12:00 am
Art Trip: Venice Biennale


Two German artists, Anne Imhof and Franz Erhard Walther, were awarded the Golden Lion, one of the internationally renowned art awards. The award to the German pavilion was frantically celebrated and harsh criticised at the same time. Together with you, we would like to make our own impression: we will explore the National Participations of other countries in the pavilions, also outside the Giardini venues, and form a Heidelberg Jury. Just as well, we will make a tour around the extensive group exhibition ›Viva Arte Viva‹, curated by Christine Macel.

The trip is accompanied by Ursula Schöndeling and Jasmin Meinold.

12:00 am
InstaWalk with ›This Ain’t Art School‹


Together with the freelance author, instagramer and ›This Ain’t Art School‹- founder Anika Meier, you will go on a tour around all the exhibition venues of the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie in Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg.



●        Meeting point: Kunstverein Ludwigshafen (Bismarckstraße 44-48, 67059 Ludwigshafen on Rhein)
●        Fee: free of charge
●        Registration: @thisaintartschool

12:00 am
Reading with Ingo Schulze
In cooperation with ›Allerorts: Literatur!‹


Ingo Schulze is one of the most renowned German authors of his generation. His debut, ›33 Moments of Happiness‹ (1995), was met with enthusiasm; some of the stories from the book were published in the New Yorker. ›Simple Stories‹ (1998) was a spectacular success and has become a book read schools. He was awarded the Leipzig Book Fair Prize for ›Handy‹ (2007), and the Joseph Breitbach Prize for ›Neue Leben‹ (2005). His work has been translated into more than 30 languages. A new novel ›Peter Holtz. Sein glückliches Leben erzählt von ihm selbst‹ – written down and prepared for printing by Ingo Schulze, comes out in early September.


About the book:
Peter Holtz dreams about happiness for everyone. Even as a child, he practices the abolition of money, contrives punk out of the spirit of the working-class songs, and converts himself to christianity. As a CDU member (East), he fights for the christian-communist democracy. However, he wonders: the flow of the world contradicts all logic. His selflessness only enriches the market economy. Has he fought for the wrong side? Or for the right, but in a wrong way? And above all: how will he get rid of the money with decency? Peter Holtz challenges the promises of capitalism. With wit and poetry, Ingo Schulze creates a character who has not yet existed, and whom we need today: in times when the world turns upside down. From an orphan to a millionaire. What could go wrong?


As part of ›Allerorts: Literatur!‹, a new initiative by the Karlstorbahnhof started in the beginning of 2016 and supported by numerous sponsors, writers present their works at diverse venues of the city. Literature goes on a trip – to new thoughts and places. It brings language to the exciting places in the city and invites you to explore the promising shores of the literary city of Heidelberg.


The evening is moderated by Beatrice Faßbender.
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9:30 pm
Guided tour around ›Resisting Images‹



A tour around the exhibition and a guide into some of the presented works gives Maximilian Bauer, artist and art educator.

12:00 am
Bar Blau
Art / Drinks / Guided tours


Every first Thursday of the month we invite you to our ›Bar Blau‹ in the cafeteria of the Kunstverein. While enjoying fresh drinks, you have an opportunity to learn more about the exhibitions.

Reading with Ingo Schulze // 8 pm
Tour around the exhibition with the artist and art educator Maximilian Bauer. // around 9 pm

Fee: regular 4 €, reduced 2 €, members free (For the reading a special fee is charged)


12:00 am
Guided tour around ›Resisting Images‹



A tour around the exhibition and a guide into some of the presented works gives Maximilian Bauer, artist and art educator.

12:00 am
Shumona Sinha presents ›Stateless‹
Shumona Sinha introduces her new book ›Stateless‹



Reading / Excerpts: Shumona Sinha (French)
Translation: Thomas Städtler (German)
Moderation: Erika Mursa
Shumona Sinha was one of the highlights of the ›Heidelberg Literature Festival 2017‹. In the Heidelberger Kunstverein she presents her latest book, which comes out in September 2017 in Edition Nautilus.


In strong images the author writes about three women, who face a ruthless regime – in Paris as well as in Calcutta. They are uprooted, homeless, never quite at home in a society where women and newcomers have it especially hard. In the current age, shaped by growing distrust, fear, and even hatred, the ›Stateless‹ is an important and unique literary voice.


Shumona Sinha, born 1973 in Calcutta, has lived in Paris since 2001. For her novel ›Let’s Beat Up the Poor!‹ (2015) she received i.a. the International Literature Prize of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Her third novel Calcutta (2016) has also won several prizes, including the Prix du Rayonnement de la langue et de la littérature française of the Académie française and the Grand Prix du Roman de la Société des gens de lettres.


An event of the institution for German-French cultures in cooperation with the Heidelberger Kunstverein.


●        Tickets: 8 euros at the door, reduced 5 euros
●        Doors open from 7:30 pm


12:00 am
›Behind the scenes‹
What is actually the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, and how are such exhibitions created?



Yasmin Meinicke, the Managing Director, explains how the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie has become what it is today; and how this curated photo festival construct works across three cities, two federal states and seven exhibition venues.


Practical questions about the exhibition structure, loans, etc. are answered by the exhibition coordinator Christoph Blass.
The event is an offer of the Volkshochschule Heidelberg e.V.


●        Registration via:
●        Fee: 9 euros

12:00 am
Heidelberg City Tour


During the City Tour you have an opportunity to be guided through all participating exhibition venues of the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie of a city in one day (duration: approx. 3 hours).


Please note that long walks are to be expected.
Registration required: Tel .: 0621 293 3837, E-Mail:


Meeting point: Sammlung Prinzhorn, Voßstraße 2, 69115 Heidelberg
Fee: 6 € per person