Press Releases 2020


18 December 2020

Television recording of Bertolt Brecht’s Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder with Helene Weigel in the leading role In cooperation with the Bertolt Brecht Archive of the Akademie der Künste, a legendary production – Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder … more


30 November 2020

This year’s Büchner Prize winner Elke Erb has entrusted her literary estate to the Akademie der Künste archives. Erb is one of the most unconventional poets of her generation and at the same time a discussion partner for numerous younger authors. … more

20 November 2020

The Akademie der Künste has been following with concern the fate of Haus Baensch in Berlin-Spandau, which was designed and built by its former president Hans Scharoun in 1934/35. Along with Haus Schminke, Haus Mattern and Haus Moll, Haus Baensch … more

3 November 2020

Press release in Hungarian / A közlemény magyarul The Akademie der Künste has received the literary estate of Péter Esterházy (1950-2016) from his family. The Hungarian writer had been a member of the community of artists since 1998. As a … more


30 October 2020

In times of increasing polarisation of society, our social cohesion depends essentially on art and culture. Like education, they must therefore be a central factor in all strategic and structural considerations. It is essential to maintain the … more

30 October 2020

Due to current corona-related regulations, the Akademie der Künste is suspending events from 2 to 30 November 2020. The exhibitions at Pariser Platz and Hanseatenweg will be closed as of Monday, as will the Brecht-Weigel Museum and the Anna-Seghers … more

21 October 2020

Sibylle Hoiman has been head of the department Architecture Archives since  September 1,  2020. Hoiman holds a PhD in art history with research interests in the history of architecture and garden art of the 18th to 20th centuries. She has … more

20 October 2020

Sunday, 25 October 2020, 7 pm, Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz The Akademie der Künste is awarding the 2020 Ellen Auerbach Fellowship for Photography to the photographer Ferhat Bouda. At the presentation ceremony on Sunday, 25 October 2020, … more

19 October 2020

The Akademie der Künste is establishing a Roger Melis Archive. Melis would have been 80 years old on 20 October 2020. The Akademie has agreed with the estate’s executor Dr Matthias Bertram to gradually accommodate the artistic estate of the … more

10 October 2020

At the invitation from the Akademie der Künste, over the last three days (8 – 10 October), around 70 representatives of European art academies and cultural institutions gathered for a hybrid conference to initiate a "European Alliance of … more

6 October 2020

Saturday, 10 October 2020, 11 am Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin Accreditation at:  With Jeanine Meerapfel, President of the Akademie der Künste Kathrin Röggla, Vice-President of the Akademie der Künste … more


21 September 2020

Europe needs cultural cohesion and transnational solidarity more than ever. The Akademie der Künste has therefore initiated an alliance of European academies that advocates the freedom of art and can respond in solidarity to political restrictions. … more

17 September 2020

Maria Eichhorn has been awarded the 2021 Käthe Kollwitz Prize worth EUR 12,000. The jury comprising Akademie members Richard Deacon, Bjørn Melhus and Adrian Piper are keen to stress that “with her works and research projects [the artist] has been … more

15 September 2020

Invitation to the press conference: Tuesday, 29 September 2020, 11 am Exhibition halls open from 9:30 am Press conference: 11 am – 12 pm Exhibition tours with the curator before and after the press conference Ingo Taubhorn and the OSTKREUZ … more

9 September 2020

The two museums of the Akademie der Künste, the Anna Seghers Museum in Berlin-Adlershof and the Brecht-Weigel Museum in Berlin-Mitte are now open to the public again. The living and working rooms of writer Anna Seghers and artist couple Bertolt … more

2 September 2020

On the occasion of Berlin Art Week 2020, the new edition of Hans Haacke’s Wir (alle) sind das Volk will be installed as a banner on the façade of the Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz, among other places. The work, which was first shown at … more

