Bart De Baere studied archaeology and the history of art. He became director of M HKA in 2002. From 1999 to 2001 he was advisor for cultural heritage and contemporary art to the Flemish Minister of Culture. From 1986 to 2001, Bart De Baere was curator in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent. He has organised and curated events for several venues abroad, including Documenta IX in Kassel. He has been involved in establishing a biennial in South Africa and was a member of the International Advisory Council for the network of Soros Centres for Contemporary Art in Eastern Europe.