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.
Journal der Künste 5
Published four times a year(German/English),
available free of charge
ISSN (Print) 2510-5221
ISSN (Online) 2512-9082
To the Online-edition: https://issuu.com/journalderkuenste
To the online edition: https://issuu.com/journalderkuenste
Journal der Künste 5 will be available in German and English now, providing an overview of the focus of the future programme and information about new acquisitions and finds from the Akademie's archives. With contributions on the Underground and Improvisation and Abfallprodukte der Liebe projects or the Wo kommen wir hin interdisciplinary research project, as well as the lecture My Inner Europe (Cette Europe qui est en moi) by Alain Mabanckou, and the lecture on the Valeska Gert Visiting Professorship by Lia Rodrigues, and much more.
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Von Berlin nach Los Angeles. Die Musikwissenschaftlerin Anneliese Landau
Daniela Reinhold on behalf of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin (ed.)
Akademie der Künste / Hentrich & Hentrich, Berlin, 2017
German, 340 pp., 15 ill.
As a young musicologist, Anneliese Landau (1903–1991) was at the beginning of a promising career. In 1933, she was left with only the activities for the Jewish cultural association. In 1940, she emigrated to the United States and soon found a new home in Los Angeles, where she worked as the Music Director of the Jewish Center Association. Her autobiography, together with extracts from letters from her parents who remained in Berlin as well as Landau’s correspondence with composers, have now been published for the first time.
In die Luft schreiben
Luc Bondy und sein Theater
Geoffrey Layton on behalf of the Akademie der Künste (ed.)
Akademie der Künste / Alexander Verlag Berlin, Berlin, 2017
German, 320 pp., 300 ill.
In November 2015, the director, artistic director and writer Luc Bondy died in Paris at the age of 67. This book explores the wealth and variety of his work – his international theatre career, reflected by his companions, as well as the introspective thoughts of a writer and the creative chaos that resulted from his stage productions.
Journal der Künste 4
Special Edition: Die Mitglieder
(The Members of the Akademie der Künste)
Published four times a year,
available free of charge
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Benjamin und Brecht.
Denken in Extremen
[Thinking in Extremes]
Erdmut Wizisla on behalf of the Akademie der Künste (ed.)
Akademie der Künste / Suhrkamp, Berlin 2017
German, 284 pp., 122 ill.
Communication between the well-known Svendborg chess partners recalls the royal game: It employed tiring tactics, surprise attacks, retreat, strategic partnership, checkmate – and a new game. The essays and artistic commentary in the book turn the spotlight on an extraordinary constellation, in which Benjamin and Brecht appear as contemporaries in a century of extremes. They developed models for art, for politics, thought processes and for life itself; sometimes "extreme on a trial basis" and sometimes playful. With texts by Minou Arjomand, Broomberg & Chanarin, Zoe Beloff, Durs Grünbein, Barbara Hahn, Alexander Kluge, Mark Lammert, Bernd-Peter Lange, Burkhardt Lindner, Thomas Martin, Ursula Marx, Frank-M. Raddatz, Jan Philipp Reemtsma, Kristin Schulz, Marcus Steinweg, Steffen Thiemann, B. K. Tragelehn, Edmund de Waal and Erdmut Wizisla.