A person exists through his capacity for expression. His expression determines his identity. The artists of a country realize the identity of that country. So, France means Victor Hugo and Victor Hugo means France.
The EUROPEAN ALLIANCE OF ACADEMIES aims at initiating a network of art academies and cultural institutions across Europe – a transnational collaboration that advocates for the freedom of the arts. Through new forms of cooperation, the participating institutions support each other and show solidarity whenever needed.
The institutions that committed to the alliance come from almost every country of the European Union – a strong signal that the need for this solidarity-based cooperation is high. The partner institutions include reknown art academies, national actors of cultural politics but also smaller cultural institutions.
At the public opening on October 8, Academy President Jeanine Meerapfel will give a welcoming speech and authors Robert Menasse and A.L. Kennedy will present their vision for Europe. Political Scientist Basil Kerski will talk about how Europe’s future is being shaped in Central and Eastern Europe. The evening will be accompanied by a music Performance of the AoA Impro-Group with Floros Floridis and others.
October 8–10, 2020
Akademie der Künste, Berlin