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Basis voor Actuele Kunst - BAK

Public Institution
Museumweekend, Finissage & Save the Date

On 14 and 15 April 2012, the biggest cultural event in the Netherlands is taking place: the Museumweekend. Almost 500 museums participate in this festive weekend, organizing surprising activities. This year's theme is: Be enriched by the museum [Laat je verrijken door het museum]. BAK is also involved in the Museumweekend, offering free admission to the exhibition Christoph Schlingensief: Fear at the Core of Things at BAK and free guided tours daily at 14.00 hrs.

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Finissage Christoph Schlingensief: Fear at the Core of Things

Coinciding with the closure of Springdance festival, BAK celebrates its exhibition Christoph Schlingensief: Fear at the Core of Things during a finissage with drinks and an improvised Thai kitchen.

The exhibition, curated by Kathrin Rhomberg, presents some key works by the theater director, filmmaker, author, and artist Christoph Schlingensief (1960-2010). Ever confronting the uncomfortable, Schlingensief masterfully collapses systems of art and politics through highly experimental means, arriving at an overwhelming sense of immediacy. Rather than placating viewers or forcing them to assume roles of consumers or spectators, the works make a call to the public to take responsibility for the world as it is, and with this knowledge to think-and to act-otherwise.

This year the program of Springdance (19-29 April in Utrecht) centers on the relationship between dance and visual arts and unfolds over 10 days filled with international contemporary dance and performance. Among the works presented are those by visual artist and choreographer Ibrahim Quraishi. In his live-installation Wild life take away station, 2009-2010, reality and memory, and desire and melancholia, wash over each other. In addition to the program, Tino Sehgal was asked by composer Ari Benjamin Meyers to change the traditional audience-orchestra setting for Benjamin's Symphony X, 2009. Sehgal creates an immaterial set design that reconfigures the format of a concert inviting the audience to share the musicians' experience of physical exertion.

For more information on Christoph Schlingensief: Fear at the Core of Things: For more information on Springdance:

Save the date After History: Alexandre Kojčve as a Photographer

With excitement and anticipation BAK announces the upcoming research exhibition After History: Alexandre Kojčve as a Photographer (20.05.-15.07.2012), curated by art historian and philosopher Boris Groys. We welcome you to join us at the opening on Saturday 19 May from 17.00 to 19:00 hrs, and to attend the accompanying lecture by Groys on Friday 25 May at Het Utrechts Archief at 16.00 hrs.

Alexandre Kojčve (1902-1968) is arguably one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. This seminal political thinker-and European politician-created a unique and fascinating collection of thousands of photographs and postcards. The aesthetic articulation of Kojčve's philosophical and political views takes unexpected shape as it is made publicly available for the first time, providing a new understanding of the intellectual history of the so-called West and rearticulating its effect on our present, and possible futures.

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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
Open later for Public Program events

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

Also in Utrecht

Casco - Office for Art, Design and Theory
Forum 'Let's Squat Something'
15.04.2012, 13:00-16:00 hrs

Colour Logics

Springdance Festival 2012
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