UTOPIA. Keep on Moving
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UTOPIA. Keep on Moving
19 Apr – 26 May

Exhibitions and Events

In a time plagued by wars and upheavel, the Akademie der Künste is dedicating itself to the subject of utopia. Akademie President Jeanine Meerapfel has invited the artistic sections of the Akademie to participate in this programme dedicated to historical and contemporary utopias for imagining better futures. With artistic installations, lectures, talks, concerts, film screenings and theatre performances.

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Young short-haired woman with raised arms appears blurred against a red background
Denise Onen: Understanding, © Lili Bo Ming

Critical listening is the first step toward an ethics and aesthetics of care and freedom. Accepting new sounds gives access to other layers of history and experience. Artists from South Africa and Germany share their listening experiences in new sound works and installations, combining indigenous sound practices and spirituality with the latest technologies and contemporary forms of artistic expression.

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What contributions can artists make to demand a policy that addresses climate change efficiently and expediently? How can art encourage the necessary transformation of society? More than 40 Akademie members call on each and every individual to push for climate protection. Their statements can currently be read on the glass façade of the Akademie der Künste building on Pariser Platz.

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Anna Seghers Museum
Anna Seghers Museum in Berlin Adlershof, photo: © Andreas [FranzXaver] 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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Reading Room Pariser Platz
Reading Room Pariser Platz, photo: © Katja Strauß

The Library of the Arts is one of the largest special libraries on culture and the modernist arts. Its holdings are characterised by media from every artistic genre from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day, as well as valuable private libraries, which are accessible to everyone free of charge. The voyage of discovery through its treasures begins in the Reading Room and leads into the hidden stacks. Guided tour in German.

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Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz. Photo © Jeanette Gonsior
Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz. Photo © Jeanette Gonsior

The Akademie der Künste is an international community of artists that currently totals 409 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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Statement by the Visual Arts Section on the proposal for the Berlin Senate's new anti-discrimination clausemore

Statement by the Senate of the Akademie der Künstemore

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Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof (Dorotheenstadt Cemetery), Berlin Mitte, photo: © Ingeborg Fries
Wednesday, 17 Apr
Guided 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 (Dorotheenstadt 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. Thematic guided tour in German.

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Amanda Piña © Bea Borgers
Wednesday, 17 Apr
Opening Lecture

7 pm

Hanseatenweg

Clubraum

Valeska Gert Guest Professorship:
Amanda Piña

Chilean-Mexican-Austrian choreographer Amanda Piña’s work looks for escape routes to the outdated logics of modernity. In the opening lecture she will discuss how the re-appearance of ancestral forms of movement is a way of knowing through metamorphosis, as a form of dance and performance beyond the western frame of representation. In English.

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Still from Salut les Cubains, Agnès Varda © 1963 Ciné-Tamaris
20 – 21 Apr
Films and Talks

Hanseatenweg

Studio

UTOPIA. Keep on Moving Films from Latin America and elsewhere

Based on five films, Cuban film historian Luciano Castillo Rodríguez traces Latin American cinema’s political and aesthetic awakening and social utopias. Following in the footsteps of de Sica’s Miracle in Milan, the directors Cabrera, Sorín, Alea, Lilienthal and Varda draw on the power of poetry and emotion to tell not only of the belief that the world can change but also of its necessity. All films in Original version with subtitles.

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Isot Kilian with the Berliner Ensemble in Paris 1954. Next to her (from left): Manfred Wekwerth, Bertolt Brecht and Ernst Busch. Photo: Claus Küchenmeister
21 Apr – 2 Jun
Exhibition

Brecht-Weigel-Haus Buckow
Bertolt-Brecht-Straße 30
15377 Buckow

Dear Ise.
On the 100th birthday of Isot Kilian.

Actor Isot Kilian was Bertolt Brecht's assistant dramaturge and director at the Berliner Ensemble and also the poet's last lover. She later described this formative period of her life as “a wonderful and intense time, when dreams were still being fulfilled and the future looked very bright”. The exhibition includes documents from the Akademie der Künste’s Isot Kilian Archive, such as letters, photos and personal notes.

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Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof (Dorotheenstadt Cemetery), Berlin Mitte, photo: © Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Wednesday, 24 Apr
Guided Tour

2 pm

Brecht-Weigel Museum
Chausseestraße 125
10115 Berlin

Brecht and his people

The Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof (Dorotheenstadt Cemetery) is one of the most famous cemeteries in Berlin – not least because Brecht's last resting place is here. But many of his comrades-in-arms are also laid to rest here. If one were to draw threads between the graves, a densely interwoven web would emerge. The tour aims to trace these lines, references and influences. In German.

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Upcoming

UTOPIA. Keep on Moving Exhibitions & Events: 19 Apr – 26 May 2024 more

Oscillations. Cape Town – Berlin. Sonic Inquiries and Practices Exhibition: 27 Apr – 19 May 2024 more

Poesie der Zeit. Michael Ruetz – Timescapes 1966–2023 Exhibition: 9 May – 4 Aug 2024 more

Franz Kafka – The second century Lectures, readings, talks, film: 3 – 4 Jun 2024 more