Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
History and museums
The Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art is a center for contemporary art in Rotterdam, Netherlands, founded in 1990. Its current director is Defne Ayas.
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 year anniversary in 2015.
Witte de With's part directors include: Chris Dercon (1990–1995), Bartomeu Marl (1996–2001), Catherine David (2002–2005), first as director later as head curator, and Nicolas Schafhausen (2006–2011). Defne Ayas has been director of Witte de With since January 2012.
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art has presented exhibitions by more than 300 artists -both established and emerging-, and numerous platforms with international and nationwide partners to critical acclaim. The exhibitions of artists such as Daniel Buren, Tacita Dean, Isa Genzken, David Goldblatt, Dan Graham, Atelier van Lieshout, Aernout Mik, Haim Steinbach, Luc Tuymans, Jesper Just, Geoffrey Farmer, Ian Wallace, Paola Pivi, AA Bronson, Douglas Coupland, and Qiu Zhijie reflect the huge diversity of ideas and forms in contemporary art. The focus is on unconventional, critical artistic practices such as recently those of Angela Bulloch, Billy Apple, Liam Gillick as well as those of Ulrike Ottinger, John Baldessari, Antoni Muntadas, Rita McBride, Brian Jungen, Annette Kelm, Margaret Salmon, Tris Vonna-Michell, Sarah Lucas, Douglas Gordon, and Yto Barrada.