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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.

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.

Benjamin and Brecht decided to write a crime novel in autumn 1933. Steffen Thiemann has turned Brecht’s plot into woodcuts and set down Benjamin’s ideas as footnotes. It’s a story about blackmail that ends fatally. With texts by Steffen Thiemann and Erdmut Wizisla.

Volume 3 of this notebook edition faithfully publishes four notebooks from 1921 for the first time. The focus is on Brecht’s third major work for the theatre, Im Dickicht (In the Jungle). In addition, numerous unknown drafts, notes about readings and private debates can also be found. The editors expand on Brecht’s entries in detailed text commentaries, while providing new knowledge about his work and biography.

The controlled economy of the GDR advertised a straightforward range of products in surprising, ingenious and effective ways. Twelve colourful motifs from the Akademie der Künste’s poster collection offer insights into the wonderful, funny and effective world of GDR advertising from the 1950s. With short texts by Matthias Biskupek.

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Katja Lange-Müller opens the third edition of the Journal der Künste with thoughts on literature and writing, followed by Jutta Brückner’s commitment to work against "unconscious bias". With essays by Nikita Dhawan, and from the Akademie archives, the Akademie’s upcoming main focus – on the subject of colonialism – is being prepared. Christina Kubisch contributes an artistic analysis of silence, while Annett Busch and Tobias Hering lead tours in the exhibition on Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub. Jeanine Meerapfel talks with Rainer Esser, CEO of ZEIT Verlagsgruppe, and so much more.

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Debuting at the start of 2017, the new Journal der Künste will continue to be published four times a year. The free magazine provides information in German about the Akademie der Künste’s main events, publishes cultural-political contributions, introduces planned projects, and shows newly discovered objects from the archives. It is the Akademie's artistic and cultural-political thinking space. Edition 2/17 includes essays by Chantal Mouffe, Emin Alper, Gerhard Pfennig, Kathrin Röggla, Mark Lammert, et al.

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