From 2 Nov 2020, all events at the Akademie der Künste have temporarily been suspended due to corona conditions. The exhibitions and museums are closed. You are welcome to discover our digital offers in the meantime. We hope to see you again soon!

Picture Cellar, in the foreground mural by Harald Metzkes and Manfred Böttcher © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, photo: Andreas FranzXaver Süß
12 Sep – 31 Dec

Picture Cellar

Murals by Manfred Böttcher, Harald Metzkes, Ernst Schroeder, Horst Zickelbein

Guided tours with a maximum of five visitors per tour

Wednesdays at 6 pm

In German

€ 6/4

The exhibition is closed from 2 Nov until initially 31 Dec 2020.

Jordis Antonia Schlösser, Jewish Community Center, Łódź, 2018, from the series The Unexpected Generation – New Jewish Life in Eastern Europe, 2016–2018 © Jordis Antonia Schlösser/OSTKREUZ
2 Oct 2020 – 10 Jan 2021

CONTINENT – In Search of Europe

Tue – Sun 11 am – 7 pm
Thur 11 am – 10 pm

Closed on 24 and 31 Dec

€ 9/6

Free admission for under 19s and from 1 – 4 Oct

Guided tours with limited numbers of participants, Thur 6 pm (German), Thur 7 pm (English), Sun at 11 am and noon (with participating photographers) – with the exception of 27 Dec 2020, 3 Jan 2021, 10 Jan 2021

Curator’s tours with Ingo Taubhorn: 10 Oct 5 pm
€ 3 plus exhibition ticket

The exhibition is closed from 2 Nov until initially 31 Dec 2020.

© Arnold Dreyblatt
1 Oct 2019 – 28 Feb 2021
Multimedia Installation

Arnold Dreyblatt: REPERTOIRE

Daily 10 am – 8 pm

The installation is closed from 2 Nov, initially until 31 Dec 2020.

Suitcase by Walter Benjamin – Application for a trip to Portbou. Photo © KUNSTWELTEN
3 Nov – 20 Dec

Metall-Labor „Dr. Adolf Beck“
Zörbiger Str. 21c
06749 Bitterfeld-Wolfen

On My Way – Stories from Europe

Mon – Fri 10 am – 4 pm

Free admission

Registration is requested

Family Days: 8, 22 Nov / 6, 12, 20 Dec, 10 am – 3 pm

The exhibition is closed until 31 Dec 2020.

Eva Horn. Photo: Helmut Grünbichler © Eva Horn
Friday, 4 Dec
Award Ceremony

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenary Hall

Heinrich Mann Prize 2020. Eva Horn

Rescheduled award ceremony

Laudatory address: Anselm Haverkamp

Acceptance speech by Eva Horn and discussion

In German

Free admission

Unfortunately, the event has to be cancelled. The awarding of the Heinrich Mann Prize 2020 to Eva Horn is expected to take place on 27 Mar 2021 together with the awarding of the Heinrich Mann Prize 2021.

Wolfgang Kieling, film still
Monday, 7 Dec
Film and Talk

6 pm





Film by Rolf Busch (Germany 1966, 103 min.)

Followed by a discussion with Britta Hartmann, Ralf Oberndörfer, Hans Helmut Prinzler

In German

€ 6/4

Unfortunately, the event has to be cancelled.

Zafraan Ensemble. Photo © Neda Navaee
Friday, 11 Dec

8 pm

Winter Music – Tragedy

Concert with works by Vinko Globokar, Nicolaus A. Huber, Rolf Riehm, Steffen Schleiermacher, Cornelius Schwehr, Helmut Zapf

With Zafraan Ensemble

€ 13/7

Unfortunately, the event has to be cancelled.

Zafraan Ensemble. Photo © Neda Navaee
Saturday, 12 Dec

8 pm

Winter Music – Tragedy

Concert with works by Erhard Grosskopf, Isabel Mundry, Rebecca Saunders, Hans Wüthrich

With Zafraan Ensemble

€ 13/7

Unfortunately, the event has to be cancelled.

Georg Katzer, workshop of electroacoustic music, Kontakte I, 1980, Konrad-Wolf-Saal, East German Academy of Arts © Akademie der Künste, Photo: Christian Kraushaar
Wednesday, 16 Dec

8 pm


Studio Lobby

EM4 | Berliner Studios: Georg Katzer

Concert by the Studio for Electroacoustic Music

With Ensemble JungeMusik, Helmut Zapf, Rose Schulze et al.

€ 8/6

Unfortunately, the event has to be cancelled.

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Wir sind so frei#1: Fidelio. Photo © Falko Siewert
17 – 20 Dec
Music Theatre Installation


Hall 2

Wir sind so frei #1 Fidelio

Music theatre installation by Novoflot and Ludwig van Beethoven

Premiere on 17 Dec / Further dates: 18 Dec, 19 Dec, 20 Dec, 4:30 – 9 pm

With Antonis Anissegos, Damir Bacikin, Maxime Barbasetti, Konstantin Bez, Almut Kühne, Vicente Larrañaga, Renae Shadler

Directed by Sven Holm

In German

€ 13/7

Unfortunately, the event has to be cancelled.

