AES+F, The Feast of Trimalchio, 2010. Intervention on the facade of Witte de With, as part of “Between You and I: Intervention I,” 2009. Photo: Bob Goedewaagen
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art was established in 1990 as a center for contemporary art, with the mission of introducing contemporary art and theory in the context of the City of Rotterdam and the Netherlands as a whole. The institution initially sought to present an alternative to both the classic museum for modern art and existing artists’ initiatives. Over the years, Witte de With has evolved, growing to also commission and produce new works of art. This has resulted in the development of a local, national, and international network of people and organizations that follow and actively support the institution’s activities. From the very start, many of these activities were accompanied by or documented in publications, which are now widely distributed and read.
Witte de With continues to see its task as presenting the latest developments in contemporary art—without making concessions concerning content, while simultaneously seeking to reach as broad a public as possible. The institution’s website supports these efforts by providing news, an archive, background materials, and the opportunity for the public to react and interact with the program.