Program

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.

The premises of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst are currently not accessible due to renovations. For information about intermittent public programs and off-site projects, please see below. 

 

 

Calendar

Current & Upcoming

Education Program

11 March–15 April 2019

Course: Art and Politics

The basic course of the BAK School for Art and Politics is organized from 11 March until 15 April 2019. In six weekly sessions, the participants learn about how contemporary art relates to the political in an accessible way. The course is taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK’s general and artistic director. 

Summer School

22-26 July 2019

BAK Summer School: Art as Politics

BAK Summer School: Art as Politics brings together those involved in arts, academia, and social action to collectively think through, learn about, and imagine critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp and influence our dramatically changing times. Deadline for applications: 1 May 2019.

Suggestions from the archive

Lecture

Lecture

23 September 2014

And So We Participate

Lecture by Maria Hlavajova at the symposium The Museum as a Workshop. The lecture is a part of a series of public and internal exchanges between the two key Utrecht-based art institutions, BAK and Centraal Museum, who, in the course of 2014–2016, explore various collaborative possibilities and contribute to rethinking the mission of the art institution in today’s rapidly changing global condition.

Educational platform

Performance

4-5 November 2017

Faust 3

Have we entered into a pact with the devil?

On Saturday 4 November and Sunday 5 November, Frascati hosts performances of the play Faust 3, written by Bread and Puppet Theater founder Peter Schumann, and produced and performed by Bread and Puppet Theater and local artists with migrant backgrounds. The event is a Frascati Session at Frascati and part of BAK’s long-term research project Propositions for Non-Fascist Living.

Lecture

10 March 2015

Art in the Face of Class Recompositions

In the lecture series Curating… Lectures from the exhibition maker’s practice, organized by the Museum for Contemporary Art, Basel and the Academy of Art and Design, Basel, BAK artistic director Maria Hlavajova discusses Art in the Face of Class Recompositions.

Education Program, Exhibition

24 June–09 July 2017

ABiotic Factors

From 24 June to 9 July 2017, BAK hosts the MaHKU graduation exhibition ABiotic Factors. Departing from nature-culture, this year’s MaHKU graduation project takes the urban environment as a site of mutual interactions between both living and non-living agents.

Discursive

Education Program

Education Program

Education Program

Lecture

Lecture

Workshop

Lecture, Conversation

Exhibition

18 October 2018–27 January 2019

Forensic Justice

An exhibition and public program with Forensic Architecture

Forensic Justice is an exhibition and a series of public programs with Forensic Architecture, a London-based independent and interdisciplinary research agency comprised of, among others, artists, scientists, lawyers, filmmakers, and architects.

BAK Summer School 2017

17-21 July 2017

BAK Summer School: Art in a Time of Interregnum

The BAK Summer School: Art in a Time of Interregnum brings together artists, curators, art theorists, and academics to collectively think through, learn about, and imagine critical, politically-informed artistic practices that work to grasp and influence our dramatically changing times.

Congress