1 September 2020

Shelly Kupferberg in discussion with Priya Basil, Eva Horn, Cem Özdemir and Jeanine Meerapfel Monday, 14 September, 7 pm Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin >> Press tickets:  Right-wing violence and … more


28 August 2020

Another Akademie der Künste digital platform went online today. In order to promote and present young art, the JUNGE AKADEMIE has developed a new offering for fellows and alumni at – a transdisciplinary and transcultural … more

27 August 2020

This year’s Konrad Wolf Prize of the Akademie der Künste goes to the director and actor Alexander Lang. The presentation of the award worth EUR 5,000 will take place on 29 October 2020 in Berlin. The jury comprised Akademie members Christian … more

24 August 2020

At the initiative invitation of the Akademie der Künste around 70 representatives of European art academies and cultural institutions are meeting for a hybrid conference to establish a "European Alliance of Academies". Considering the current … more

18 August 2020

Invitation to preview and press conference: Thursday, 3 September 2020, 11 am Exhibition halls open from 10 am Followed by an exhibition tour with the curators Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin With Jeanine Meerapfel, President of … more

17 August 2020

The exhibition John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite closes in six days. John Heartfield (1891–1968) was one of the 20th century’s most innovative artists. His now iconic political photomontages were beacons in the fight against National … more

14 August 2020

Originally planned as a public event held in conjunction with the John Heartfield exhibition at the Akademie der Künste, due to the current situation the interdisciplinary symposium is taking place exclusively online. Three panels with more than 22 … more

13 August 2020

The Akademie der Künste is awarding the Ellen Auerbach Fellowship for Photography 2020 to the Algerian photographer Ferhat Bouda. Financed from the estate of Ellen Auerbach, the fellowship for international photographers worth EUR 20,000 is awarded … more

12 August 2020

Art archives need to be viewed. Without pictures, it is impossible to understand and sensually experience manuscripts, photos, models, paintings, drawings and videos. To make its diverse collections of modern art more accessible, the Akademie der … more

3 August 2020

The Academy of Arts protests against the instrumentalisation of the Centre d’Art Contemporain Walter Benjamin by the new mayor of Perpignan, Louis Aliot, deputy of the “Rassemblement National”, and is expressing its solidarity with the open … more


27 July 2020

An exhibition by members of the Architecture Section of the Akademie der Künste 5 September – 22 November 2020 Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Berlin, all halls Press preview Thursday, 3 September 2020, 11 am Please register for the press … more

16 July 2020

Four artists-in-residence have been selected for the 2020 programmes of VISIT, JUNGE AKADEMIE of the Akademie der Künste, and innogy Stiftung (iS). A jury awarded one grant on the theme of Human-Machine, part of the artist-in-residence programme at … more

13 July 2020

For the first time, the renowned photography collective OSTKREUZ – Agentur der Fotografen has produced a podcast series to accompany its next group exhibition CONTINENT – In Search of Europe. From now on, one of 22 episodes will appear twice a … more


30 June 2020

The Akademie der Künste has been awarding the Käthe Kollwitz Prize every year since 1960. Together with the Heinrich Mann Prize instituted in 1950, this is one of the Akademie’s oldest awards. In celebration of the 60th anniversary of its … more

15 June 2020

2 October 2020 – 10 January 2021, opening on Thursday, 1 October Press preview on Tuesday, 29 September, 11 am, Pariser Platz. From 2 October 2020 to 10 January 2021 the Akademie der Künste will present CONTINENT – In Search of Europe, a … more


27 May 2020

The exhibition John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite is on view at the Akademie der Künste on Pariser Platz from 2 June to 23 August 2020. All precautions have been taken so that visitors may comply with required public health and safety … more

25 May 2020

On 6 June, "Labor Beethoven 2020" will kick off as a virtual festival, including the virtual exhibition "Labor 1802-2020", and will be accessible at The Akademie der Künste hereby presents a complete programme produced … more