Ökozid. Film still © 2020 zero one film / Julia Terjung



Discussion Panel on Ökozid, a Courtroom Drama by Andres Veiel

Discussion with Alexandra Kemmerer, Rainer Baake, Jutta Doberstein, Andres Veiel and Stefan Wolf

Moderation: Ulrike Herrmann

In German

Georg Katzer, workshop of electroacoustic music, Kontakte I, 1980, Konrad-Wolf-Saal, East German Academy of Arts © Akademie der Künste, Photo: Christian Kraushaar


Online Presentation

Video presentation in honour of Georg Katzer, founder of the Studio for Electroacoustic Music

The Akademie der Künste remembers composer Georg Katzer (1935–2019) with a series of videos released on its YouTube channel. Katzer was one of the pioneers of electroacoustic music in the GDR and founded the Studio for Electroacoustic Music at the Academy of the Arts in 1980.

Fabian Knecht, Isolation (52°33’44.1”N 14°03’12.8”E). 2019, installation in public space. Courtesy alexander levy


Roundtable Talks

urbainable – stadthaltig EC(centri)CITY – The Eccentric City

Nadim Samman and Matthias Sauerbruch developed a series of roundtable discussions within the framework of EC(centri)CITY – The Eccentric City, in which the city, social aspects, nature and public space as a compressor for artists and architects are discussed with international partners.

In English and German

In cooperation with Berlin Art Week, Innogy Stiftung and MONOPOL

Espen Eichhöfer, Bil, from the series Papa, Gerd and the Northman, 2017–2020. Photo © Espen Eichhöfer/OSTKREUZ



CONTINENT – In Search of Europe

Podcast series on the eponymous exhibition of OSTKREUZ – Agentur der Fotografen and Akademie der Künste (2 Oct 2020 – 10 Jan 2021)

Former runway at Tempelhof Field, Berlin, 2017. Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk


Online Discussion

urbainable – stadthaltig Sustainability in Construction – Greenwashing or Progress?

Matthias Sauerbruch in conversation with Thomas Auer, Annette Gigon, Christian Kühn, Christine Lemaitre, Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber and Werner Sobek

In German

Online discussion on YouTube


Digital Platform – The JUNGE AKADEMIE is online

The transdisciplinary and transcultural online magazine is a space to exhibit and experiment and a digital open studio, offering fellows the opportunity to network with each other and with Akademie members, to develop digital projects and to make the exchange of knowledge visible within the international network.

Photo: Ellen Auerbach, Airwalk, 1946 (Renate Schottelius during the dance jump over rocks, La Cumbrecita). Modern Print, Argentina © Akademie der Künste, Berlin


Online Presentation – images, sounds, art objects

A digital showcase affords an insight into the extensive holdings of the archives of the Akademie der Künste, which encompasses all art forms, collects and makes accessible the archives of outstanding artists in the German-speaking world.

Recording of the non-public concert on 13 May 2020 as part of "Labor Beethoven 2020" at the Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz, Black Box, with Ensemble Adapter, Uli Fussenegger, Anda Kryeziu, Chris Moy. Photo: Mutesouvenir-kb © Kai Bienert


Virtual Festival & Virtual Exhibition

Labor Beethoven 2020

With Ensemble Adapter, Novoflot, Werner Cee, Uli Fussenegger, Alice Belugou, Zoé Pouri, et al.

Graphics © Heimann + Schwantes


Online Anniversary

60 Years Käthe Kollwitz Prize

Presentation of a wide-ranging collection of archival material, including previously unpublished texts and images as well as audio recordings relating to all the prize winners from 1960 to 2020

Passport issued to Walter Benjamin, Berlin-Grunewald, 10 August 1928. Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Walter Benjamin Archiv © Hamburger Stiftung zur Förderung von Wissenschaft und Kultur, photo: Nick Ash


Archival Materials

Finds from the Archives

Selected text documents, special objects and works of art from the Archives of the Akademie der Künste representing all artistic disciplines

Graphics: Heimann + Schwantes



Journal der Künste 14

Available online and as print copy free of charge

Orders via email to

In German and English

Photo: Gernot Krämer




SINN UND FORM is offering free online access to texts from the journal's extensive archive. New articles, linked by a specific topic, will be added every week.

Der Zauberer John Heartfield [The Magician John Heartfield], 1943. Photo © Zoltan Wegner. Akademie der Künste, Berlin, John Heartfield Archive, No. 610


Virtual Exhibition

Kosmos Heartfield

The online presentation "Kosmos Heartfield" complements the exhibition "John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite".

Graphics: Heimann + Schwantes


Online Catalogue

Heartfield Online

The graphic oeuvre of the political artist John Heartfield can be explored in a new online catalogue.

Photo © Roman März



360° Panoramic Tour

The interactive 360° panoramic tour leads through the exhibition “John Heartfield - Photography plus Dynamite” at Pariser Platz.

John Heartfield, Zum Krisen-Parteitag der SPD (On the SPD Party Crisis), page from the AIZ, 1931 © The Heartfield Community of Heirs / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, Akademie der Künste, Berlin


Online Symposium

Goodbye Photomontage?

To accompany the exhibition “John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite”, an online symposium addresses topical issues and questions derived from a re-examination of select aspects of John Heartfield’s works and their impact.

Conceived by Angela Lammert in collaboration with Ute Eskildsen, Florian Ebner and Charlotte Klonk