Akademie der Künste (Pariser Platz)

Pariser Platz 4, ​10117 Berlin

Exhibition venue of the 1st Berlin Biennale

Exhibition venue of the 7th Berlin Biennale

Exhibition venue of the 9th Berlin Biennale

Pariser Platz is the point of departure. An iconic tourist trap, it is the site where Michael Jackson once dangled his baby from his Adlon Hotel balcony in a private-public performance that foretold the throngs of selfie sticks today framing the subjects on this site of historical record. The square is surrounded by largely unseen networks of corporate and national powers. Akademie der Künste on Pariser Platz is a historical site that has been sheathed in a large glass building. In immediate proximity to the government district it exemplifies the contemporary visual codes of the state: a national legacy with a sheen of transparency.