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

On the occasion of Werner Düttmann’s 100th birthday, the Akademie der Künste is publishing his speeches and writings, which are held in its archives. The architect, urban planner and Academy President was a humorous and astute observer, reflective and visionary: his texts read like highly topical, relevant contributions to the architectural and urban planning debates that continue to this day.

To the online edition

Contributions by Aleida Assmann and Max Czollek on memory, art and archives continue the “work on memory” in issue 16. The themes of the European Alliance of Academies founded by Jeanine Meerapfel - freedom of art and transnational solidarity against the Europe-wide shift to the right – resonate, among others, in an essay by Radka Denemarková and a photo series by Matei Bejenaru. “Emptiness / White / Silence” are the keywords in the issue’s focus on the exhibition “Nothing to see ness”. Also: Joseph Beuys in a photo series by Michael Ruetz, Bernhard Maaz on the correspondence between Karl Scheffler and Hans Purrmann, the Carte Blanche for Arila Siegert, and much more.


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Vocal coach, conductor and composer Martin Rosebery d’Arguto (1890–1942) lead a significant workers’ choir to musical excellence in Berlin in the 1920s und received great recognition for his work. In 1939, he was imprisoned at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, where he organised a secret choir for the Jewish prisoners. All trace of him was lost in October 1942 between Dachau und Auschwitz.

From workers’ sports to a visit to the zoo – GDR poster art of the 1950s is entertaining, funny and varied. For the cult GDR poster calendar 2022, twelve colourful motifs have again been selected from over 50,000 posters held in the Akademie’s own collection. They tell of everyday life in the GDR from a plate of sausages and sun cream to needlework and sporting bets.

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.