXaver] Süß
Thursday, 15 Dec
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. In German.

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Upcoming

Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2022. Nan Goldin Exbibition: 20 Jan – 19 Mar 2023, Award ceremony: 3 Mar 2023 more