Long Night of Exile

Talks, presentations, readings

Artistic experiences of flight, foreignness and exile are the focus of a long night that spans an arc from emigration during the National Socialist era to the present. The evening is the prelude to the first “Days of Exile” in Berlin. 

Organised by: Körber-Stiftung, Stiftung Exilmuseum Berlin,  Akademie der Künste Berlin, Writers-in-Exile Programme of the German PEN Center.


6 pm
Jeanine Meerapfel, Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Lothar Dittmer, Körber-Stiftung; André Schmitz, Stiftung Exilmuseum Berlin

Opening: Speech on Exile
Herta Müller, patron

6:45 pm
Exile as a Signature of the 20th and 21st Century?
Talk with Parastou Forouhar, Andreas Kossert and other guests

7:40 pm
The Days of Exil Berlin – an invitation
Sven Tetzlaff, Körber-Stiftung; Cornelia Vossen, Stiftung Exilmuseum Berlin Studio

7:45 pm

8:10 pm
Presentation of the Exile Visual Arts Award

8:30 pm
Poetry and Prose from Contemporary Exile
With Umar Abdul Nasser, Kholoud Charaf and Zhenia Berezhna, fellows of the Writers-in-Exile Programme of the German PEN Center

9:15 pm

9:30 pm
Work in Progress: The planned Exilmuseum in Berlin
Cornelia Vossen, curator, Stiftung Exilmuseum Berlin

9:45 pm
News from Exile. Texts on Art and Exile from the Archives of the Akademie der Künste 1933 to 1945
With Bibiana Beglau and Peter Jordan

6 pm – midnight

  • “Art and Exile 1933-1945. The Exile Archives of the Akademie der Künste”
  • “Life in Exile”, Körber-Stiftung
  • “Why an Exilemuseum?”, Stiftung Exilmuseum Berlin
  • The App “Exit Exil”, Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e.V.
  • Music: Anna Margolina Band
  • “The last word has not yet been spoken” – artists in exile yesterday and today. Akademie der Künste, Berlin and Junge Akademie

“The last word has not yet been spoken” 

The history of artists in exile is intimately connected to the past and present of the Akademie der Künste, from caring for the estates of German artists who fled the country to contemporary artists from abroad whom the Akademie supports in finding refuge in today's Germany. In the glass corridor of the Hanseatenweg, the joint exhibition of documents and artworks from the Academy's archive and the Junge Akademie provides a small glimpse into these stories.

Featured artists: Andrey Anro (graphic artist, 1987, Belarus, Artist-at-Risk fellow 2022 in cooperation with the Martin-Roth-Initiative); Ellen Auerbach (photographer, 1906, Karlsruhe – 2004, New York City, USA); Ilse Berend-Groa (actress, director, author, 1885, Landsberg an der Warthe – 1972, Budapest); David Ludwig Bloch (painter, lithographer, 1910, Floß, Oberpfalz – 2002, Barrytown/New York, USA); Bertolt Brecht (writer, 1898, Augsburg – 1956, Berlin (East)); Sylta Busse (stage designer, 1906, Westerland, Sylt – 1989, Augsburg); Lea Grundig (graphic artist, 1906, Dresden – 1977, during a cruise on the Mediterranean); Wieland Herzfelde (publisher, writer, 1896, Weggis, Switzerland – 1988, Berlin (East)); Robert Kahn (composer, university teacher, 1865, Mannheim – 1951, Biddenden, Kent); Mina Keshavarz (filmmaker, 1984, Iran, Villa Serpentara fellow 2022); Heinrich Mann (writer, 1871, Lübeck – 1950, Santa Monica, USA); Vasilisa Palianina (graphic artist and ceramicist, 1986, Belarus, Artist-at-Risk fellow 2022 in cooperation with the Martin Roth Initiative); Julius Posener (architect, architectural historian, 1904, Berlin – 1996, Berlin); Harry Rosenthal (architect, 1892, Posen – 1966, London); Anna Seghers (writer, 1900, Mainz – 1983, Berlin (East)); Heinrich Vogeler (painter, graphic artist, 1872, Bremen – 1942, Kornejewka, SU); Heinz Worner (sculptor, 1910, Charlottenburg – 2008, Berlin); Arnold Zweig (writer, 1887, Glogau, province of Silesia – 1968, Berlin (East)) and Aurora Verlag (1944 – 1947).

Friday, 8 Sep 2023

With Bibiana Beglau, Lothar Dittmer, Parastou Forouhar, Peter Jordan, Jeanine Meerapfel, Herta Müller, André Schmitz et al.

In German

Free admission