Publications

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 carnival-themed murals painted by the 1957/58 master students in the coal cellar of the Akademie der Künste on Pariser Platz form a unique legacy left by a young opposition faction in East Berlin's painting scene. The book is aimed at a broad audience with informative texts on the artists involved, as well as contemporary and new photos of the murals themselves. It also caters to experts with new archival findings and problem-oriented essays.

For over 50 years now, Volker Pfüller has been creating unmistakable stage designs for theatre. His collaboration with Alexander Lang at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin during the eighties was legendary. The book documents his wide range of visual creativity as shown in his designs for stage and costume, his legendary book illustrations and his independent artistic work. Contributions by Friedrich Dieckmann, René Grohnert, Thomas Glöß et al.

Eberhard Fechner was a genre-defining documentary filmmaker working in West German television. The fourth volume in the series Fernsehen. Geschichte. Ästhetik is dedicated to this chronicler of everyday life. In their essays, Rolf Aurich, Matthias Dell, Jan Gympel and Sven Kramer explore aesthetic aspects of his films, his unfinished film projects, his interview techniques and his commitment to the idea, initiated in the Akademie der Künste, of a German media library, which exists today as the Mediathek Fernsehen in the Deutsche Kinemathek.

Journal der Künste 11, with the following articles: Thoughts on a European alliance of the academies by Jeanine Meerapfel; Carte Blanche for Doris Dörrie; Kathrin Röggla with Spaltpilz on censorship and persecution in art; Heidi Specker on Helga Paris, as well as articles by Ramy Al-Asheq and Cemile Sahin from the JUNGE AKADEMIE. From the archive: Precision and pathos – On the new edition of Sonate pour piano by Jean Barraqué; a letter from Theodor Fontane to Carl Hauptmann as an artefact; and much more.

The 20th century is the century of dance. Under this pointed thesis, awakenings, emancipation movements and aesthetic transformations of modern and contemporary dance are brought together in 100 photographs and statements by dancers, from Isadora Duncan to Mary Wigman, Merce Cunningham and Pina Bausch to Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Xavier Le Roy, among others. With accompanying essays by Gabriele Brandstetter, Franz-Anton Cramer, Johannes Odenthal and Madeline Ritter.