Press Releases


11 September 2017

What happens during our encounter (rencontre) with a film, what the film does and how it can be translated into theory and action – this technique is closely associated with the films of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub, and yet is always in … more

6 September 2017

The political and social upheavals in Turkey have substantially altered conditions for those working in cultural fields. In the special event series “You Want Kilims, But I Do Films”, artists, writers, journalists, academics and scientists … more


29 August 2017

The Akademie der Künste Makes the Friendship between Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht the Focus of an Exhibition Exhibition opening: 25 October 2017, 7 pm Press conference: 25 October 2017, 11 am The relationship between Walter Benjamin … more

28 August 2017

Monday, 4 September, 8 pm Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin >> Press tickets:, Tel. +49 (0)30 20057-1514 Our society’s complex relationships and interconnections are difficult to understand. And their sheer variety … more

23 August 2017

This year, the Konrad Wolf Prize from the Akademie der Künste goes to the Hungarian film director Márta Mészáros. The prize, which is endowed with EUR 5,000, will be presented on 18 October. Jeanine Meerapfel, filmmaker and President of the … more

22 August 2017

Invitation to the Press Preview: Wednesday 13th September 2017, 1 pm Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin Registration requested: Tel. +49 (0)30 679 282 69 or With Annett Busch, Curator of the exhibition Tobias … more

15 August 2017

International conference on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Interbau Berlin 10th – 12th September 2017 The Cold War and the Iron Curtain have left behind a thinking in terms of incompatible contradictions. As such, 20th-century European … more


26 July 2017

Four-day experimental lab for electroacoustic music at the Akademie der Künste / 28 debuts and premieres / over 100 artists from 27 countries From 28th September to 1st October, the 2nd edition of the KONTAKTE Festival will turn the Akademie der … more

25 July 2017

Exhibition – Film Retrospective – Rencontres – Arnold Schönberg Week 14 September – 19 November 2017 Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg. The Akademie der Künste is dedicating an extensive two-month programme cycle to the oeuvre of … more

7 July 2017

13 new members were elected to the Akademie der Künste at this year's Spring General Assembly. All of them have accepted the engagement in the meantime. The Music Section welcomes: Chaya Czernowin, Hanna Hartman and Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje. … more


13 June 2017

Each year the Visual Arts Section at the Akademie der Künste introduces the oeuvre of one of its members at the Kurt Tucholsky Literaturmuseum in Rheinsberg Palace. This year’s exhibition is dedicated to Hanns Schimansky and shows a cross-section … more


30 May 2017

Accompanying the exhibition Otto Bartning (1883-1959). Architect of Social Modernism, an in-depth symposium on 9–10 June at the Akademie der Künste on Hanseatenweg is bringing together experts on Bartning. Sandra Wagner-Conzelmann, an … more

29 May 2017

Archive and book presentation on 8 June The Akademie der Künste is highlighting the archive of author Kurt Bartsch (1937-2010) with a special event on 8 June in the Akademie building on Hanseatenweg. After moving from East to West Berlin, Bartsch … more

23 May 2017

Archive opening on 28 May with Academy members Christian Grashof and Klaus Völker, as well as Petra Kelling, Kurt Groenewold and Esther Slevogt Throughout her lifetime Käthe Reichel (1926-2012) saw herself as a pupil of Bertolt Brecht. “Saint … more

10 May 2017

Tuesday 16 May, Pariser Platz With Pietro Benassi, Christina von Braun, Klaus Lederer, Robert Menasse and Jeanine Meerapfel Introducing the euro has not led to a reduction in the economic and social disparities between the EU Member States. The … more

3 May 2017

Archive presentation on 9 May, Pariser Platz Actor, photographer, translator, publisher, essayist – Hanns Zischler is one of Germany’s most versatile artists. In 2014, at the suggestion of the Literature Section he was elected a member of the … more

2 May 2017

Event on 6 May on the occasion of the spring General Assembly of Members of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin On 5 and 6 May 2017, the Akademie der Künste in Berlin is hosting the spring General Assembly of its Members. The points on the agenda … more


26 April 2017

Monika Grütters, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, in discussion with Stefan Kraus, Director of the KOLUMBA art museum of the Archdiocese of Cologne, and Jeanine Meerapfel, Akademie President and filmmaker Tuesday 2 May … more

