Press Releases 2018


20 December 2018

The Akademie der Künste has awarded the 2018 Will Grohmann Prize to art critic Kolja Reichert. The prize, which is worth 6,000 euros, will be presented during the awards ceremony for the Berlin Art Prize on 18 March 2019 at the Akademie der Künste, … more

18 December 2018

John Heartfield (1891–1968) was one of the most important and innovative political satirical artists to use his work to oppose Fascism. His posters and book covers for the Malik-Verlag and magazine covers for the Arbeiter-Illustrierte-Zeitung (AIZ) … more

17 December 2018

On 12 December 2018, Mannheim-born writer Wilhelm Genazino died in Frankfurt, aged 75. He had been a member of the Akademie der Künste since 2011. In 2004 he received the Georg Büchner Prize, the most prestigious German prize for literature. The … more

12 December 2018

The Akademie der Künste has taken the redesign of the entrance area of the Brecht-Haus Berlin as an opportunity for a change of name. The flats of the artist couple, Bertolt Brecht and Helene Weigel, at Chausseestrasse 125, hitherto referred to as … more

12 December 2018

The present head of the Music division of the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD, Julia Gerlach, will be the new Secretary of the Music Section of the Akademie der Künste, starting from 1st January 2019. A curator and producer of contemporary … more

5 December 2018

Wulf Herzogenrath – Akademie member and a previous director of the Kunsthalle Bremen for many years – has given his archive to the Akademie der Künste. As a curator, Wulf Herzogenrath decisively contributed to the establishment of video art as a … more


21 November 2018

The Anna Seghers-Preis, endowed with € 8,000 for each prizewinner, is being awarded to Brazilian author Julián Fuks and Berlin author Manja Präkels. In the spirit of Anna Seghers, this literary award is given to writers whose works contribute to … more

14 November 2018

As part of its lecture series ‟On the Duty and the Power of Architecture" the Architecture Section is showcasing current works by international members of the Akademie der Künste. Following Víctor López Cotelo, Eduardo Souto de Moura and Patrik … more

14 November 2018

In Heiner Müller's view, it was "not a love marriage, but a marriage of convenience": Twentyfive years ago, the artists' associations in the two parts of Germany united as one German Akademie der Künste. The State Treaty on the Academy of … more

12 November 2018

In 2018 the Akademie der Künste is awarding the Ellen Auerbach Fellowship for International Photography to Annette Frick. Akademie members Hubertus von Amelunxen and Helke Misselwitz will speak at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, 14 November, … more

9 November 2018

As creators of arts and culture in Germany we do not stand above things. Rather we have both feet firmly on the ground – the very ground upon which one of the worst state crimes against humanity was committed. This country has seen art vilified as … more

8 November 2018

On 7 and 8 December 2018, the first festival in the new Winter Music series will take place at the Akademie der Künste. In the future, the two- to three-day festival of contemporary music, which also includes spatial, performative and visual … more

6 November 2018

A gala of radio to mark the 52nd members' meeting of the Akademie Saturday, 17 November, 8 p.m., Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg The Akademie der Künste examines the precarious situation of radio art at a public event to celebrate its 52nd … more

1 November 2018

The international forum Videoart at Midnight (VAM), dedicated to fostering film, media and video art in Berlin, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in December 2018. The VAM Festival is accompanied by four exhibitions, in addition to a two-day … more


31 October 2018

More than 1000 feature films were made in Germany between 1933 and 1945. Only very few of them were open propaganda. But, by the same token, they were not harmless entertainment either. Nazi cinema was a state-controlled industry. At the same time, … more

29 October 2018

Remembrance and commemoration continue to be necessary – both as an obligation to the victims and as an impetus to shape our present and future. Eighty years to the day after the November pogroms, a number of special events will be taking place at … more

25 October 2018

Hito Steyerl is the recipient of the Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2019. With this award, the Akademie der Künste honours an international artist, whose special interest lies in the media, technology and the dissemination of images. Her work includes texts, … more

18 October 2018

Katharina Rutschky (1941–2010) and Michael Rutschky (1943–2018) were amongst the most renowned essayists of their generation. And now their publishings which have been bequeathed form part of the literature archive of the Akademie der Künste. … more

18 October 2018

In 2018 the Akademie der Künste is awarding the Ellen Auerbach Fellowship for Photography to Annette Frick. This advancement fellowship for international photographers, endowed with 20,000 euros, is financed from the estate of Ellen Auerbach and … more

5 October 2018

Jeanine Meerapfel talks with Wolfgang Benz, Anetta Kahane, Felix Klein, Luca Lombardi and Monika Schwarz-Friesel Tuesday, 16 October, 8 pm Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin >> Press tickets: Tel. + 49 (0)30 … more


17 September 2018

Archive Opening on 25 September 2018, Pariser Platz The Akademie der Künste has taken over the estate of Peter Voigt (1933–2015); with a special event on 25 September the Akademie is paying tribute to the documentary filmmaker and offering … more

10 September 2018

The plenary session of the European Parliament will be voting on the EU Copyright Directive on 12 September 2018. It is high time for the so-called trilogue negotiations between the EU Commission, the Council of the European Union and the European … more