18 May 2020

The last entries for the shortest audio plays, produced quick'n'dirty (aka MikroFlitzer), closed on Sunday, with 16 productions nominated, including four 'corona plays' The 11. Berliner Hörspielfestival (BHF, 11th Berlin Audio … more

13 May 2020

Despite the impact of the corona pandemic, the Akademie der Künste remains open and accessible to a wide audience through its various online channels. In the new series "Akademie Mitglieder im Gespräch" (Akademie Members in Dialogue), artists share … more


20 April 2020

Despite the coronavirus crisis, the 11. Berliner Hörspielfestival (BHF, 11th Berlin Audio Play Festival) is taking place as planned from 21‒24 May 2020. It began in 2008 at Strandbad Weißensee, as a gathering and competition of the independent … more


27 March 2020

On the occasion of his 80th birthday on March 30th, 2020, Uwe Timm handed over the first part of his premortem bequest to the Archives of the Akademie der Künste. Manuscripts, document collections, correspondences with personalities including Egon … more

16 March 2020

John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite Postponement of the Exhibition and Press Preview Due to the acute risk associated with the corona virus, the Akademie der Künste has closed its exhibitions, archives, collections and library. All public … more

11 March 2020

As a result of the continuing spread of the coronavirus and the current recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute – reduction of social contacts with the aim of avoiding infections in private, public and work-related environments – the … more

6 March 2020

At a ceremony today, Jeanine Meerapfel, President of the Akademie der Künste since 2015, will be awarded the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class. Minister of State Monika Grütters will present her with the award on behalf of Federal President … more

4 March 2020

Invitation to the preview of the exhibition and to the press conference: Thursday, 19 March 2020, 11 am Exhibition space opens at 10:30 am Curators' tours through the exhibition follow the conference Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 … more


28 February 2020

The Junge Akademie of the Akademie der Künste, in partnership with VISIT, the artist-in-residence programme of the innogy Stiftung für Energie und Gesellschaft foundation, is offering a new international fellowship to fund projects at the interface … more

26 February 2020

Following the opening of the cellar itself in autumn of 2018, a new illustrated book is now being published, entitled Picture Cellar. Murals in the Cellar of the Akademie der Künste. Featuring numerous previously unpublished photographs and archival … more

20 February 2020

John Heartfield's (1891–1968) political photomontages have lost none of their explosive force. They remain a powerful and highly effective means of visual rhetoric. Using strategies meant to enlighten and persuade, Heartfield attempted to mobilise … more

17 February 2020

Bruno Henschel received his publisher's license in 1945, initially in the area of theatre distribution: In the subsequent years he developed the Henschel Publishing House (Henschelverlag) into a leading publisher for the arts in the GDR. The … more

4 February 2020

Akademie der Künste presents Labor Beethoven 2020, a contemporary reading of Beethoven's anniversary year with a focus on experimentation. The festival will condense the musical and interdisciplinary output achieved over four years of artistic … more

4 February 2020

>> Press tickets:, tel. 030 200 57-1514 Too big, too small, too political, too superficial ... The opinions on current film festivals are manifold and controversial. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Berlinale, Akademie … more


21 January 2020

The Akademie der Künste is awarding its Heinrich Mann Prize to the literary scholar and essayist Eva Horn, who teaches in Vienna. The decision was made by a jury consisting of Julia Encke, Gustav Seibt, and last year's award-winner, Danilo Scholz. … more

14 January 2020

Invitation to press tour Saturday, 1 February 2020, 5 pm With the artists and Clara Herrmann, head of the Junge Akademie Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin Registration for the press event is requested: Tel. + 49 (0)30 200 57-1514 … more

10 January 2020

South Korean composer Younghi Pagh-Paan is to receive the Berlin Art Prize – Grand Prize 2020. The prize will be presented on 18 March by Klaus Lederer, Senator for Culture and Europe, and Akademie President Jeanine Meerapfel. The Akademie der … more