The Akademie der Künste publishes its own publications in connection with exhibitions and special events, as well as new acquisitions in the archives. These include exhibition catalogues, symposia documentation, monographs on individual artists, as well as publications on thematic main focuses and on selected archival collections.

Our publications can be ordered by phone or email, and you can visit our bookstore on Hanseatenweg in Berlin, which has access to all of the Akademie der Künste’s available books and antiquarian rarities.


Sinn und Form

Every two months, the Akademie der Künste also issues the “Sinn und Form” (Purpose and Form) journal.

Founded in 1949 by Johannes R. Becher and Paul Wiegler, the cultural magazine Sinn und Form (Purpose and Form), published by the Akademie der Künste, is one of the most influential of its kind in Germany. Originally addressed to a literary audience in particular, the journal today is also a venue for philosophical, aesthetic, and social issues, for the meeting of art and science, poetry and anthropology, and is thus a key publication for many Academy members. The ambitious programme has an international focus and comprises selected letters and conversations, essays, poems, and narratives. Findings from the extensive Academy Archive continue to be presented.

Current Publications

The exhibition catalogue encompasses all the work studies and paintings in the show – including completely unknown works on paper – investigating for the first time the potential of a single motif running through Bridget Riley’s creative oeuvre: the circle as form. In a brief history, the texts explore this “strictest of all forms” within the scope of its dynamic ability to unfold, the significance of studies, and scalability.

Works by the 2023 recipient of the Käthe Kollwitz Prize, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, focus on conflicts with which societies all over the world are currently grappling. She tackles questions relating to gender and sexuality, intercultural reflections and spiritual practices, confronting them with archetypes of our collective consciousness and social taboos. Human existence is at the centre of her poetic visual world – explicitly, women and the female body. The exhibition catalogue contains numerous illustrations and an essay by Siegfried Zielinski.

The AI Anarchies Book sheds light on the debate surrounding AI and ethics from an artistic and scholarly perspective, exploring new approaches to the topic. As documentation, reflection and toolbox, the publication conveys knowledge and background information on the AI Anarchies Autumn Academy (2023) and the artistic projects created within the programme in essays, interviews, image galleries and recipes.

The Serpentara’s 150th anniversary takes a fresh look at this inspirational location. In 1873, artists saved the oak grove in Olevano Romano, Italy, from being cut down. Today, Villa Serpentara is a residence for visiting fellows from the Akademie der Künste. In 15 contributions, Serpentara artists, eyewitnesses and art historians explore the myth, visual motif and stories surrounding the famous oak grove, offering new approaches to its history.

How can time and transience be visualised? How can changes in a society or an urban space be documented? Since the mid-1960s, artist Michael Ruetz has been observing the transformation of natural and urban environments at places in Berlin, Germany and Europe in a photographic study. His works, called Timescapes, comprise more than 600 locations and thousands of photographs. The central concept of Timescapes is that the position and visual axis of the camera always remain the same, while only the time intervals of the photo series vary.