21 December 2021

Exhibition, 16 January – 13 March 2022
Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin

Invitation to a press conference and press preview

Exhibition halls open from 10 am

Werner Heegewaldt, Director of the Archives of the Akademie der Künste
Stephan Dörschel, Head of the Performing Arts Archives
Stephan Suschke, Curator of the exhibition
Welcome address: Jeanine Meerapfel, President of the Akademie der Künste

Please mail accreditation requests to presse@adk.de 
Attendance of the press conference is limited to those with proof of vaccination or of recovery from a COVID-19 infection.

“Heiner Müller was important for my work because I was enormously inspired by his so different way of thinking and because I could always remain autonomous as an artist when working with him,” is how the Austrian stage designer Erich Wonder remembers his collaborative theatre work with the playwright Heiner Müller. From their first meeting in 1977 at the playhouse in Frankfurt am Main until Heiner Müller’s death in 1995, this artistic friendship was to last and bring forth legendary productions. Der Auftrag (Schauspielhaus Bochum, 1982), Der Lohndrücker (Deutsches Theater Berlin, 1988), Hamlet/Maschine (Deutsches Theater Berlin, 1990) and Tristan und Isolde (Bayreuth Festival, 1993) set standards because they reflected, in an aesthetically breathtaking way, political developments in both divided and reunified Germany.

The exhibition renders visible the way Heiner Müller and Erich Wonder collaborated. It presents, largely for the first time, paintings and large-format watercolours by Erich Wonder, texts by Heiner Müller, photographs by Sibylle Bergemann, costumes by Yohji Yamamoto and film excerpts from productions. The exhibition is taking place to mark the acquisition of Erich Wonder’s archive by the Akademie der Künste, which has also been preserving Heiner Müller’s literary estate since 1998.

Exhibition details
Duration 16.01. – 13.03.2022
Tue – Sun 11 am – 7 pm, admission € 9/6
Admission is free on Tuesdays from 3 pm and on the 1st Sunday of the month and for under-18s
Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin, T +49 (0)30 200 57-1000
Media partners: arte, Das Magazin, nachtkritik.de, rbbKultur, taz, Theater der Zeit, Yorck Kinogruppe

COVID-related attendance restrictions for the press conference
Attendance is limited solely to those who are vaccinated or have recovered from an infection. Further details of the required proof can be found here.
Documenting those attending is obligatory as well as the wearing of an FFP mask throughout the Akademie building.

Press photos: here

Press contact:
Dorothea Walther, Tel. 030/7700 8798, walther@adk.de
Mareike Wenzlau, Tel. 030/20057-1566, wenzlau@adk.de

See press release of 2 November 2021