The Akademie der Künste publishes its own publications in connection with exhibitions and special events, as well as new acquisitions in the archives. These include exhibition catalogues, symposia documentation, monographs on individual artists, as well as publications on thematic main focuses and on selected archival collections.

Our publications can be ordered by phone or email, and you can visit our bookstore on Hanseatenweg in Berlin, which has access to all of the Akademie der Künste’s available books and antiquarian rarities.


Sinn und Form

Every two months, the Akademie der Künste also issues the “Sinn und Form” (Purpose and Form) journal.

Founded in 1949 by Johannes R. Becher and Paul Wiegler, the cultural magazine Sinn und Form (Purpose and Form), published by the Akademie der Künste, is one of the most influential of its kind in Germany. Originally addressed to a literary audience in particular, the journal today is also a venue for philosophical, aesthetic, and social issues, for the meeting of art and science, poetry and anthropology, and is thus a key publication for many Academy members. The ambitious programme has an international focus and comprises selected letters and conversations, essays, poems, and narratives. Findings from the extensive Academy Archive continue to be presented.

Current Publications

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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 - freedom of art and transnational solidarity against the Europe-wide shift to the right – resonate, among others, in an essay by Radka Denemarková and a photo series by Matei Bejenaru. “Emptiness / White / Silence” are the keywords in the issue’s focus on the exhibition “Nothing to see ness”. Also: Joseph Beuys in a photo series by Michael Ruetz, Bernhard Maaz on the correspondence between Karl Scheffler and Hans Purrmann, the Carte Blanche for Arila Siegert, and much more.


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Forty years after the release of the film Stalker, a symposium exclusively dedicated to this masterpiece by Andrei Tarkovsky took place at the Akademie der Künste in 2019. Its dystopian and disturbing nature continues to preoccupy many filmmakers and artists today. The contributions, published both in print and online on the Akademie der Künste website, cover topics such as the film’s production history, the ambiguous garden and landscape theme, references to science fiction, its reception in the East and West, and the video game version of it.

An exhibition magazine accompanying the “Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives” exhibition, which is available free of charge with an admission ticket. With texts and images by the participating artists, detailed background material on the archive exhibits and articles on memory work and memory culture by Aleida Assmann, Christina Baldacci, Sharon Macdonald, Doreen Mende, Nora Sternfeld and others.

This volume was produced in 2020 on the occasion of the “John Heartfield. Photography plus Dynamite” exhibition and addresses the changing mechanisms of action and circulation of montage image practices from historical photomontage to fake news. The theoretical and artistic contributions primarily revolve around the question of the “truths” of images today and the possibilities of their critical (de)construction.

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Photo series by Sebastian Wells and Maurice Weiss, contributions by Jeanine Meerapfel, Kathrin Röggla and criminologist Christine Hentschel, a conversation with Andres Veiel and workshop reports from an accommodation for refugees look at the topicality of “Pandemic and Society”. For this year‘s Akademie programme focus “Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives”, the Carte Blanche goes to Candice Breitz and reflections by Siegfried Zielinski, Matthias Sauerbruch, music performer Raed Yassin and artists Jim Chuchu and Njoki Ngumi follow. The Archives explore literary connections between Budapest and Berlin, remember Werner Düttmann and launch “Heinrich Mann DIGITAL”.


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