“Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives”: Main programme with exhibition and events, May – November 2021. More: www.adk.de/gedaechtnis.

 Syowia Kyambi, Kaspale/The Lecture Room Intervention, Video Still. Photo: Carl Kühl, MARKK Museum, 2019
Syowia Kyambi, Kaspale/The Lecture Room Intervention, Video Still. Photo: Carl Kühl, MARKK Museum, 2019

The performative discussion UNEXPECTED LESSONS deals artistically and scientifically with the decolonisation of memory and knowledge, with knowledge forms and practices of the African continent and questions about classical museum forms of preservation and presentation. It will take place in parallel in Berlin, Nairobi and in digital space as part of the TALKING OBJECTS LAB. In English. Live stream on 11 and 12 June 2021.

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Fiston Mwanza Mujila. Photo: Jürgen Fuchs

poesiefestival berlin 2021: There lies Europe
11 – 17 June 2021

Festival

The 22nd poesiefestival berlin celebrates European poetry in its diversity of forms and languages, and builds poetic bridges across the continent despite the pandemic. The online festival will open with “Weltklang – Night of Poetry”. Fiston Mwanza Mujila will present an anthology on the poetry of the Black Diaspora in Europe. Selected productions will be shown as videos at Hanseatenweg. Live streams: 11 – 17 June 2021.

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"Erinnern ist Arbeit" [Remembering is work], exhibition project by Einar Schleef, 1992, in the marstall, Berlin. Photo © Ute Schendel. VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives
17 June — 19 Sep

Exhibition

Cultural memory is the basis of humanity’s future, and the arts and cultural institutions have a decisive role to play in this. The exhibition illuminates different aspects of the culture of memory with featuring 13 commissioned works by contemporary artists and 15 exemplary selected exhibits from the Akademe der Künste’s archives.

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Richard Deacon, Flat 27, 2016. Photo: Mareike Tocha

Richard Deacon. On the Surface
19 June — 28 Aug

Exhibition

Every year, the Visual Arts Section presents the work of one of its members at the Kurt Tucholsky Literaturmuseum. This year's exhibition is dedicated to Richard Deacon and focuses on his new ceramic works. The sculptor, known for his experiments with materials, is interested in the interplay of control and chance in the creation of the coloured glazes as surfaces.

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"Werner Düttmann. Building. Berlin." – Presentation of the Brücke-Museum in the foyer of Akademie der Künste. Photo: Silke Briel © Brücke-Museum

Werner Düttmann. Building. Berlin.
17 Apr – 29 Aug 2021

Presentation

Berlin architect, urban planner and long-time Akademie President Werner Düttmann (1921-1983) was born 100 years ago, on 6 March 1921. As part of the Düttmann exhibition of the Brücke Museum, a presentation on his special relationship to the Akademie der Künste – to the building as well as to the institution – will be shown in the foyer.

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Graphic design © Ta-Trung, Berlin
Graphic design © Ta-Trung, Berlin

Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives
May – Nov 2021

Exhibition and Events

The Akademie der Künste and its Archives are a place of artistic memory work. On the occasion of its 325th anniversary, the Akademie is engaging in a new process of reflecting on its own institution as memory storage. The extensive main programme revolves around a number of event series and a central exhibition with 13 commissioned works by contemporary artists.

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Back of the painting Portrait Hanns Meinke by Rudolf G. Bunk © Photo: Carolin Faude-Nagel
Back of the painting Portrait Hanns Meinke by Rudolf G. Bunk © Photo: Carolin Faude-Nagel

A digital showcase affords an insight into the extensive holdings of the Archives of the Akademie der Künste. digital.adk.de. encompasses all art forms and archives of outstanding artists in the German-speaking world and makes them accessible. The varied stories of ownership of selected paintings and sculptures in the art collection are presented here.

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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 404 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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Syowia Kyambi, Kaspale/The Lecture Room Intervention, Video Still. Photo: Carl Kühl, MARKK Museum, 2019

DIGITAL

Symposium

UNEXPECTED LESSONS – Decolonizing Memory and Knowledge

The performative discussion UNEXPECTED LESSONS deals artistically and scientifically with the decolonisation of memory and knowledge, with knowledge forms and practices of the African continent and questions about classical museum forms of preservation and presentation. It will take place in parallel in Berlin, Nairobi and in digital space as part of the TALKING OBJECTS LAB. In English. Live stream on 11 and 12 June 2021.

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Fiston Mwanza Mujila. Photo: Jürgen Fuchs

DIGITAL

Festival

poesiefestival berlin 2021: There lies Europe

The 22nd poesiefestival berlin celebrates European poetry in its diversity of forms and languages, and builds poetic bridges across the continent despite the pandemic. The online festival will open with “Weltklang – Night of Poetry”. Fiston Mwanza Mujila will present an anthology on the poetry of the Black Diaspora in Europe. Selected productions will be shown as videos at Hanseatenweg. Live streams: 11 – 17 June 2021.

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Graphic design © Ta-Trung, Berlin

DIGITAL

Discussions

Archive Carousel …inspired by John Cage’s Rolywholyover Pictures of an Exhibition – The Installation “Entfernte Verwandte”

Arnold Dreyblatt and Thomas Heise have dug deep into the Archives of the Akademie der Künste. With their extensive research projects, the visual artist/composer and the filmmaker/author deal in different ways with the Akademie’s substance and history. Artist talks with Arnold Dreyblatt and Thomas Heise as well as film screening. In German. Live stream on 15 June 2021, 7 pm.

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Graphic design © Ta-Trung, Berlin

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Readings and Discussion

Rewriting Memories

Literature as evidence, and the mindfulness and resistance of literary memories: Ulrike Draesner, Ingo Schulze, Meena Kandasamy and Mohamed Mbougar Sarr read and talk about personal and collective memories in relation to colonial past and authoritarian memory cultures of the present, gaps in the archive and the writing of counter narratives. In German and English. Live stream on 22 June 2021, 7 pm.

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Graphic design © Ta-Trung, Berlin

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Lecture

Candice Breitz: Never Ending Stories

In her talk, the visual artist Candice Breitz presents her new installation “Digest” for the „Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives“ exhibition, which addresses questions on gender, power and proto-feminist survival strategies. “Digest” consists of 1,001 sealed video cassettes, the covers of which have been painted black except for one verb from the respective film title that is still visible. In English. Live stream on 29 June 2021, 7 pm.

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