7 September 2018

Opening Event on 29 September 2018, 5 pm Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz On 29 September the Akademie der Künste is opening its "Picture Cellar" to the general public. A series of murals, which were created in 1957 and 1958 for two … more


31 August 2018

Nine years after the death of the theatre director Jürgen Gosch, the Akademie der Künste and Koberstein Film are dedicating a three-day programme to him. A film with previously unreleased recordings documents the rehearsals for his last directorial … more

21 August 2018

Tuesday, 4 September, 8 pm Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin >> Press tickets:, Tel. + 49 (0)30 20057-1514 In her Academy Dialogue series, Akademie President Jeanine Meerapfel talks with author Deborah Feldman … more

14 August 2018

Following venues in Ludwigshafen am Rhein (Rhineland-Palatinate) and in Linz, Austria, this year the documentary exhibition Children in Exile can be seen at the Abgeordnetenhaus of Berlin (House of Representatives) from 6–28 September 2018. … more

10 August 2018

The Destruction of Pompeii (Der Untergang Pompejis), one of the major works by Oscar Begas (1828-1883) in the art collection of the Akademie der Künste, which still bears the damage it suffered during the war, is finally to be restored thanks to a … more

7 August 2018

Exhibition halls open from 10:30 am Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin Please register for the press briefing at: Tel. +49 (0)30 200 57-1514 or With Marcel Odenbach, artist, member of the jury and of the Visual Arts … more

2 August 2018

The exhibition about the artistic friendship between Elfi Mikesch, Rosa von Praunheim and Werner Schroeter ends in ten days. On Saturday, 11 August 2018, at 4 pm, Elfi Mikesch and Rosa von Praunheim invite the general public to the closing event … more


31 July 2018

Each year the Visual Arts Section of the Akademie der Künste introduces the work of one of its members at the Kurt Tucholsky Literaturmuseum in Rheinsberg Palace. This year's exhibition is dedicated to Dieter Appelt. It features recent drawings … more

25 July 2018

With contributions from Christian Bommarius, Helmut Draxler, Matthias Flügge, László F. Földényi, Mathias Greffrath, Francis Kéré, Kathrin Röggla, Michael Ruetz, Karin Sander, Eran Schaerf, Micha Ullman, Christina Weiss, Moshe Zimmermann and … more

9 July 2018

At this year's spring General Assembly (4/5 May), 14 new members were elected to the Akademie der Künste. All have now accepted the election. The new members of the Visual Arts Section are Douglas Gordon, Bjørn Melhus, Gregor Schneider and Luc … more


28 June 2018

On 1 July 2018 the former head of the research department at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach (DLM), Marcel Lepper, will assume direction of the Literature Archive at the Akademie der Künste. He is the successor to literary scholar Sabine Wolf, … more

21 June 2018

Event with Klaus Staeck, Sebastian Turner, Annette Vowinckel and Astrid Frohloff (presentation) on Thursday, 28 June 2018, Pariser Platz John Heartfield (1891-1968) was one of the most eminent and innovative political satirical artists in the … more

5 June 2018

In the third symposium of the Colonial Repercussions event series on 23 and 24 June, titled "Planetary Utopias – Hope, Desire, Imaginaries in a Post-Colonial World", Nikita Dhawan (Professor of Political Theory and Gender Studies), together with … more


31 May 2018

The Akademie der Künste on Hanseatenweg is one of the venues of the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. The opening of all Biennale exhibition venues, such as the HAU – Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2), the KW Institute for Contemporary Art , the … more

28 May 2018

Following its Members' General Assembly on 4–5 May 2018, the Akademie der Künste ‒ an international community of more than 400 artists ‒ issued an open letter. It is addressed to Edgardo Mario Malaroda, the Ambassador of the Argentine … more

22 May 2018

From 24 to 31 May 2018, under the title "Values Verse Art", Haus für Poesie invites international poets to attend the 19th poesiefestival berlin, to examine values through the art of verse and bring them to the stage as poetry. Berlin galleries and … more

15 May 2018

Following its Members' General Assembly on 4–5 May 2018, the Akademie der Künste ‒ an international community of more than 400 artists ‒ issued an open letter. It is addressed to Shi Mingde, the ambassador of the People's Republic of … more

14 May 2018

The O.E. Hasse Foundation has awarded the O.E. Hasse Prize 2018 to Noah Saavedra, student of acting at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch. The prize is endowed with EUR 5,000 and is presented on an annual basis in alternation to students … more

5 May 2018

Election results of the 51st General Assembly of Members of the Akademie der Künste Today, 05 May 2018, the members of the Akademie der Künste re-elected film director, screenwriter and producer Jeanine Meerapfel as President at the General … more

3 May 2018

Under the curatorship of Nana Adusei-Poku (Scholar for Cultural Studies and Art History) the discursive platform "Performances of No-thingness" represents an inquiry into Black diasporic cultural productions as a critique on hegemonic concepts of … more


27 April 2018

The 51st members' assembly of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin will be held on 4 and 5 May. Scheduled elections are coming up this year: the president and vice president will be elected, along with the directors and deputy directors of the six … more

