All events take place at the Akademie der Künste on Hanseatenweg unless otherwise noted.

25 October 2017, 7 pm, free admission


Welcoming address: Jeanine Meerapfel, President of the Akademie der Künste
Introduction to the exhibition: Erdmut Wizisla
Readings by Corinna Harfouch and Hanns Zischler
Music: Peter Thiessen


8 November 2017, 7 pm, € 6 /4

Heinle, Brecht, Baudelaire.
Benjamin and the Poets

Lecture by Lorenz Jäger
Introduction and discussion: Mara Delius


18 November 2017, 8 pm, € 12 /8,
exhibition open until midnight

“One can’t learn not to learn.”

Welcoming address: Jeanine Meerapfel
Alexander Kluge: From the Benjamin Brecht Container
Discussion partner: Kathrin Röggla
Members read Benjamin and Brecht
With Friedrich Dieckmann, Durs Grünbein, Christoph Hein, Kerstin Hensel, Alexander Kluge, Mark Lammert, Emine Sevgi Özdamar and Kathrin Röggla.
Theatrical tours


20 November 2017, 7 pm, € 6 /4

In the Jungle of the Paper

Bertolt Brecht: Notizbücher [Notebooks], vol. 3
Book launch with Kathrin Röggla, Martin Kölbel and Peter Villwock
In collaboration with the Suhrkamp Verlag


26 November 2017, 7 pm, € 13 /7


A concert with music by Arnold Schönberg, Hanns Eisler, John Cage and Mauricio Kagel. Landesjugendensemble Neue Musik Berlin


5 December 2017, 7 pm, free admission

Brecht’s Film Legacy at the Academy

Closing presentation of the digitalisation project with Martin Koerber, Anja-Christin Remmert, Jenny Schall, Johanna Schall, Bernd Stegemann, Maxi Zimmermann
Moderation: Cornelia Klauß
Venue: Plenarsaal, Pariser Platz 4


12 December 2017, 7 pm, € 6 /4

A Certain Imbalance.
Slivers on Benjamin and Brecht

A lecture by Marcus Steinweg
The philosopher Marcus Steinweg examines the validity of the exhibition’s title, Thinking in Extremes, by capturing the concepts and ideas of the actors in thinking images. He understands Benjamin and Brecht as “theorists of obliquity”.


13 / 14 December 2017, 7:30 pm, € 13 /7,
combined ticket, exhibition open until midnight

Never-Ending Crisis

A theatrical experiment tracing the footsteps of Bertolt Brecht and Walter Benjamin. Visitors are invited to a reenactment of a meeting, recorded in writing, about the journal Crisis and Criticism, that Benjamin and Brecht wanted to publish in 1931.
With Friederike Heller (direction), Peter Thiessen (music), Sabine Kohlstedt (scenery and costumes), Eva Löbau and Christoph Gawenda (performance)
In collaboration with the Brecht Festival Augsburg


27 January 2018, 8 pm, € 13 /7, exhibition open until midnight

Closing Event

Never-Ending Crisis. A theatrical experiment tracing the footsteps of Bertolt Brecht and Walter Benjamin.
With Friederike Heller (direction), Peter Thiessen (music), Sabine Kohlstedt (stage and costume), Eva Löbau and Tilman Strauß (performance)
Music: Matthias Bauer (acoustic bass) / Floros Floridis (reeds)
Tours / Theatrical tours