Foundation B.a.d. is an artists’ initiative in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and was founded in 1987 when a group of art students occupied a decommissioned bathhouse. The experience was short-lived but influential because it led to establishing a formal structure. Subsequently, Stichting B.a.d. was founded (Foundation B.a.d.—‘bad’ means ‘bath’ in Dutch). As a collaborative group, B.a.d. has participated in several international exhibitions, such as Manifesta 1 (with with NEsTWORK, 1996, Rotterdam), Democracy! at the Royal College of Art (2000, London), and My Home Is Yours/Your Home Is Mine (2000, Tokyo and Seoul). In 2001, Foundation B.a.d. began a long-term sustainability project called B.a.d. To The Future! The aim was to secure the building for future use, which included finding new partners, renovating the building, and continually rethinking how B.a.d. functions as an arts organization.
Since 1991, Foundation B.a.d. has been situated in the south of Rotterdam in a former school that was called De Wiekslag. The building was a girls’ school that taught domestic crafts, and was built between 1953 and 1955 to a design by the architects Kuiper, Gouwetor & De Ranitz. The location is near the river Maas and surrounded by the contrasting environments of parkland and Rotterdam’s massive industrial harbor. Our building is situated on Talingstraat in the leafy neighbourhood of Charlois—a residential area popular with the creative community. As such, the building’s location offers an oasis for artistic activity among a growing network of creative practitioners.
What we do.
We provide accommodation and/or studios to our members and a venue for presentations and events. We offer temporary guest studios for local and international artists. Over three decades, we have hosted more than 400 guests from around the world and organized many exhibitions and events, such as concerts and symposia, We have a large hall and garden, both of which can be used by members and guests for artistic and social activities. Foundation B.a.d. offers an enjoyable and productive place for artists to live and work.