General and Artistic Director of BAK

Maria Hlavajova a founding General and Artistic Director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, since 2000. In 2008–2016 she was Research and Artistic Director of FORMER WEST, which she initiated and developed as an internationally collaborative research, education, publication, and exhibition project, culminating with the publication Former West: Art and the Contemporary After 1989 (co-edited with Simon Sheikh (BAK & MIT Press, 2017). Hlavajova has instigated and (co-)organized numerous projects at BAK and beyond, including the series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–ongoing), Future Vocabularies (2014–2017), New World Academy (with artist Jonas Staal, 2013–2016), among many other international research projects. In 2011, Hlavajova organized the Roma Pavilion titled Call the Witness in the context of the 54th Venice Biennale, Venice and in 2007 she curated the Dutch Pavilion Citizens and Subjects at the 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice. In 2000, Hlavajova co-curated Manifesta 3 in Ljubljana, titled Borderline Syndrome: Energies of Defense. In addition, Hlavajova is co-founder (with Kathrin Rhomberg) of the tranzit network, a foundation that supports exchange and contemporary art practices in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia. Previously, she was a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (1998–2002), and director of the Soros Center for Contemporary Arts in Bratislava (1994–1999).


Education Program

11 March–15 April 2019

Course: Art and Politics

Education Program

03 December 2018–21 January 2019

Course Art and Politics

Education Program

23 October–27 November 2018

Course Art and Politics

Panel Discussion

21 June 2016

After Europe


29 April 2016

Global Art Challenges 2016

Panel Discussion

18 November 2015

Synapse I: Rethinking Institutions

Public Editorial Meeting

9-10 October 2015

Art and Labor After the End of Work

Lecture Program

21 May–20 June 2015

Posthuman Glossary


11 April–21 June 2015

New World Academy Exhibition

Public Editorial Meeting

27-28 February 2015

Who is a “People?” Constructions of the “We”


10 January 2015

Learning & Unlearning


19-21 September 2014

New World Summit #4, Stateless State

Public Editorial Meeting

16-17 May 2014

Other Survivalisms


01 June–09 October 2011

Call the Witness, Roma Pavilion


11 September–30 November 2007

Experimental Curating in the Age of Mobility