The Academy of the Arts in Berlin. Photo: dpa.

Berlin’s Academy of the Arts Reopens Its Exhibition Space

An installation by Israeli artist Micha Ullman inaugurates Berlin’s Academy of the Arts’ exhibition space. The venue reopened on April 9, following a three-year renovation project, which fixed problems with its air-circulation system.

According to Monopol, deficiencies with the system were first acknowledged in 2005, shortly after the building opened its doors. The institution’s reading room and archive, located in its basement, lacked a sufficient fresh-air supply. The academy’s construction committee had originally estimated that the project would cost $38.5 million, but in 2017, the group said the total was expected to amount to $102.5 million.

Ullman’s installation, Until the Last Grain of Sand, will be on view until April 22. The academy describes his piece as a commentary on the current “crisis, as well as the historic and present peace negotiations, in Israel.” Among the other projects Ullman has realized in Berlin is Library, 1995, a monument erected on Berlin’s Bebelplatz, which commemorates the burning of twenty thousand books by the Nazis in 1933.