Between 2012 and 2015, GEMAK was the only remaining active component of the Vrije Academie Foundation The Hague that was founded in 1947 by Livinus van de Bundt.
It was GEMAK’s ambition to present contemporary and controversial themes in art, politics and society; inquisitive, curious, evaluative and challenging and to challenge audiences to experience art as a starting point for artistically ground breaking discussions, lectures and debates. On 4 December 2015 GEMAK had to close its doors. In doing so, the Vrije Academie Foundation also ceased to exist.
GEMAK was an exhibition space. It offered artists an inspiring platform for provocative projects. GEMAK’s exhibitions were accompanied by lectures, interviews and debates, where art provided the inspiration rather than the subject.