100 Years Bauhaus.
The opening festival

16 – 24 January 2019
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin

Opening: Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The 100 Years Bauhaus opening festival kicks off the nationwide celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Bauhaus. It invites visitors to take a creative-experimental journey around the legendary Bauhaus stage:

Concerts, installations, puppet and straight theatre, dance and film, workshops and lecture demonstrations, games and festivities: The programme offers numerous different events and formats for Bauhaus experts and novices, which enable the re-discovery of the superb historic testaments of Bauhaus, as well as the legacies and stimuli of this art form for the present and the future.

The festival programme's artistic director is Bettina Wagner-Bergelt, who has invited many artists from all over the world to Berlin to revive the spirit of Bauhaus in the tradition of Oskar Schlemmer, Wassily Kandinsky, László Moholy-Nagy, Paul Klee and many others.

Oriented on Bauhauswoche 1923 (Bauhaus Week 1923) and the legendary Bauhaus Festivals, a creative atmosphere of experimentation and research, learning and teaching, joining in and thinking ahead will be ensured. Art and technology, light, colour, sound and movement and the relationship between humankind and machine will play a key role in the programme. In the "Das totale Tanztheater" (Total Dance Theatre) virtual reality installation, for example, in cooperation with Filmtank and Artificial Rome, choreographer Richard Siegal allows the audience and the action on stage to blend with one another.

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is the patron of the opening festival, and will officially open the event on 16 January 2019.

The detailed programme can be found here.

Three leading Bauhaus research institutions (the Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin, the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar), the Federal Government, represented by government officials for culture and media and the Federal Cultural Foundation, as well as representatives of eleven federal states, have joined to form the "Bauhaus Verbund 2019".

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Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2019: Hito Steyerl

21 February – 14 April 2019
Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin
Tue – Sun 11 am – 7 pm, admission: EUR 6/4
Free admission for under 19s and Tue 3–7 pm

Award Ceremony and Exhibition Opening:
Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 7 pm
, free admission
Laudatory Address: Florian Ebner

Hito Steyerl is to receive 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, performances, multimedia installations and essayistic documentaries, in which she addresses post-colonial criticism, feminist representation logic and the influences of globalisation on the financial, labour and product markets.

According to the jury, Hito Steyerl has succeeded in provocatively and astutely combining physical, visual and intellectual information into a single work in a manner unlike almost any other visual artist. When selecting the winner, the judges emphasised "that Hito Steyerl, with her montages of images from computer animations, mass media and scenes she has shot herself, responds to the influence of digital information and digital life, drawing attention to current political, societal and social processes with her work."

The award endowed with 12,000 euros will be presented in Berlin at 20 February 2019. On the occasion of the award ceremony, the Akademie der Künste will be showing an exhibition at Pariser Platz.

Hito Steyerl (born in 1966 in Munich) is a Professor of Experimental Film and Video, as well as a co-founder of the Research Center for Proxy Politics at Berlin University of the Arts. She studied cinematography and documentary film direction in Tokyo and Munich. In 2003, she completed her doctorate in philosophy at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Her works have been exhibited at the Biennale in Venice, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, among others. In addition to her work as an artist, she has also worked at the Center for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, and as a guest professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen and the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki. The Royal College of Art, London awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2016.

The exhibition is accompanied by a small-format paperback catalogue.

With the kind support of the Cologne Kreissparkasse which funds the Käthe Kollwitz Museum in Cologne.