25 April 2017

Programme Night on 29 April and AGORA ARTES Works Show until 14 May PLENUM of the 2017 Fellows on 4 May Over the next three weeks the JUNGE AKADEMIE (Young Academy) is bringing together 25 international artists in all fields of the arts for internal … more


30 March 2017

The Akademie der Künste is lending Renato Guttuso’s work Occupazione delle terre incolte (Occupation of Uncultivated Land, 1949-50) to the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig. Fifty years after it was shown at the same location as part of the … more

21 March 2017

Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin, starts at 7 pm Free admission Welcoming address: Kathrin Röggla, vice-president of the Akademie der Künste Laudation: Lothar Müller Acceptance speech: Gisela von Wysocki Reading: Hanns Zischler … more

13 March 2017

This coming Saturday the Berlin Art Prize – Jubilee Endowment 1848/1948 Awards take place at the Akademie der Künste. The governing mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, will award the prizes together with Jeanine Meerapfel, president of the Akademie … more

8 March 2017

Invitation to the Press Preview Thursday 30 March 2017, 11 am Exhibition halls open from 10 am Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin Registration requested: Tel. +49 (0)30 200 57-1514 or With Sandra Wagner-Conzelmann, … more

1 March 2017

Over the last years, poetry has attracted increasing attention, with some even talking of the rediscovery of a genre. Even though poetry in Germany continues to be regarded as the poor relation of a profit-orientated book market, the poetry scene has … more


27 February 2017

Tuesday 7 March, Pariser Platz Discussion participants: Agnieszka Holland, Enrique Sobejano, Cécile Wajsbrot, Nikolas Zirganos and Jeanine Meerapfel, presenter: Almut Möller The 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome falls in late … more

22 February 2017

Invitation to the Press Preview Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 11 am Exhibition hall open from 10 am Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin, Germany Registration for the Press Conference requested: Tel. +49 (0)30 200 57-1514 or email … more

20 February 2017

A new series of events at the Akademie der Künste 26 February with Turgut Erçetin, 2 April with Ahmet Öğüt The political and societal upheaval in Turkey has significantly changed the working situation of people engaged in the cultural sector. In … more

13 February 2017

In 2017, the O.E. Hasse Foundation is awarding this year’s O.E. Hasse Prize to William Bartley Cooper, a student at Munich’s Otto-Falckenberg-Schule. The prize, endowed with € 5,000, is dedicated to fostering outstanding young actors and … more

9 February 2017

On Friday 17 February, the Akademie der Künste opened the exhibition SELF-OPTIMISATION by the artists’ collective SCHAUM. In this exhibition, SCHAUM investigates the question of why and how individuals are focusing increasingly on themselves. … more

6 February 2017

The 2017 Busoni Composition Prize, endowed with prize money of € 6,000, has been awarded to the German composer Benjamin Scheuerer. The jury, comprising Hanspeter Kyburz, Enno Poppe and Cornelius Schwehr, all members of the music section, also … more


18 January 2017

Awards Ceremony with Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller and Akademie President Jeanine Meerapfel on 18 March The 2017 Großer Kunstpreis Berlin (Berlin Art Prize: Grand Prize) has been awarded to Turkish filmmaker Emin Alper. The Akademie der … more

10 January 2017

Tuesday 17 January 2017, Pariser Platz To start the new AKADEMIE-DIALOG series, Wolfgang Benz, a historian specialising in prejudice research, and Jeanine Meerapfel, Akademie president and filmmaker, take the book Juden unerwünscht (2016) edited by … more

9 January 2017

This year, the Akademie der Künste’s Heinrich-Mann-Preis is being awarded to Gisela von Wysocki, an essayist, novelist, radio play and theatre author, as well as critic in Berlin. She was selected by the jurors Friedrich Dieckmann, Matthias … more

5 January 2017

Special events programme during the last week of the show with Natasha A. Kelly, Sonia Kennebeck, Wim Wenders, Horst Bredekamp, Stefan Weber, Armin Nassehi, Grada Kilomba, Chantal Mouffe, et al. The exhibition Uncertain States. Artistic Strategies in … more