Zwei Giraffen tanzen Tango – Bremer Schritte by Gerhard Bohner and Helge Letonja, steptext dance project, Theater Bremen. Photo © M. Menke
Zwei Giraffen tanzen Tango – Bremer Schritte by Gerhard Bohner and Helge Letonja, steptext dance project, Theater Bremen. Photo © M. Menke

What the Body Remembers. Dance Heritage Today
24 Aug – 21 Sep 2019

Exhibition, Performances, Discourse

A look at the dance scenes of the 20th century shows how new body images, choreographic concepts and perception levels have evolved since the beginning of the century. With a programme series of more than 20 current dance productions, discussions and an exhibition the Akademie der Künste is set to become a research platform of dance heritage. The programme focuses on questions concerned with passing on knowledge of choreography and dance between generations.

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Thomas Florschuetz, Ohne Titel (Palast) 39, 2006 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Thomas Florschuetz, Ohne Titel (Palast) 39, 2006 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Thomas Florschuetz.
Zwischenzeit

24 Aug – 3 Nov 2019

Exhibition

The photographer Thomas Florschuetz has dedicated himself to the fragmentary image of the snapshot, which oscillates between abstraction and concretion. A selection of large and small-format works at the Kurt Tucholsky Literaturmuseum at Rheinsberg Palace demonstrate how deep and multi-layered his photography can be and the limits of abstraction he exceeds. Exhibition opening: 24 Aug, 11 am with Eugen Blume, Peter Böthig and Anke Hervol.

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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, 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 2019

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 © Kai Bienert
Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg. Photo © Kai Bienert

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 428 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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Brecht-Weigel Museum. Photo: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
Brecht-Weigel Museum. Photo: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

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 Anna Seghers, actress and theatre director Helene Weigel and the writer Bertolt Brecht. The Brecht-Weigel Museum in Berlin-Mitte and the Anna Seghers Museum in Berlin-Adlershof are both part of the Akademie der Künste. No advance booking required.

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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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Robert Machiri. Photo: Kai Bienert
Tuesday, 30 Jul
Discussion and Music

7 pm

Hanseatenweg

Clubraum

Repositories of listening: archives and everyday life

Listening and talking about listening are artistic strategies used by international sound artists to explore the auditory reality of cultures and nature, establish an intercultural dialogue or re-evaluate colonial recordings, investigating these in terms of their provenance. With reference to their work on African music archives in Namibia and Bayreuth and listening as an everyday practice in Cameroon, Robert Machiri and Christina Kubisch will speak about these strategies. The musical results of their research can also be heard on the evening.

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Deborah Hay, Perception Unfolds. Photo: Blanton Museum
Thursday, 8 Aug
Opening Video Installation

6 pm

What the Body Remembers. Dance Heritage Today Perception Unfolds: Looking at Deborah Hay’s Dance

The Perception Unfolds: Looking at Deborah Hay’s Dance (2014) video installation combines Hay’s choreography with new software technologies that have been developed for the study of movement and dance. The result is an immersive environment that shows versions of a dance on four hanging screens. The Deborah Hay Documentation Center by Laurent Pichaud also thrives on the audience’s participation: original documents from Hay’s personal artistic archive can be viewed and discussed there.

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Johann Lurf, Cavalcade, 2019, film still 
Thursday, 8 Aug
Open Studios

6:30 pm

Hanseatenweg

Ateliers

Junge Akademie – Open Studios Night

The Junge Akademie is opening its studios at the Hanseatenweg venue. Interested viewers are invited to discover both new works and works in progress by the fellows Barbara Delać, Johann Lurf, Franziska Pflaum and Elena Zieser. The artists provide insights into their artistic practices through exhibitions, film screenings, interactive improvisations, poetry-sound-performances and audio plays and are on hand to talk about their works.

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Thomas Florschuetz, Ohne Titel (Palast) 39, 2006 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Saturday, 24 Aug
Exhibition Opening

11 am

Kurt Tucholsky Literaturmuseum
Mühlenstr. 1
16831 Rheinsberg

Thomas Florschuetz. Zwischenzeit

The photographer Thomas Florschuetz has dedicated himself to the fragmentary image of the snapshot. The Kurt Tucholsky Literaturmuseum shows a selection of his works. There are images to see, which emphasise the fragmentary glance and making difference and loss tangible at the same moment in the transition from seeing to showing. Exhibition Opening with Eugen Blume, Peter Böthig and Anke Hervol. In German.

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Valeska Gert, Japanische Groteske. Valeska Gert Archive at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. Photographer unknown
Saturday, 24 Aug
Exhibition Opening

6 pm

Hanseatenweg

Halle 2

What the Body Remembers. Dance Heritage Today The Century of Dance

Dance archives in Cologne, Leipzig and Berlin are showing unique centrepieces from their collections in a joint exhibition for the first time. Selected documents of Modern German Dance are placed into the context of a worldwide, international dance scene, which through projections of a hundred iconic photographs and film clips present themselves as a dynamic force field of body images and motion inventions in dialogue with the original objects. In German.

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