Exhibition “NOTHINGTOSEENESS – Void/White/Silence”, 15 Sep – 12 Dec 2021: nothingtoseeness.de

As of 15 Nov 2021, the presentation of personalised proof of vaccination or recovery is a prerequisite for visiting, a Berlin-wide rule that also applies here.

Grafic design: Eps51
Grafic design: Eps51

Right-wing extremist parties across Europe have discovered art and culture as a political battle zone. The aim of the conference “The Power of Art: Defending a Transnational Understanding of European Culture” is to analyse in detail the potential of artistic cooperation, the different approaches to cultural policy and their influence on cultural institutions and thus on the freedom of art. In English.

 more

NOTHINGTOSEENESS – Void/White/Silence
15 Sep – 12 Dec 2021

Exhibition

The exhibition is dedicated to the experience of nothingness and to the broad spectrum of meanings of the colour white, emptiness and silence. Works by 75 international artists adress the relationship between material composition and surface and context, tone and silence, fullness and emptiness, complexity and simplicity, meaning and meaninglessness.

 more
left: Jeanine Meerapfel, President of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. Photo © Marcus Lieberenz/bildbuehne.de, right: Kathrin Röggla, Vice-President of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. Photo © Jessica Schäfer
left: Jeanine Meerapfel, President of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. Photo © Marcus Lieberenz/bildbuehne.de, right: Kathrin Röggla, Vice-President of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. Photo © Jessica Schäfer

On 13 November 2021, the members of the Akademie der Künste once again elected filmmaker Jeanine Meerapfel as President. The writer and playwright Kathrin Röggla was again elected Vice-President. The Directors and Deputy Directors of the six sections were also newly elected. Elected members will only be announced once they have confirmed their election.

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

Picture Cellar
Wednesdays, 5 pm

Guided Tours

In the middle of the political "Tauwetter-Periode” (thaw period), the master students of the German Akademie der Künste celebrate carnival in the coal cellar in 1957 and 1958. The works by the master students Manfred Böttcher, Harald Metzkes, Ernst Schroeder, Werner Stötzer and Horst Zickelbein are unique testimonies to a youthful post-war awakening. In German.

 more
Graphics: Heimann + Schwantes
Graphics: Heimann + Schwantes

Contributions by Aleida Assmann and Max Czollek on memory, art and archives continue the "work on memory" in issue 16. The themes of the European Alliance of Academies founded by Jeanine Meerapfel resonate, among others, in an essay by Radka Denemarková. "Void/White/ Silence" are the keywords in the issue’s focus on the exhibition "NOTHINGTOSEENESS".

 more
Anna Seghers Museum
Anna Seghers Museum. Photo © Andeas Süß

Bertolt Brecht's study, Helene Weigel's conservatory, Anna Seghers' "crow's nest": Regular tours offer visitors a fascinating insight into the homes and studies of the writer Bertolt Brecht, actress and theatre director Helene Weigel and the writer Anna Seghers. The Brecht-Weigel Museum in Berlin-Mitte and the Anna Seghers Museum in Berlin-Adlershof are both part of the Akademie der Künste.

 more
Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg. Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg. Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

The Akademie der Künste is an international community of artists that currently totals 398 members in its six Sections (Visual Arts, Architecture, Music, Literature, Performing Arts, Film and Media Arts). It is an exhibition and event location. A key component of the Akademie are its archives, which collectively form one of the most important interdisciplinary archives on 20th century art.

 more

Jeanine Meerapfel and Kathrin Röggla to continue their work as President and Vice-President of the Akademie der Künste for a further three yearsmore

Now Available: Journal der Künste 16more

Further news are available in German only: News

Grafic design: Eps51
2 – 3 Dec
Live Stream

Online

European Alliance of Academies The Power of Art: Defending a transnational understanding of European culture

Right-wing extremist parties across Europe have discovered art and culture as a political battle zone to further polarise society. The aim of the conference is to analyse in more detail the potential of artistic cooperation, the different approaches to cultural policy in Europe and their influence on cultural institutions and thus on the freedom of art. Live stream in English.

 more
A Proposal to project / Viktoria Schmid / © sixpackfilm
Saturday, 4 Dec
Film Program and Artist Talk

5 pm

NOTHINGTOSEENESS All or Nothing

Film has laws of its own, but together with other arts in the period around 1960 it focused on “zero points” that revolved not around nothing, but around the whole. The three-part film programme, curated by Alexander Horwath and Regina Schlagnitweit, contains works from the period between 1958 and 2021 – by Stephanie Barber, Yves-André Delubac, Hollis Frampton, Jorge Lorenzo, Ernst Schmidt Jr., Aldo Tambellini, Joyce Wieland and many more. In English and German.

 more
Arnold Dreyblatt, 2021 © Bildkunst e.V
Saturday, 11 Dec
Closing Event

7 pm

NOTHINGTOSEENESS Sound Effects

The evening programme focuses on the artists Crys Cole, Arnold Dreyblatt and Phillip Sollmann who are active in Berlin as well as internationally and whose musical activities has never been presented before at the Akademie der Künste. In responding conceptually to the exhibition theme of “nothing-to-see-ness”, the live performers interface electronic, acoustic, haptic and perceptual audio processes while referencing their diverse musical biographies in an evening of exploratory sonic imaginations.

 more
Stephan Huber, Shining, 2001. Photo: Stephan Huber © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 (Ausschnitt)
15 Sep – 12 Dec
Exhibition

NOTHINGTOSEENESS – Void/White/Silence

The exhibition is dedicated to the experience of nothingness and to the broad spectrum of meanings of the colour white, emptiness and silence. Works by 75 international artists adress the relationship between material composition and surface and context, tone and silence, fullness and emptiness, complexity and simplicity, meaning and meaninglessness.

 more
Picture Cellar, in the foreground mural by Harald Metzkes and Manfred Böttcher © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, photo: Andreas FranzXaver Süß
3 Nov – 29 Dec
Guided Tours

Picture Cellar

A series of murals, which were created in 1957 and 1958 for two Faschingsfeste (Carnival events), have been preserved in the former coal cellars of the Akademie building on Pariser Platz. Painted by Manfred Böttcher, Harald Metzkes, Ernst Schroeder and Horst Zickelbein – former master students at the Deutsche Akademie der Künste – they are the only original remnants in the historic building apart from the exhibition halls.

 more

Please click here to view all events and exhibitions.

Upcoming

ERICH WONDER – SETS OF WONDER FOR HEINER MÜLLER 16 Jan – 13 Mar 2022 more