(L to R) Johanna Hardt, Roberta Pfingsten,Mehveş Ungan, Søren Grammel



Søren Grammel

Søren Grammel is a curator for contemporary art.

From 2013 until October 2020, Grammel has been Head of the Department of Art Since 1960 / Contemporary Art at Kunstmuseum Basel.

Last year, he curated Isa Genzken – Works from 1973 to 1983 at K21 in Düsseldorf, the adapted version of an exhibition he designed for Kunstmuseum Basel in 2020. Currently, he is working as a lecturer at the master program Fine Art at the Zurich University of the Arts, among others.

Previous posts include Director of Kölnischer Kunstverein, Director of Grazer Kunstverein, Curator-in-Residence at Akademie der bildenden Künste Vienna, Curator at Kunstverein München, or Artistic Director of the Videonale 9 in Bonn.

A recurring motif in his exhibitions is the linking of artistic discourses with social issues, as for example in Circular Flow – On the Global Economy of Inequality (2019/2020), Martha Rosler & Hito Steyerl: War Games (2018), One Million Years – System und Symptom (2014), Public Folklore (2011), The Symbolic Commissioner (2010), A person alone in a room with Coca-Cola-Colored Walls (2006) or, It I s Hard To Touch the Real (2001–2006).

Grammel was born in Germany in 1971.


Johanna Hardt

Curatorial assistant:
Mehveş Ungan

Roberta Pfingsten

Fabienne Finkbeiner



Office Hours:  Mon–Fr  9 am– 4 pm

Phone: (+49) 06221–184086


Mediation Team:

Christina Bauernfeind, Diana Frasek, Jonathan Heger, Johannes Immel, Susan Mönch, Roberta Pfingsten, Marcel Wälde

Visitor Service:

Ansi Chalak Abdullah, Valerie Edwards, Elnaz Pegah, Tuvana Yagar

Technical Team:

Jordan Madlon, Björn Ruppert,

Cleaning Service:
Karin Zürner


The Heidelberger Kunstverein offers regularly student internships in the fields of exhibition organization and public relations. Submit your applications via:

Institutional Support

We thank for enabling our work:

The City of Heidelberg

Regierungspräsidium Karlsruhe, the State of Baden-Württemberg

Ministry for Science, Research and Art in Baden-Württemberg (MWK)

Project partners

We thank our project partners for their support:


Karlstorbahnhof Heidelberg

Manfred Fuchs

Heidelberger Volksbank

Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG

Supporting members

We thank our supporting members for their contribution:

AAg Loebner · Schäfer · Weber Freie Architekten BDA

ZVD Döring Druckerei Heidelberg

Kunst Heidelberg

Heidelberger Kunstverein is a member of Kunst Heidelberg

Cooperating partners

Akademie Schloss Solitude

Andreas Felger Kulturstiftung

Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation

Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie

City of Literature Heidelberg

Danish Arts Foundation

Dokumentationszentrum Sinti und Roma Heidelberg

Französische Woche Heidelberg

Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften

Heidelberger Literaturtage im Aufbruch

Heidelberger Stückemarkt

Heidelberger Stuhlmuseum

Heidelberger Werkstätten

IBA Heidelberg

Institut für Kunst und Recht IFKUR e.V.

Internationales Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg

Japan Foundation

Karlstorbahnhof Heidelberg

Klangforum Heidelberg

Kunsthalle Mannheim

Kurpfälzisches Museum Heidelberg

Lebenshilfe Heidelber e.V.

Medienforum Kalrstorkino

Pädadogische Hochschule Heidelberg

Queer Festival Heidelberg

Sammlung Prinzhorn

Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe

Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart

Stadtbücherei Heidelberg

Theater und Orchester Heidelberg

Universität Heidelberg

Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg


The Heidelberger Kunstverein is a unique platform for the presentation and production of contemporary art thorough exhibitions, site-specific projects, performances, artist talks, and open discussions. Its aim is to encourage the acknowledgment and comprehension of the aesthetic, as well as questioning society issues. This is done, through the production of artistic works and art education programmes accessible to a wide audience.

The Heidelberger Kunstverein was founded in 1869 and is now supported by more than 800 members, ideologically and financially. The City of Heidelberg and the State of Baden-Württemberg are main supporters of the Heidelberger Kunstverein. Their contribution is essential for the realisation of our programmes.


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The Heidelberger Kunstverein is one of the oldest art associations in Germany. It devotes itself to the presentation and education of contemporary art, and the reflection on socially relevant questions. Becoming a member, you support the work of the Heidelberger Kunstverein and give a contribution to the advancement and presentation of contemporary art on a regional, national and international scale.

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You regularly receive per post our programme with information about the exhibitions, artists and events of the Heidelberger Kunstverein.

You get all-year free admission to all exhibitions and events in the Heidelberger Kunstverein and in almost 300 other art associations, members of the ADKV.

You have the opportunity to purchase the artists’ editions at a preferential price.

You have a discount on publications of the Heidelberger Kunstverein.

You can enjoy our art trips and other events, such as guided tours by members and visits to artists’ ateliers.

You participate in and have a right to vote at the annual member meeting of the Heidelberger Kunstverein.

All membership subscriptions are tax-deductible.

Yearly membership subscription costs € 50,

Reduced membership — € 35 (valid for senior citizens, artists and unemployed).

Student yearly membership costs € 12.

If you become a member after the 1st of July, the membership subscription for the current year is reduced to € 25 and € 18 for reduced members.

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At the end of every year the Heidelberger Kunstverein offers Editions from artists, whose work has been exhibited throught the year. The Editions, which have been created in the context of the newest exhibition, show the diversity of the topics and the media, which the presented artists use in their work. Purchasing one of the Editions you not only bring joy to yourself or the person receiving it as a present, but you also support the work of the Kunstverein and the artists, and give a significant contribution to the advancement of the arts and the cultural diversity.

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View of the exhibition hall

Wolfgang Plöger ›After This Comes That Before That Comes This‹, Exhibition view, Heidelberger Kunstverein 2017, Foto: Daniel Schreiber


(L to R) Diana Frasek, Götz Gramlich, Dr. Steffen Sigmund (First Chairman), Matthias Günther (treasurer), Prof. Dr. Henry Keazor (Deputy Chairman)

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Board of the Heidelberg Kunstverein consists of twelve members who are elected by the Assembly of Members for a period of four years. The Advisory Board assists the Executive Board with its consultative and active cooperation and convenes at least four times a year. The elections of the Advisory Forum took place in the Ordinary Assembly of Members in 2014 in accordance with Section 11 of the Statute. After the election, the Committee is composed of:

Julia Behrens

Carolin Ellwanger

Stefan Hohenadl

Herbert Jung

Cholud Kassem

Cora Maria Malik

Dominique Mayr

Claudia Paul

Jürgen Popig

Dr. Dorit Schäfer

Prof. Mario Urlaß