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.
CONTINENT – In Search of Europe
Ingo Taubhorn und OSTKREUZ – Agentur der Fotografen, in Zusammenarbeit mit der Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Hartmann Books, Stuttgart 2020
German/English, 436 pp., 300 ill.
€ 39,90 (published in Oct 2020)
With the title CONTINENT – In Search of Europe, the publication of the same name will be published to accompany the exhibition. As an artistic and political statement, OSTKREUZ – Agentur für Fotografen focuses on presentday Europe and critically examines it in 22 positions. On the occasion of the collective’s thirtieth anniversary, the book invites readers to reflect on Europe in a dynamic and complex way through a variety of perspectives.
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Positions on the European City for the 21st Century
Tim Rieniets, Matthias Sauerbruch, Jörn Walter
Akademie der Künste, Berlin / ArchiTangle GmbH, Berlin 2020
English, 224 pp., 300 ill.
€ 38 (during the exhibition € 30, published in Sep 2020)
The European city has been an engine of civilisation since its creation. Today, however, fundamental challenges such as climate change mean it is facing changes that cast doubt on the continuity and sustainability of the ethical foundations of urban life. On the basis of projects, visions and manifestos, the members of the Architecture Section and their guests from all over Europe present their positions for a new direction.
Journal der Künste 13
Published three times a year (German/English) available free of charge ISSN (Print EN) 2627-2490 ISSN (Online EN) 2627-5198
The Journal der Künste 13 with the following contributions: Wolfgang Kaleck, Eva Horn, A. L. Kennedy, Kathrin Röggla, Anh-Linh Ngo, Adrienne Goehler on criticism and crisis in the time of the pandemic. Oliver Sturm, Paul Plamper and Jochen Meißner with contributions on the 100th anniversary of radio and contemporary radio drama. Photographer Johanna-Maria Fritz in an interview about her work on magic and witches in Romania’s Roma community in the context of the exhibition “Continent – Searching for Europe” (02/10/20 – 10/01/2021). Iranian filmmaker Farhad Delaram on the Iranian film scene, censorship and his own way of approaching and handling it. News from the Archives brings contributions about Max Eitingon and Arnold Zweig, the story of an extraordinary comeback and much more.
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John Heartfield. Photography plus Dynamite
Angela Lammert, Rosa von der Schulenburg and Anna Schultz on behalf of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin (Eds.), Akademie der Künste, Berlin / Hirmer Verlag 2020 312 pages, 250 illustrations ISBN 978-3-7774-3443-8 (English edition) € 39,90, € 29,90 (limited offer until 23 August 2020)
The political photomontages and collaged book covers of John Heartfield (1891–1968) have their origins in Berlin Dada. With gripping imagery and trenchant humour, the artist fought against war and Fascism, using works whose explosive power has lost none of its impact today. Like his animated films and theatre work, they are discussed in the context of his own and others' artworks, as well as the archive materials and images he collected. Supplemented by contemporary artists' statements.
John Heartfield. Das Berliner Adressbuch 1950–1968
Christine Fischer-Defoy and Michael Krejsa on behalf of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin (Eds.), Akademie der Künste, Berlin / Quintus-Verlag 2020
200 pages, 91 illustrations
ISBN 978-3947215-75-1 (German edition)
John Heartfield – photomonteur, graphic artist and set designer – used this Berlin address book after he returned from exile in London and settled in the GDR. It is now kept in the archives of the Akademie der Künste. Many entries are accompanied by previously unpublished correspondence and photographs, offering profound commentary. Excerpts from the address book, pertaining to about 120 addressees, are enriched with biographical notes, anecdotes and quotes from letters.