Installation Forensic Justice, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2018–2019, photo: Tom Janssen


BAK, basis voor actuele kunst is a base for art, theory, and social action. BAK is committed to the notion of art as a public sphere and a political space, and provides a critical platform for aesthetico-political experiments with and through art. BAK brings together artists, thinkers, and other members of the precarious classes to imagine and enact transformative ways of being together otherwise.

Who we are

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst is a leading international platform for theoretically-informed, politically-driven art and experimental research. Based in Utrecht, BAK addresses the social, ideological, and environmental urgencies of the present by combining public programming and exhibition-making with research, learning, and talent development. Working with communities involved in arts, activisms, and academia—and bringing artists, scholars, and other members of the precarious classes together—BAK cultivates art as a public sphere and a space for aesthetico-political experiments.

BAK’s current long-term program Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–ongoing) is prompted by the dramatic resurfacing and normalization of historical and contemporary fascisms in our present, and advocates art as imagining and enacting ways of “being together otherwise.” Beside its public programs, BAK hosts a Fellowship Program and a new publishing series called Basics as part of a living archive of publishing projects.

Since its inception in 2000, BAK has systematically engaged in developing and testing institutional models to best accommodate and further shape the dynamically evolving fields of discursively and politically committed arts and their processes. This key element of BAK’s praxis, of instituting otherwise, has been one of synchronizing the thematics of public programming with the practice of the institution in terms of formatting events (beyond [mere] exhibitions), apportioning the institution’s resources (of knowledge, time, space, people, finances, etc.), and establishing its “social business plan.”

In September 2017, after seventeen years at Lange Nieuwstraat 4, BAK has moved to a new venue at Pauwstraat 13a, Utrecht. As we repurpose the building into a multi-functional site for the contemporary, BAK’s projects temporarily take place between the renovation stages; experiencing the gradual transformation of the former RASA Centre for World Cultures with the public. Developed with architecture studio Goldsmith, the venue is re-envisioned with ideas of openness, hospitality, flexibility, mobility, humbleness, and sustainability. The site will accommodate the hybrid, multi-layered institutional practices of BAK—including exhibitions, performances, screenings, conferences, workshops, and educational activities—and will offer a base for collective explorations of the art institution as a site of assembly, of being together otherwise.

What Is the City but the People?, Utrecht, 15 September 2018, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht in collaboration with Centraal Museum Utrecht, and SPRING Performing Arts Festival, photo: Tom Janssen



BAK, basis voor actuele kunst
Pauwstraat 13A
NL-3512 TG Utrecht

Opening of Matthijs de Bruijne: Compromiso Político, 10 February 2018. Photo: Tom Janssen

Annual reports

BAK annual reports are currently only available in Dutch. 
2022 2021 2020 2019 2018



Chamber of commerce

Statutory name: Stichting BAK, basis voor actuele kunst
KVK-number: 41183440

BTW (VAT) number:



Maria Hlavajova

Artistic Co-Director

Melody Deldjou Fard 

Business Co-director


Clara Balaguer Lobregat

Curator Civic Praxis

Irene Calabuch Mirón

Lead Coordinator

Mario Paap


Jitka Demoed


Mohamed Botan

Financial Administration

Daniel Lodeweges

Building Maintenance and Engineering

Wietske Maas

Curator Publications

Alexandra Martens Serrano


Dieudonnee Twickler

Coördinator Communications

Bram Tanczos


Geo Barcan

Social Media

Jo-Anneke van der Molen


Alfredo Alejandro Navarrete Cortés


Gerardo Gomez Tonda 

Research Assistant

Benjamin Henninger

Assistent Producer

Jun Saturay

Gebouwbeheer & Techniek

Lisanne van Vucht

Fundraising & Rentals

Bart Witte

Outreach & Operations

Jolijt Bosch


Kosta Besermenji, Catho de Lange, Katerina Kallivrousi, Tim van Loon, Daauwe van Huizen, Anna Schultz, Julia Stefania Kassyk, Aiofe Dunne, Nina Spa, Anita Schuurman, Elisabeth Kollen, Alec Gatenby, Natalia Schipakina, Natalija Gucheva, Pia Seidel, Mira Moussa


Raad van Toezicht

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst is a non-profit organization with a supervisory board. The membership of the Supervisory Board of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst is as follows:

Kitty Zijlmans (chair)

Katherine Watson

Saskia Mangoendinomo

Gerben Biermann

Schedule of appointment and resignation (rooster van aantreden en aftreden), in Dutch (PDF)

Advisory board

Dirk Jan Blikkendaal

Annelies van der Horst

Both the management of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and the Supervisory Board comply with the Cultural Governance Code.

Senior research advisors

Rosi Braidotti

Sven Lütticken


Medewerker Gebouwbeheer

Open call: Volunteers

We sometimes accept internship requests, for this you can send us an email at info@bakonline.org


BAK, basis voor actuele kunst strives to be a space that is free from all forms of structural oppression, including racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia and ageism. BAK recognises that this policy requires an ongoing collective effort, and we ask for your help. During your visit to BAK you are agreeing to actively support this goal.

Read the whole code of conduct and protocol here.