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


18 September 2019–04 September 2020

Presentation: The People Are the City

From 18 September 2019–4 September 2020 BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht presents The People Are the City at the Utrecht City Office, a presentation that reflects on the extraordinary coming together of the people of Utrecht in the collective performance What Is the City but the People? on Jaarbeursplein on 15 September 2018. This presentation is part of exhibition Op Kunstsafari door Utrecht.

Exhibition and public program

28 February–17 May 2020

Tony Cokes: To Live as Equals

[Update COVID-19: exhibition space temporarily closed until further notice. You can now view the opening conversation between artist Tony Cokes and Irit Rogoff on the BAK YouTube channel.]
From 28 February–17 May 2020, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht proudly presents Tony Cokes: To Live as Equals. An exhibition and public program with and around the work of artist Tony Cokes, curated by Thiago de Paula Souza.

Suggestions from the archive

Education Program

15 April 2016


Temporary exhibition by pupils of the Oosterlicht College. In two exhibition projects, they focus on questions of identity, migration, and the Dutch relationship to asylum seekers and refugee shelters.

Closing dinner


06 September–09 November 2009

Surplus Value

The exhibition Surplus Value by Romanian artists Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor presents a selection of works in a variety of media from 2000 to present day, as well as new productions made especially for this exhibition.