Bart De Baere



Bart De Baere

Bart De Baere (b.1960) is director of the MuHKA, the Antwerp Contemporary Art Museum which also has a film museum component and which co-publishes the Afterall Journal. He studied archeology and history of art, and started early on to work as an art critic. For a long time he was a curator in the Ghent Museum of Contemporary Art (now SMAK), where he curated many exhibtions, among which This is the Show and the Show is Many Things. He was also a curator for Documenta IX. Bart De Baere was an adviser for the Soros Foundations in Eastern Europe, for the biennials in Johannesburg and São Paulo, and for the Flemish Minister of Culture in the formulation of a new policy for cultural heritage. He served as Chairman of the Flemish Museum Commission and was until 2008 Chairman of the Flemish Council for Culture. He cofounded the Time Festival in Ghent and the Art Centre Wiels in Brussels. His published writing includes 'The Integrated Museum', in Stopping the Process (Helsinki: NIFKA, 1998), and 'Potentiality and public space, archives as a metaphor and example for a political culture', in Interarchive (Lüneburg/Cologne: Walther König, 2002).