Bart De Baere studied archeology and history of art. He became director of M HKA in 2002. Since its merger with the Centre for Visual Culture in 2003, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp is not focussing exclusively on art, but also has a film component and has been developing a reflection centre on new media, dealing with visual culture at large. M HKA is co-publisher of AfterallJournal.
Bart De Baere served as chairman of the Flemish Council for Culture, which advises the government on cultural policy.
From 1999 till 2001 he was advisor for cultural heritage and contemporary art to the Flemish Minister of Culture. Before that time, he was chairman of the Flemish Council for Museums.
From 1986 till 2001 Bart De Baere was curator in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent (now S.M.A.K.) where he organized various exhibitions as e.g. This is the show and the show is many things. He organized and curated events for several venues abroad including Documenta IX in Kassel. As consultant for the City of Johannesburg he was involved in establishing a biennial in South Africa. He was a member of the International Advisory Council for the network of Soros Centres for contemporary art in Eastern Europe.