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Basis voor Actuele Kunst - BAK

Public Institution
Guided tours, Video´s online & Overige activiteiten/other activities
  Guided tours After History: Alexandre Kojčve as a Photographer

The research exhibition After History: Alexandre Kojčve as a Photographer (May-15 July 2012), curated by philosopher and art historian Boris Groys, unveils the unique photographic work of Russian-born French philosopher and diplomat Alexandre Kojčve (1902-1968). The photographs he took on his global travels in the 1950s and 1960s, and the many postcards that he collected during his lifetime, capture the essence of both his philosophical thinking and political work. Kojčve's notion of the "end of history" manifests in these countless repetitive images of a world awaiting an ideal imaginary of freedom, justice, and equality to be realized through activism-not unlike our expectant world of today.

Guided tours are offered on the first Sunday of each month that the exhibition is on view. BAK welcomes you to attend the in-depth tours on 3 June and 1 July at 15.00 hrs. The tours focus on how Kojčve's ideas are reflected in his photographic practice, elaborate further on the propositions and interpretations of curator Boris Groys, and position the exhibition within a broader, FORMER WEST discourse. The tours take approximately 60 minutes, and are free-of-charge with the price of admission. Reservations for both tours can be made by sending an e-mail to:

For more information on After History: Alexandre Kojčve as a Photographer:

Video's online 3rd FORMER WEST Research Congress, Part One

We are pleased to announce that all lectures and conversations presented during the 3rd FORMER WEST Research Congress, Part One: Beyond What Was Contemporary Art are now available for viewing via the Digital Platform of FORMER WEST: Contributions include lectures by: aaa/atelier d'architecture autogérée; Nancy Adajania; CAMP; Ekaterina Degot; h.arta; Ranjit Hoskote; and Irit Rogoff.

Beyond What Was Contemporary Art took place from 19 to 20 April 2012 in Vienna. It was the third in the series of FORMER WEST Research Congresses and is followed by a second installment in September 2012 in Utrecht (dates to be announced). The congress focused on rearticulating the concept of Contemporary Art under the condition of "former West" and speculating about art's possibility in this radically transformative time.

The congress was developed by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and co-curated by Marion von Osten. It was realized in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Secession, Vienna.

For more information on FORMER WEST, please visit:

Other activities Maria Hlavajova at Symposium Haus der Kunst

As part of the programs marking the 75th anniversary of Haus der Kunst in Munich, two major exhibitions open on June 9: Image Counter Image (10 June-16 September, 2012) and Histories in Conflict: Haus der Kunst and the Ideological Uses of Art, 1937-1955 (10 June-13 January, 2013). Accompanying the exhibitions is a two-day symposium on 9 and 10 June which brings together some of the sharpest critical thinkers on the historical and theoretical issues surrounding the exhibitions. The first day of the symposium is dedicated to the thematic exhibition Image Counter Image, which critically explores the representation of violent conflicts in the media.

Maria Hlavajova, BAK's artistic director, participates as a moderator in the panel discussion "Truth effects": Who shows what and why, on how the manipulation and control of images come into effect, and the importance of understanding the underlying aims and mechanics behind an image in order to develop a critical stance.

For more information on the symposium, please visit:

Practical information

BAK visiting address
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst
Lange Nieuwstraat 4
3512 PH Utrecht

Opening hours
Wednesday-Saturday 12.00-17.00 hrs
Sunday 13.00-17.00 hrs

Entrance fee: €4,00
discount: €2,00
BOOKS@BAK, Museumkaart: free
group visit with guided tour: €4,00
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