Nan Goldin Bed, Paris/New York, 1992–2009, 2019 archive pigment print (114 x 167 cm) Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery © Nan Goldin

Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2022. Nan Goldin
20 Jan — 19 Mar 2023


The Akademie will be showing photographs by Nan Goldin, recipient of the Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2022, from five decades. The US artist occupies a central position in contemporary photography. The exhibition features photographs from the early Boston years, New York, Berlin, and Asia, as well as recent large-scale works such as landscapes and Grids. Award Ceremony on Friday, 3 March, at 8 pm. Free admission.

© Simone C Niquille /technoflesh Studio,, 2022

transmediale 2023
1 — 26 Feb 2023

Festival and Exhibition

The transmediale festival a model, a map, a fiction takes place at Akademie der Künste and various locations throughout Berlin from 1 to 5 February. The five-day festival explores how scale reconfigures relations, politics, and affects in a series of conversations, lectures, panels, performances, demos, film, and workshops. The exhibition “Or So It Seems” is on view from 1 to 26 February. Festival and exhibition are opening 1 Feb at 7 pm.

From the film Wild by Nicolette Krebitz. Photo © Christian Hüller/Heimatfilm

20th Academy Discussion: Content versus Film
13 Feb 2023

Academy Discussions

What makes films good? When did the attitude of placing the content of a film above its aesthetic form emerge and where did it come from? Where is the appreciation of film art as a composition of images, colours and sounds? Jeanine Meerapfel and Dominik Graf talk with Thomas Heise, Nicolette Krebitz and Carolin Schmitz about the essence of cinema, about what makes films unique. In German.

© Heimann + Schwantes
© Heimann + Schwantes

The latest issue explores the prerequisites for preserving the role of public media as an instrument of democracy, the challenges of artificial intelligence, and the important role of (art) critique. Other topics are the fundamental consequences political radicalization in Europe has for artistic freedom, Nan Goldin's photographs and the exhibtion Provenance Research”.

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.

Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz. Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz. Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

The Akademie der Künste is an international community of artists that currently totals 423 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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Top down: Jeanine Meerapfel © Marcus Lieberenz,; Lea Wohl von Haselberg © Lea Wohl von Haselberg; Natan Sznaider 2021 © Peter-Andreas Hassiepen
Monday, 30 Jan
Academy Dialogue

7 pm

Pariser Platz


Vanishing Points of Memory

Akademie President Jeanine Meerapfel talks with sociologist Natan Sznaider, who teaches in Tel Aviv, about the relationship between anti-Semitism, criticism of Israel and racism, antagonistic world views and the dangers of political rhetoric. The basis for the discussion is Sznaiders' book Fluchtpunkte der Erinnerung, in which he anchors this debate in a larger historical and sociological framework. In German.

Photo: Ingeborg Fries
Wednesday, 1 Feb

2 pm

Chausseestraße 125
10115 Berlin

Brecht and his people

The Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof is one of the most famous cemeteries in Berlin – not least because Brecht's last resting place is here. But many of his comrades-in-arms are also laid to rest here; many whom he shaped, promoted and inspired or who supported him. If one were to draw threads between the graves, a densely interwoven web would emerge. The tour aims to trace these lines, references and influences. In German.

© Simone C Niquille /technoflesh Studio,, 2022
1 – 26 Feb

transmediale 2023: Or So It Seems

Combining discourse formats and artistic interventions, the 2023 edition of transmediale “a model, a map, a fiction” explores ideas of technological scale, its instrumentalisation, and effect. The festival's exhibition in Halle 3 features the work of Alan Butler and Simone C Niquille and interrogates the technical and socio-political implications of computer-vision technologies through CGI production and simulation making.

© Grafikdesign: Bárbara Acevedo Strange
1 – 5 Feb

transmediale 2023: a model, a map, a fiction

The 36th edition of transmediale festival takes place at Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg, and various locations throughout Berlin. The five-day festival “a model, a map, a fiction”explores how scale reconfigures relations, politics, and affects our emotions. Taking place over four days, the festivals discourse programme brings together over a hundred international artists, researchers, performers, and thinkers for a series of conversations, lectures, panels, performances, demos, film, and workshops unfolding around the topic of scale.

Ong Keng Sen © Jeannie Ho
Friday, 3 Feb
Concluding Presentation

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Black Box

Valeska Gert Visiting Professorship Ong Keng Sen

In the presentation “Performance and Agency in Decoloniality: Queering The Archive”, dance studies students at the FU Berlin will show the results of their seminar work with curator and director Ong Keng Sen from Singapore. Here, a decolonial perspective that questions predominantly Eurocentric production of knowledge forms the background for the creation of “unhappy archives”, which will be presented and shared with the audience. In English. 

Anna Seghers Museum in Berlin-Adlershof © Andreas [FranzXaver] Süß
Thursday, 9 Feb

2 pm

Anna-Seghers-Str. 81
12489 Berlin

How Netty Reiling became Anna Seghers

The theme of Anna Seghers’ work is the self-liberation of her literary characters. To what extent does this liberation have biographical features? An approach to the transformation from sheltered daughter to headstrong writer. In German.


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