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.
Andrej Tarkowski. Stalker Film und Ausnahmezustand
Cornelia Klauß, Claus Löser and Jule Reuter (eds.)
Akademie der Künste, Berlin 2020
104 pp., 75 ill.
Order number 6045
Forty years after the release of the film Stalker, a symposium exclusively dedicated to this masterpiece by Andrei Tarkovsky took place at the Akademie der Künste in 2019. Its dystopian and disturbing nature continues to preoccupy many filmmakers and artists today. The contributions, published both in print and online on the Akademie der Künste website, cover topics such as the film’s production history, the ambiguous garden and landscape theme, references to science fiction, its reception in the East and West, and the video game version of it.
Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives
Akademie der Künste, Berlin 2021
English, 110 pp., 70 ill.
Order number 7017-E
Free of charge with the purchase of an exhibition ticket
An exhibition magazine accompanying the “Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives” exhibition, which is available free of charge with an admission ticket. With texts and images by the participating artists, detailed background material on the archive exhibits and articles on memory work and memory culture by Aleida Assmann, Christina Baldacci, Sharon Macdonald, Doreen Mende, Nora Sternfeld and others.
Montage oder Fake News? Von Heartfield bis Twitter
Angela Lammert on behalf of the Akademie der Künste
Akademie der Künste, Berlin / Steidl, Göttingen 2021
German, 264 pp., 164 ill.
Order number 1197
This volume was produced in 2020 on the occasion of the “John Heartfield. Photography plus Dynamite” exhibition and addresses the changing mechanisms of action and circulation of montage image practices from historical photomontage to fake news. The theoretical and artistic contributions primarily revolve around the question of the “truths” of images today and the possibilities of their critical (de)construction.
Journal der Künste 15
Published three times a year (German/English), available free of charge
ISSN (Print EN) 2627-2490
ISSN (Online EN) 2627-5198
Photo series by Sebastian Wells and Maurice Weiss, contributions by Jeanine Meerapfel, Kathrin Röggla and criminologist Christine Hentschel, a conversation with Andres Veiel and workshop reports from an accommodation for refugees look at the topicality of “Pandemic and Society”. For this year‘s Akademie programme focus “Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives”, the Carte Blanche goes to Candice Breitz and reflections by Siegfried Zielinski, Matthias Sauerbruch, music performer Raed Yassin and artists Jim Chuchu and Njoki Ngumi follow. The Archives explore literary connections between Budapest and Berlin, remember Werner Düttmann and launch “Heinrich Mann DIGITAL”.
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Brecht probt Galilei. 1955/56
Dokumentation und Feature / 3 CDs im Buch mit Leineneinband, 150 Minuten, Regie: Stephan Suschke, speak low, Berlin 2020 ISBN 978-3-940018-96-0 € 24
Brecht’s last rehearsal work Life of Galileo with Ernst Busch was recorded by Hans Bunge. The audio book presents two of a good one hundred hours, selected and commented on by Stephan Suschke, as well as a feature by Joachim Werner and Stephan Suschke that emphasises the rhythmic-sounding appeal of the work. You can listen to live theatre work on a highly topical play.