Reopening and extension of the Biennale exhibitions


All six exhibition venues of the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie 2020 have successively reopened to visitors from May 6, 2020 onwards.

The Biennale is furthermore extending its exhibition period by several weeks.

The virtual tours will remain accessible beyond the exhibitions at


The Lives and Loves of Images

Photography has come to symbolize the extremes of contemporary society. It is deeply personal and yet thoroughly public. Freeing at times yet also limiting. Expressive yet culturally dominant. Pleasurable, but worrying. There is affection for photography, but we are or ought to be suspicious of its power and manipulations. If we are dependent upon the photographic image, as so many have claimed over the last century, this dependence gives us mixed feelings.

Across three cities, six museums and an extensive programme of talks, discussions and workshops, The Lives and Loves of Images explores how these tensions shape our understanding and appreciation of photography. A series of exhibitions, each thematically distinct, considers the hold, good and bad which photographs have over us, viewers and image makers alike.


All exhibitions of the Biennale have been extended!

→ Port25 – Raum für Gegenwartskunst: from May 6 to June 28, 2020 → Between Art and Commerce

→ Kunsthalle Mannheim: from May 8 to June 21, 2020 → Walker Evans Revisited

→ Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Museum Weltkulturen D5: from May 12 to June 28, 2020 → Reconsidering Icons

→ Kunstverein Ludwigshafen: from May 12 to June 28, 2020 → All Art is Photography

→ Wilhelm-Hack-Museum: from May 12 to September 13, 2020 → When Images Collide

Please contact the respective venues for information about the requirements for a visit.

Already closed:

→ Heidelberger Kunstverein: from May 6 to 31, 2020 → Yesterday’s News Today



  • Hein Gorny, Ohne Titel (Scheren), ca. 1935. Copyright: Hein Gorny, Collection Regard, Berlin.


  • Max Pinckers & Sam Weerdmeester, Controversy, 2017. (Ausstellung / exhibition: Reconsidering Icons, Museum Weltkulturen der Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim)

  • Antonio Pérez Río, Liberty Leading the People, 2017, aus der Serie / from the series: Masterpieces, 2014–18. (All Art is Photography)

  • Eva Stenram, Drape IV, 2012. Courtesy: The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam. (Ausstellung / exhibition: When Images Collide, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen)

  • Clare Strand, aus der Serie / from the series: Snake, 2017. (Ausstellung / Exhibition: Yesterday’s News Today)