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Basis voor Actuele Kunst - BAK

Public Institution
Symposium "When is Feminism in Art? The Case of Sanja Iveković"
Sanja Iveković
Sanja Iveković
  Within the framework of the two-part exhibition of Sanja Iveković, Urgent Matters, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and the Van Abbemuseum co-organize a one-day symposium, entitled When is Feminism in Art? The Case of Sanja Iveković, in which the development of feminist and critical art practices in the "former East" is explored through the case of the remarkably rich body of work of Sanja Iveković. The aim of the symposium is to provide a context through which Iveković's practice can be engaged with and analyzed in the context of global developments in art, thus contributing to the knowledge and understanding of the history of art in the Central and Eastern European region through a concrete case of the evolution of a feminist position in a particular cultural and political topography. Invited speakers explore these topics through a discussion of key works in Iveković's oeuvre and the social, cultural, and political context in which they are situated. Sanja Iveković takes part in the panel discussion at the end of the symposium.

Speakers: Katy Deepwell, founder and editor of n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal, London; Tom Holert, art historian and cultural critic, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna/Berlin; Nataša Ilic, curator and member of the curatorial collective What, How and for Whom/WHW, Zagreb; Bojana Pejić, art historian and curator, Berlin; and Georg Schöllhammer, writer and editor-in- chief, Springerin, Vienna.

The symposium takes place in the auditorium of the Van Abbemuseum from 11.00-18.00 hrs. It is held in English and entrance is € 10 including lunch. Reservations are required; to make a reservation, please fill in the online registration form at

Urgent Matters
From 18 April to 2 August 2009, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven present Urgent Matters, a two-part solo exhibition by Sanja Iveković, presenting a selection of key works from Ivekovic''s oeuvre from the 1970s to today. The exhibition at the Van Abbemuseum casts a retrospective view, focusing on historical work from mainly before 1989 consisting primarily of photographic series, collages, and filmed performances, whereas at BAK a selection of more recent work is shown, including a number of productions realized for this occasion. The exhibition is also planned to extend into the public realm with the artist's proposal to rename a city street in Utrecht after the Unknown Heroine.

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst
Lange Nieuwstraat 4, Utrecht
Opening hours: Wednesday-Saturday 12.00-17.00 hrs, Sunday 13.00-17.00 hrs
Entrance fee €4
Reduced €2 (students, seniors, groups min. 10, children < 12, U-pas)
BOOKS@BAK members free

Van Abbemuseum
Bilderdijklaan 10, Eindhoven
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11.00-17.00 hrs
Entrance Fee € 8,50
Groups > 15, seniors € 6 p.p.
CJP card holders, students € 4

An exhibition handbook is available at both locations (€ 5).

For further information on the exhibition and symposium, please contact: t. +31 30 2316125, e:, or see
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