Academy of Arts, Berlin

Academy of Arts, Pariser Platz 4 in Berlin, opened 2005, architect Günter Behnisch

The Academy of Arts of Berlin (German Akademie der Künste Berlin) is a state arts institution in Berlin, Germany. The task of the Academy is to promote art, as well as to advise and support the states of Germany.[1]

The Academy's predecessor organization was founded in 1696 by Elector Frederick III of Brandenburg as the Prussian Academy of Arts, an academic institution in which members could meet and discuss and share ideas.

The current Academy was founded in 1993 as the re-unification of formerly separate East and West Germany academies.


The Academy is an incorporated body of the public right under the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany. New members are nominated by secret ballot of the general assembly, and appointed by the president with membership never to exceed 500.

The academy‘s recent presidents include:



Beginning in the 1690s, the Prussian Academy of Arts, under various names, served as an arts council and learned society for the Prussian government. It was the third-oldest such academy in Europe.

The Academy also served as a training school since its founding, and created a number of affiliated schools. The first was the Bauakademie for architectural training, founded in 1799. The academic arm was fully separated in 1931 and developed into the present-day Berlin University of the Arts (Universität der Künste Berlin).

The Prussian academy ceased operations in 1945. In postwar divided Germany, two parallel organizations took its place.

Akademie der Künste (East), circa 1955, in the Kaiserin-Friedrich-Haus, Robert-Koch-Platz 7

The western successor organization was called the Akademie der Künste and founded in 1954.

The eastern successor organization was founded on March 24, 1950 as the Deutschen Akademie der Künste in Ost-Berlin which became the Akademie der Künste der DDR in 1972, then the Akademie der Künste zu Berlin in 1990. Its presidents included Arnold Zweig, Johannes R. Becher, Otto Nagel, Willi Bredel, Konrad Wolf, Manfred Wekwerth and Heiner Müller.

These two were merged on October 1, 1993 into the present-day academy.


Awards and honours


  1. Akademie der Künste: About, ARTINFO, 2008, retrieved 2008-07-24
  2. "Jeanine Meerapfel elected new president of Berlin Academy of the Arts". european pressphoto agency. Retrieved 6 November 2016.

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