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. 
2020 2019 2018



Chamber of Commerce

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

BTW (VAT) number:

Each Step Yields Depth, public progam/collective dinner with artist Chloë Bass as part of Trainings for the Not-Yet, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 13 October 2019, photo: Tom Janssen



Maria Hlavajova

General & Artistic Director

Eva Postema

Executive Director


Clara Balaguer Lobregat

Community Editor

Irene Calabuch Mirón

Coordinator Studies & Fellowship for Situated Practice

Hidde van Greuningen

Head of Public Practice

Olga Leonhard


Daniel Lodeweges

Building Management & Technique

Wietske Maas

Managing Editor Publications

Niels van Mil

Finances & Administration

Jo-Anneke van der Molen


Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga

Curator Post-Academic Program

Alfredo Alejandro Navarrete Cortés

Office Assistance

Thomas Orbon


Rachael Rakes

Curator of Public Practice

Ine Rambonnet

Office & Production

Caecilia Rasch

Communication Assistance

Jun Saturay

Building Management & Technique

Nina Spa


Lisanne van Vucht

Fundraising & Rentals

Julia Alting, Anouk van Amsterdam, Liesa van Dyck, Elisabeth Kollen, Anita Nanasi, Anita Schuurman, Nina Spa, Anna van Stuivenberg



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:

Nancy Jouwe


Frans-Willem Korsten

Martyn Top

Kitty Zijlmans

Katherine Watson

Saskia Mangoendinomo

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


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.


Rosi Braidotti

Sven Lütticken


Volunteers wanted for program fall/winter 2021

We sometimes accept internship requests, for this you can send us an e-mail via [email protected]

Code of conduct and protocol

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.