Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
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|Location||50 Witte de Withstraat, 3012 BR |
Rotterdam the Netherlands
|Director||Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy|
The center explores developments in contemporary art worldwide and presents them through curated exhibitions, symposia, live events, educational programs, and a publishing arm. It is housed in a former school building on the Witte de Withstraat, a street in Rotterdam.
Witte de With was established on January 27, 1990 as a center for contemporary art with the mission of introducing international contemporary art and theory in the context of the City of Rotterdam as well as the Netherlands. The institution initially sought to present an alternative to both the classic museum for modern art and existing artists’ initiatives. Witte de With celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015. Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy leads Witte de With since 2017, she succeeds Defne Ayas; who was appointed director in 2012. Nicolaus Schafhausen was appointed director in 2006. Catherine David had served as the third director of Witte de With between 2002 and 2004. Bartomeu Marí is the second director from 1996 to 2001, Chris Dercon is the first director of Witte de With from 1990 to 1996.
The institution typically stages six to eight exhibitions per year across its three floors, ranging from thematic group exhibitions to solo presentations by emergent and established artists from around the globe. Here is a selection of Solo exhibitions:
- 2016: Michael Portnoy
- 2016: Charlemagne Palestine
- 2013: AA Bronson
- 2011: Rita McBride
- 2011: Cosima von Bonin
- 2008: Saadane Afif
- 2008: Claire Fontaine
- 2007: Isa Genzken
- 2007: Bernadette Corporation
- 2007: Peter Friedl
- 2000: Manfred Pernice
- 2008: Rita McBride
- 1998: David Lamelas
- 1997: Pierre Bismuth
- 1997: Allan Sekula
- 1993: Jef Geys
- 1992: Hélio Oiticica
- 1990: Guillaume Bijl
- 1990: Ken Lum
In the history of the contemporary art centre, a handful critically acclaimed group shows were organised. In 2011 Witte De With organised Melanchotopia; an exhibition with different venues in the city-center of Rotterdam including works by Danaï Anesiadou, Sven Augustijnen, Guillaume Bijl, Monica Bonvicini, Filip Gilissen, Erik van Lieshout, Slavs and Tatars, Harald Thys & Jos De Gruyter and Peter Wächtler.
In 2009 a year-long program at Witte de With was structured as a series of group shows, presentations, performances, screenings and debates  including participations by Dineo Seshee Bopape, D.O.R., Simon Denny, Yngve Holen, Mark Leckey, Patrizio di Massimo, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, and Jeremy Shaw.
Witte de With has developed a curatorial position devoted to publications, with each Director putting a mark on their program. Publications of Witte de With Publishers range from exhibition catalogues to artists’ books and editions, readers and symposia proceedings to essays.
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