Founded in 1696, the Akademie der Künste in Berlin is one of the oldest cultural institutions in Europe. It represents an international community of artists and currently has some 400 members in its six sections (Visual Arts, Architecture, Music, Literature, Performing Arts, Film and Media Arts). The Akademie der Künste is an exhibition and event location, a meeting place of artists and those interested in art and a venue for public debates on art and cultural policies. The Academy’s archive, containing over 1,200 artists’ estates and an extensive art collection and library, is one of the key interdisciplinary archives of 20th century art. With its event programme, the Academy presents the public with contemporary artistic positions and is dedicated to the preservation of the cultural heritage. One topical focus is on dealing with cultural, political and social relevant themes concerning art. The locations Hanseatenweg and Pariser Platz are barrier-free.