Installation view: Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2020. Timm Ulrichs: “Weiter im Text”. Akademie der Künste, Berlin © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020. Photo: Andreas FranzXaver Süß

Far from the centres of the art world, Timm Ulrichs works tirelessly as a self-appointed 'total artist' in a wide range of genres. His oeuvre comprises conceptual work, object art, environments, performances, multimedia work and concrete poetry. The exhibition “Weiter im Text”, which takes place on the occasion of the Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2020, explores his artistic notion of the end of the sayable and unsayable with a selection of expansive works, prints, objects and films.

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Cymatics. Photo: Caspar Johannes Walter

With “Labor Beethoven 2020”, the Akademie der Künste presents a contemporary reading of the Beethoven Anniversary. A festival condenses the musical and interdisciplinary results of the four-year artistic cooperation by a group of young composers, musicians and artists from the three universities of Basel, Tel Aviv and Thessaloniki. With concerts, exhibition, installations, lectures, music theatre and performances.

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

Picture Cellar
3 Oct 2018 – 31 Dez 2020

Exhibition

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. Access to the Picture Cellar is only possible on a guided tour.

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

The Akademie der Künste in Berlin is one of the oldest cultural institutes in Europe. It is an international community of artists that currently totals 419 members in its six Sections (Visual Arts, Architecture, Music, Literature, Performing Arts, Film and Media Arts). The Akademie 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.

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Photo: Records from the Prussian Academy of Arts © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk, 2016
Photo: Records from the Prussian Academy of Arts © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk, 2016

The Archives at the Akademie der Künste may be used free of charge for scholarly, private, or press research. Since December 2015, the Archives Database offers a regularly updated online digital research tool. The database contains information on all of the collections in the Archives, which comprise around 1,020,000 archival materials as well as approximately 462,000 analogue and digital copies of archival materials.

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Ingo Schulze. Photo © Gaby Gerster
Wednesday, 4 Mar
Book Release

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Ingo Schulze: Die rechtschaffenen Mörder

The protagonist of Ingo Schulze's new novel is the highly respected Dresden antiquarian bookseller Norbert Paulini, in whose shop book lovers find treasures and like-minded people. Paulini changes suddenly, however, becomes hot-tempered, unforgiving and is suspected of being involved in xenophobic actions. Is Paulini a reactionary or a revolutionary, a tragic figure or a murderer? Conversation with Ulrike Vedder and Dresden author Thomas Rosenlöcher. In German.

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Cymatics. Photo: Caspar Johannes Walter
12 – 18 Mar
Festival

Labor Beethoven 2020 Festival of Contemporary Music for the Beethoven Anniversary

With “Labor Beethoven 2020”, the Akademie der Künste presents a contemporary reading of the Beethoven Anniversary focusing on experimentation. The festival condenses the musical and interdisciplinary results of the four-year artistic cooperation by young composers from Basel, Tel Aviv and Thessaloniki.

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Younghi Pagh-Paan. Photo © Harald Rehling
Wednesday, 18 Mar
Award Ceremony

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Berlin Art Prize 2020
Jubilee Endowment 1848/1948

Following the rotation of the six Akademie sections, the Berlin Art Prize – Grand Prize 2020 is being awarded by the Music Section and goes to the South Korean composer Younghi Pagh-Paan. Her life's work will be honoured. The Berlin Art Prize – Grand Prize 2020 and the remaining Berlin Art Prizes will be presented by the Senator for Culture Klaus Lederer and Akademie President Jeanine Meerapfel. In German and English.

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Jose Dávila, The Act of Perseverance VII, 2019 © Jose Dávila. Courtesy of the artist and KÖNIG GALERIE Berlin, London, Tokyo
Thursday, 19 Mar
Symposium

7 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

Building culture? Between committed architectural practice and critical discourse

In 2020, the magazine ARCH+ will receive the Berlin Art Prize of the Akademie der Künste in the field of architecture – an occasion to question the significance of architectural criticism and building culture in times when they are being squeezed by the market and politics. What preconditions must exist for committed architectural practice and critical discourse, which are mutually dependent, to flourish? The symposium is part of the "ARCH+ features" event series. In German.

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