Platform Beeldende Kunst Retort – Platform BK


A retort is an agenda-setting, informative, or opinion-forming article that reflects on current developments in art in clear language. A retort can be a reaction to negative perceptions and tendentious reporting on art, statements by politicians or economists, research reports, elections, changes in policy, or urgent problems that are felt in the cultural field. This does not mean that we publish a reaction to every article that stigmatizes art as a left-wing hobby without value or use. Rather, a retort reacts to current affairs and hiatuses in societal discussions, without getting stuck in the issues of the day, and attempts to bring a broader context to these issues. Using sharp observations and wit, these pieces create space for agonism and debate. Thus, retorts contribute to the resilience, visibility, and appreciation of the (visual) arts and of the art workers without whom there would be no cultural field.

Platform BK has a small team of experts from the cultural field, who are always at the ready to speak up against platitudes that dominate the public debate. The team members sometimes write a retort, and other times contribute pieces from their own network. This way, team retort remains a fluid collectivity with a solid base. Currently, the people on this team include Alina Lupu, Julia Steenhuisen, and Rosa te Velde.

Proposals for Retorts are always welcome and can be sent to