A man stands on a windowsill of an open window and looks  outside through a camera mounted on a tripod
Michael Ruetz and Astrid Köppe, Film still from Facing Time, Documentary, 2023, Direction: Annett Ilijew, © Photo: Ines Thomsen, © Annett Ilijew and Michael Ruetz

Since the mid-60s Michael Ruetz has observed the transformation of urban habitats in a large-scale photographic study. Ruetz’ images of Berlin are an expression of how architecture can shape and redefine our environment, thus giving it a prerogative of interpretation over our perception. His photo series develop their own aesthetics beyond documentary sobriety, revealing a poetry of time in the process.

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Kafka lettering in yellow on a light blue background
© Rimini Berlin

Franz Kafka – The Second Century
3 – 4 Jun

Lectures, Readings, Talks, Film

3 June 2024 marks the centenary of Franz Kafka's death. Over two evenings, the Akademie der Künste will once again attempt to get to the bottom of what makes the poet so fascinating. Among others the internationally renowned Kafka experts, Kafka biographer Reiner Stach and Kafka editor Hans-Gerd Koch will give key lectures and Akademie members will present their views on “their Kafka” in individual contributions. In German.

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Vote for a Democratic Europe, Appeal of the European Alliance of Academies
Appeal of the European Alliance of Academies © Eps51

Vote for a Democratic Europe
6 Jun – 9 Jun

European Elections

From 6 to 9 June, the tenth elections to the European Parliament will take place in all 27 member states of the European Union. The 70 members of the transnational network European Alliance of Academies, initiated by the Akademie der Künste, are calling on all Europeans to vote for a democratic Europe: Diversity, respect and solidarity are the core elements of lively democracies.

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UTOPIA. Keep on Moving
© Rimini Berlin

UTOPIA. Keep on Moving
19 Apr – 26 May

Exhibitions and Events

In a time plagued by wars and upheavel, the Akademie der Künste is dedicating itself to the subject of utopia. Akademie President Jeanine Meerapfel has invited the artistic sections of the Akademie to participate in this programme dedicated to historical and contemporary utopias for imagining better futures. With artistic installations, lectures, talks, concerts, film screenings and theatre performances.

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What contributions can artists make to demand a policy that addresses climate change efficiently and expediently? How can art foster and encourage the necessary transformation of society? More than 40 Akademie members participate in the project and deal with these current key issues artistically. In personal statements made to our society, they call on each and every individual to push for climate protection.

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Anna Seghers Museum
Anna Seghers Museum in Berlin Adlershof, photo: © Andreas [FranzXaver] Süß

Bertolt Brecht's study, Helene Weigel's conservatory, Anna Seghers' “crow's nest” : Regular tours offer visitors a chance to view the homes and studies of the writer Bertolt Brecht, actress and theatre director Helene Weigel and the writer Anna Seghers, largely kept in their original condition. The tours provide an insight into how these three major international figures in the arts world of the 20th century lived and worked.

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Reading Room Pariser Platz
Reading Room Pariser Platz, photo: © Katja Strauß

The Library of the Arts is one of the largest special libraries on culture and the modernist arts. Its holdings are characterised by media from every artistic genre from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day, as well as valuable private libraries, which are accessible to everyone free of charge. The voyage of discovery through its treasures begins in the Reading Room and leads into the hidden stacks. Guided tour in German.

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Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz. Photo © Jeanette Gonsior
Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz. Photo © Jeanette Gonsior

The Akademie der Künste is an international community of artists that currently totals 407 members in its six Sections Visual Arts, Architecture, Music, Literature, Performing Arts, Film and Media Arts. It is an exhibition and event location. Its Archives collectively form one of the most important interdisciplinary archives on 20th century art. Founded in 1696, the Akademie der Künste in Berlin is one of the oldest cultural institutes in Europe.

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Statement by the Visual Arts Section on the proposal for the Berlin Senate's new anti-discrimination clausemore

Statement by the Senate of the Akademie der Künstemore

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Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof (Dorotheenstadt Cemetery), Berlin Mitte, photo: © Ingeborg Fries
Wednesday, 22 May
Guided Tour

2 pm

Brecht-Weigel Museum
Chausseestraße 125
10115 Berlin

Brecht and his people

The Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof (Dorotheenstadt Cemetery) is one of the most famous cemeteries in Berlin – not least because Brecht's last resting place is here. But many of his comrades-in-arms are also laid to rest here. If one were to draw threads between the graves, a densely interwoven web would emerge. The tour aims to trace these lines, references and influences. In German.

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© Luca Guadagnini
Saturday, 25 May
Theatre guest performance

7:30 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

UTOPIA. Keep on Moving KULA Compagnie: Underground Birds

The play was written in the trancontinental Writers’ Room of KULA with the women artists of Simorgh Theatre, Herat, Afghanistan. A journey from the underground back to life for the actresses: One by one, those who could only appear on video at the premiere in 2022 retake the stage in exile that was denied to them at home when their lives were in danger. With German and English surtitles.

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Mario Wirz, Photo: © Huy Don Ho Pham, 2010
Tuesday, 28 May
Talk, Reading and Archive Presentation

8 pm

Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus
Chausseestraße 125
10115 Berlin

“Let us live” – An evening for Mario Wirz

Overshadowed by illness from an early age, Mario Wirz (1956–2013) led an intense, sensual life. Love, transience and death are the major themes of his texts. Every line, every sentence is a confession of his personality. Peter Geist and Holger Wicht talk about the writer's life and work, André J. Walther reads and Gabriele Radecke presents the Akademie der Künste's Mario Wirz Archive. In German.

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Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof (Dorotheenstadt Cemetery), Berlin Mitte, photo: © Ingeborg Fries
Wednesday, 29 May
Guided Tour

2 pm

Brecht-Weigel Museum
Chausseestraße 125
10115 Berlin

Famous women

The resting places of famous women in art and culture are the focus of this guided tour of the Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof (Dorotheenstadt Cemetery). It tells of the writers Christa Wolf and Annemarie Bostroem, the artists Beatrice Zweig and Doris Kahane, the opera director Ruth Berghaus and many others. Thematic guided tour in German.

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Reading Room Pariser Platz, photo: © Katja Strauß
Friday, 31 May
Guided Tour

4 pm

Pariser Platz

Lesesaal

The Library of the Arts

The Library of the Arts is one of the largest special libraries on culture and the modernist arts. Its holdings are characterised by media from every artistic genre from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day, as well as valuable private libraries, which are accessible to everyone free of charge. The voyage of discovery through its treasures begins in the Reading Room on Pariser Platz and leads into the hidden stacks. Guided tour in German.

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