“Arbeit am Gedächntis – Transfoming Archives”: Main programme with exhibition and events, May – November 2021. More: www.adk.de/gedaechtnis.

Film is memory work
3 Aug 2021

Artist Talk

For the film maker Edgar Reitz, memory is always subjective, selective and incomplete. In Heimat (1984), he made this a design principle. The film editor Bettina Böhler felt a great responsibility through her documentary to help decide how Christoph Schlingensief will be remembered. A discussion about associative and cinematic remembering. In German. Also available as live stream.

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Foyer view, 2021, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Pariser Platz. Photo: Stephanie Steinkopf/OSTKREUZ
Foyer view, 2021, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Pariser Platz. Photo: Stephanie Steinkopf/OSTKREUZ

Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives
17 Jun — 19 Sep 2021

Exhibition

Cultural memory is the basis of humanity’s future, and the arts and cultural institutions have a decisive role to play in this. The exhibition illuminates different aspects of the culture of memory with featuring 13 commissioned works by contemporary artists and 15 exemplary selected exhibits from the Akademe der Künste’s archives.

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 Still listening II © Annesley Black; www.oldcrow.ca
Still listening II © Annesley Black; www.oldcrow.ca

Memories in Music. Festival of Contemporary Music
6 – 8 Aug 2021

Concerts, Installations, Audio Walks

The festival offers broad insights into a diverse contemporary music practice that questions canons and aesthetic norms and participates in history-making, memory culture and social transformation. The focus on Lebanon is set by the concerts of Voice Affairs and Calamita. The ensemble mosaik and the installations present Walter Zimmermann's approaches to memory work.

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Richard Deacon, Flat 27, 2016. Photo: Mareike Tocha
Richard Deacon, Flat 27, 2016. Photo: Mareike Tocha

Richard Deacon. On the Surface
19 Jun — 28 Aug 2021

Exhibition

Every year, the Visual Arts Section presents the work of one of its members at the Kurt Tucholsky Literaturmuseum in Rheinsberg. This year's exhibition is dedicated to Richard Deacon and focuses on his new ceramic works. The sculptor, known for his experiments with materials, is interested in the interplay of control and chance in the creation of the coloured glazes as surfaces.

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"Werner Düttmann. Building. Berlin." – Presentation of the Brücke-Museum in the foyer of Akademie der Künste. Photo: Silke Briel © Brücke-Museum
"Werner Düttmann. Building. Berlin." – Presentation of the Brücke-Museum in the foyer of Akademie der Künste. Photo: Silke Briel © Brücke-Museum

Werner Düttmann. Building. Berlin.
17 Apr – 29 Aug 2021

Presentation

Berlin architect, urban planner and long-time Akademie President Werner Düttmann (1921-1983) was born 100 years ago, on 6 March 1921. As part of the Düttmann exhibition of the Brücke Museum, a presentation on his special relationship to the Akademie der Künste – to the building as well as to the institution – will be shown in the foyer.

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Graphic design © Ta-Trung, Berlin
Graphic design © Ta-Trung, Berlin

Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives
May – Nov 2021

Exhibition and Events

The Akademie der Künste and its Archives are a place of artistic memory work. On the occasion of its 325th anniversary, the Akademie is engaging in a new process of reflecting on its own institution as memory storage. The extensive main programme revolves around a number of event series and a central exhibition with 13 commissioned works by contemporary artists.

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Back of the painting Portrait Hanns Meinke by Rudolf G. Bunk © Photo: Carolin Faude-Nagel
Back of the painting Portrait Hanns Meinke by Rudolf G. Bunk © Photo: Carolin Faude-Nagel

A digital showcase affords an insight into the extensive holdings of the Archives of the Akademie der Künste. digital.adk.de. encompasses all art forms and archives of outstanding artists in the German-speaking world and makes them accessible. A new collection presents the ownership histories of selected paintings and sculptures from the Art Collection.

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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 402 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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Foyer view, 2021, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Pariser Platz. Photo: Stephanie Steinkopf/OSTKREUZ
17 Jun – 19 Sep
Exhibition

Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives

Cultural memory is the basis of humanity’s future, and the arts and cultural institutions have a decisive role to play in this. The exhibition illuminates different aspects of the culture of memory with featuring 13 commissioned works by contemporary artists and 15 exemplary selected exhibits from the Akademe der Künste’s archives.

 more
Edgar Reitz, Heimat. Eine deutsche Chronik, film poster © ER Stiftung
Tuesday, 3 Aug
Artist Talk

7 pm

Film is memory work

For the film maker Edgar Reitz, memory is always subjective, selective and incomplete. In Heimat (1984), he made this a design principle. The film editor Bettina Böhler felt a great responsibility through her documentary to help decide how Christoph Schlingensief will be remembered. A discussion about associative and cinematic remembering. In German. Also available as live stream.

 more
Life is Impossible without Forgetting. Photo montage: Tony Elieh
Friday, 6 Aug
Sound Installation

6 pm – 8 pm

Memories in Music II Life is Impossible without Forgetting

The electronic musician and electric bass player Tony Elieh sees in forgetting a chance to escape Beirut, the Lebanese city repeatedly exposed to destruction. In his sound installation, he takes as his starting point the jingle announcing the news broadcasts in the Christian eastern part of Beirut during the civil war (1975-1990), reconstructed as the sum of acoustic memories in his circle of friends.

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Voice Affairs, Video Still © Panos Aprahamian
Friday, 6 Aug
Concert

8 pm

Memories in Music II Voice Affairs – Focus Lebanon

Voice Affairs is initiating artistic dialogues between European art music and the experimental music scenes in Lebanon. It is bringing together the Neue Vocalsolisten with musicians from Lebanon, Egypt and Palestine. From the perspective of contemporary composition, electronic music, sound art, improvisation and avant-pop, they are all concerned in different ways with the voice and its historical, religious and cultural connotations.

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Calamita. Photo © Mark Khalife
Friday, 6 Aug
Concert

11 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studiofoyer

Memories in Music II Late Night Concert – Focus Lebanon: Calamita

Calamita is the “rock project” of Sharif Sehnaoui and Tony Elieh, two of the most active musicians on the Lebanese experimental scene. In this version of Calamita they are joined by Lebanese drummer Malek Rizkallah. Together with Egyptian singer Aya Metwalli they aim to fully revisit the song format and explore the possibilities of classical Tarab songs, extracted from their origins and reframed within the music of the twenty-first century.

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Still listening II © Annesley Black; www.oldcrow.ca
Saturday, 7 Aug
Concert

8 pm

Memories in Music II ensemble mosaik

The concert presents the work of Walter Zimmermann as a work of memory and features compositions in which Zimmermann refers to pilgrimage routes to Sarajevo and Bosnian folk music as well as to musical cultures he documented on his travels. As well as works by Petros Ovsepyan, Annette Schmucki, Annesley Black and Leopold Hurt.

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Doppelbelichtung © Carola Bauckholt
7 – 8 Aug
Sound Installations

Memories in Music II Installations

Five varied audio-visual installations and one live performance are being staged in the many niches of the outdoor and indoor space of the Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg. With works by Carola Bauckholt, Tony Elieh, Carlos Gutiérrez, Guilherme Vaz and Walter Zimmermann.

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A Journey of Objects. Film still © Mara Louise Atkins

DIGITAL

Presentation

A Journey of Objects Valeska Gert Guest Professorship Anne Collod

The closing film A Journey of Objects of the dance studies students at Freie Universität Berlin brings together the results of an online seminar by French choreographer Anne Collod on the artistic legacy of recently deceased US choreographer and teacher Anna Halprin (1920–2021).

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