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Graphic: Eps51
Graphic: Eps51

To be able to think about the future, one must know the past, so the conventional wisdom goes. Narratives about the past, however, have become increasingly controversial. Whether it is monuments in public spaces, the renaming or redesigning of art institutions, or even national history, the discourse around past and future narratives is omnipresent. Public Debate in English.

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Deneth Piumakshi Veda Arachchige, Self-Portrait as Restitution, 2020, courtesy of Deneth Piumakshi Veda Arachchige. Photo: Priska Ketterer
Deneth Piumakshi Veda Arachchige, Self-Portrait as Restitution, 2020, courtesy of Deneth Piumakshi Veda Arachchige. Photo: Priska Ketterer

12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
11 Jun – 18 Sep 2022

Exhibition

The 12th Berlin Biennale Still Present! unfolds around a set of questions. How can a decolonial ecology be shaped? What role can non-Western feminist movements play in the reappropriation of history? How can the debate on restitution be reinvented beyond the return of plundered goods? Can the field of emotion be reclaimed through art?

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© Heimann + Schwantes
© Heimann + Schwantes

Pictures from Ukraine by Mila Teshaieva and Johanna-Maria Fritz open the latest issue of the Journal of the Arts. The focus of the issue is the global ecological crisis: with contributions on the Japanese Edo period as a model of an art of sustainability, on the problematic role of copper and on dealing with climate protection issues through musical interventions, and more.

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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
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.

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Photo: Christian Kraushaar
Photo: Christian Kraushaar

325 Years Akademie der Künste

Online-Presentation

16962021. The Akademie der Künste is taking its 325th anniversary as an opportunity to remember and to examine the current situation. In the form of calendar pages, events that have shaped the life of the artistic community are highlighted as caesuras or offer snapshots of its history. In English.

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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.

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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 is an international community of artists that currently totals 420 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.

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The "AI Anarchies" Autumn School: Experiments in Studymore

Now available: Journal der Künste 18more

War in Ukraine: Support for Artists and Cultural Workersmore

Further news are available in German only: News

Deneth Piumakshi Veda Arachchige, Self-Portrait as Restitution, 2020, courtesy of Deneth Piumakshi Veda Arachchige. Photo: Priska Ketterer
11 Jun – 18 Sep
Exhibition

12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

The 12th Berlin Biennale Still Present! unfolds around a set of questions. How can a decolonial ecology be shaped? What role can non-Western feminist movements play in the reappropriation of history? How can the debate on restitution be reinvented beyond the return of plundered goods? Can the field of emotion be reclaimed through art?

 more
Graphic: Eps51
28 – 29 Jun
Live Stream

European Alliances of Academies: Contested Histories, Shared Futures

To be able to think about the future, one must know the past, so the conventional wisdom goes. Narratives about the past, however, have become increasingly controversial. The debate can lead to geopolitical conflicts. But it can also help shape new, shared perspectives. With Bruno Alves de Almeida, Vasyl Cherepanyn, RAAAF, Joanna Rajkowska, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Paul Spies et al. In English.

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Photo: Ingeborg Fries
Wednesday, 29 Jun
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 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. In German.

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Đào Châu Hải, Ballad of the East Sea, 2022. CNC cut steel plates. Photo © dotgain.info
2 – 3 Jul
Conference

Whose Universal? A conference about racism as the paradox at the heart of modernity

Whereas the modern revolutions claim to have fought to eliminate distinctions of class, caste, rank, or status, modernity is also the epoch that instituted the concept of racial difference. Whose Universal? is the fourth iteration of a series of conferences devoted to theorizing the poorly understood connection between settler colonialism and fascism. Taking the restitution debate as a starting point, the conference explores how colonialism and imperialism continue to operate in the present. In English.

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Photo: Ingeborg Fries
Wednesday, 6 Jul
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 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. In German.

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Anna Seghers Museum in Berlin-Adlershof © Andreas [FranzXaver] Süß
Tuesday, 12 Jul
Tour

2 pm

Anna-Seghers-Museum
Anna-Seghers-Str. 81
12489 Berlin

Anna Seghers in the circle of her friends

Anna Seghers, who often appeared rather shy and cautious, found support among her friends, whom she trusted unreservedly, with whom she exchanged ideas and laughed unselfconsciously. The writer remained close to the actresses Steffie Spira and Helene Weigel, the author Berta Waterstradt and the politician Lore Wolf until the end of her life. In German.

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