25 April 2018

Exhibition halls open from 10:30 am Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin Please register for the press event in advance: Tel. +49 (0)30 200 571 514 or With Elfi Mikesch, photographer, cinematographer, director and … more

23 April 2018

Programme Night on 28 April; AGORA ARTES exhibition until 13 May; PLENUM on 3 May; Villa Serpentara, Basel-Berlin and Schlubach-Hirschmeier Fellows give accounts of their 2017 fellowships on 8 May Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg Over the next … more

19 April 2018

The Theater der Zeit publishing house has just published an elaborate and comprehensive book on the work of set and costume designer Martin Rupprecht, who recently passed away. It was of great importance to the artist to establish a visual link … more

16 April 2018

Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 7 pm, Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz With Shida Bazyar, Larissa Boehning, Ralph Hammerthaler, Kerstin Hensel, Sabine Peters, Katerina Poladjan and Senthuran Varatharajah As part of the project by Akademie der Künste … more

12 April 2018

The entirety of Carl Einstein's work manuscripts and letters can now be accessed as 8,000 pages in digitalised form in the data base of Akademie der Künste at The digitalisation was made possible with the cooperation of the Haus … more

9 April 2018

Gerhard Bohner's final choreography, SOS, was created in close collaboration with, and for, Jutta Hell and Dieter Baumann (Tanzcompagnie Rubato). In June 1991 the duet was premiered in the upper foyer of the Hebbel Theatre Berlin, and alongside his … more

5 April 2018

The exhibition By-Products of Love focuses on three artists who were bound together by an intense, lifelong friendship: photographer, cinematographer and director Elfi Mikesch, film maker and activist Rosa von Praunheim and theatre, opera and film … more


28 March 2018

Opening on 8 April, 12 noon With Micha Ullman, Moshe Zimmermann, Matthias Flügge and Jeanine Meerapfel 8–22 April 2018 Israeli artist Micha Ullman has realised important art projects in public space in Berlin and throughout Germany. One of his … more

21 March 2018

Two years after the death of Imre Kertész and at the suggestion of Ingo Schulze, the Akademie der Künste is organising the first international symposium on the Nobel laureate in literature in Germany. The eponymous phrase "Holocaust als Kultur" was … more


28 February 2018

Johannes Odenthal in discussion with Ayşe Çağlar, CANAN, Mario Levi and Azra Tüzünoğlu 8 March 2018, 8 pm (Thursday) Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin Discussion in Turkish and German Admission: €6/4, free admission up to 18 … more

22 February 2018

Exhibition hall open from 12.30 p.m. Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin Registration for the press conference is required: tel.: +49 (0)30 200 571 514 or With Markus Müller, curator 'Free Music Production/FMP: The … more

21 February 2018

The Akademie der Künste has acquired the archive of art historian, publicist and exhibition organiser Katrin Sello, which it is presenting to the public in a special event on Hanseatenweg on 4 March 2018. In 1976 Katrin Sello (1941–1992) became … more

19 February 2018

The Architecture Section of the Akademie is inviting guests to a five-part series of lectures, and giving its international members the opportunity to showcase their current work to the Berlin public. Bearing the title 'On the Duty and the Power of … more

13 February 2018

Adrian Piper receives the Käthe-Kollwitz-Preis 2018. The Akademie der Künste honours with this award an artist working on an international level and analytical philosopher, who has had a considerable influence on American conceptual art since the … more

7 February 2018

Opening 17th May 2018, 7 pm; on display 18th May – 12th August 2018 For the first time the exhibition "By-Products of Love. An Exhibition with Works by Elfi Mikesch, Rosa von Praunheim, and Werner Schroeter" introduces and spatially brings … more

6 February 2018

The Akademie der Künste is more than concerned about the discourse characterised by terms alien to art that has emerged around the poem ciudad (avenidas) by its member Eugen Gomringer. The very nature and freedom of art is threatened when one … more


31 January 2018

Architecture, in particular, has been heavily affected by the financial crisis in Spain. Many publically and privately funded buildings were under construction, and yet just as many remained unfinished. After 2009 no decision had been made as to … more

26 January 2018

Alfred Holighaus in discussion with Christian Bräuer, Peter Dinges, Hans W. Geißendörfer, Joachim Kühn and Jeanine Meerapfel 6 February 2018, 8 pm (Tuesday) Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin Admission: € 6/4, free … more

16 January 2018

Awards Ceremony with Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller and Akademie President Jeanine Meerapfel on 18 March on Pariser Platz. Thomas Demand, a sculptor and photographer, is awarded the Großer Kunstpreis Berlin (Berlin Art Prize: Grand … more

11 January 2018

Under the curatorship of Wolfgang Kaleck (General Secretary of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, ECCHR) and Karina Theurer (ECCHR) international legal experts will join the two-day opening conference on 26 and 27 January 2018 … more

5 January 2018

The historical figure of Joan of Arc is a national hero in France. Friedrich Schiller dedicated one of his most well-known dramas to the "Maid of Orléans". A similar story is told about Malalai of Maiwand in Afghanistan, a paramedic in the war of … more