UPDATE 13 JANUARY 2021: the BAK building is temporarily closed, due to the prolonged Covid-19 lockdown. In the meantime, BAK offers an online program, including the digital forum Prospections.

BAK programming combines the artistic, experiential, theoretical, and political so as to imagine and enact transformative ways, with and through art, of being together otherwise. BAK’s current research trajectory Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020) is prompted by the dramatic resurfacing and normalization of fascisms, historical and contemporary. BAK organizes exhibitions, lectures, publications, workshops, and composite performative conferences with exhibitionary, discursive, and performative elements.


Current & Upcoming

Exhibition and public program

Collaboration and Open call


27-30 January 2021

The Postresearch Condition

EARN/Smart Culture Conference organized in collaboration with HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, NWO (Dutch Research Council), and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht.

    Suggestions from the archive

    13 March, 19.30–14 March, 22.00 2020

    European Forum for Advanced Practices (EFAP) at BAK [NOT TAKING PLACE]

    Including two public programs with Paul Goodwin, Ima-Abasi Okon, Abbas Zahedi, Jihan El-Tahri, Irit Rogoff, Florian Schneider, and Maria Hlavajova

    [WILL NOT TAKE PLACE | Update 12/3: unfortunately these EFAP presentations will not take place.]

    Come to BAK on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 March for two public programs as part of the European Forum for Advanced Practices (EFAP), a self-organized, international gathering of practitioners, scholars, and organizers from transdisciplinary realms of art and education. With, on the Friday, a conversation between Paul Goodwin, Ima-Abasi Okon, and Abbas Zahedi; and on the Saturday a screening and a lecture by Jihan El-Tahri. With introductions by Irit Rogoff, Florian Schneider, and Maria Hlavajova.

    Training & Public Program

    16 November 2019, 13.30-22.00

    Propositions #9/4 Training “Refuge, Refuse, Refrain” & Public Program

    This fourth day of the week of Propositions #9 Deserting from the Culture Wars consists of a training with Terra Critica, and a public program including a panel Collaborations, Coalitions, In- and Exclusions with Jonas StaalNatascha Sadr Haghighian, and Bini Adamczak, moderated by Sven Lütticken.

    Book Launch, Conversation

    31 May 2017, 18.30

    Book Launch of Former West: Art and the Contemporary After 1989

    A conversation with Maria Hlavajova, Suhail Malik, Irit Rogoff, Simon Sheikh, and Marina Vishmidt

    On Wednesday 31 May 2017 is the London launch of Former West: Art and the Contemporary After 1989. Former West: Art and the Contemporary After 1989 has been published in the context of the curatorial and artistic research experiment FORMER WEST (2008–2016), developed by BAK and realized through manifold partnerships with artists, theorists, activists, as well as art and educational institutions transnationally.