In 2015, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art celebrates its 25th anniversary. Founded in 1990, Witte de With has distinguished itself by offering intrepid commentary on our shared political and cultural predicament through curated exhibitions, symposia,
various lectures and education programs, live events, and a bold publishing arm. Over the last 25 years, these endeavors aimed to understand the development of vital contemporary issues, but more importantly, to play an active role in their continual evolution.

Art In The Age Of…
Energy and Raw Material

23 January – 3 May 2015
Opening: 22 January 2015, 5-8 pm

With: Nina Canell, Céline Condorelli, Mikhail Karikis, Nicholas Mangan, MAP Office, Marlie Mul, and Anton Vidokle.

Witte de With kicks off 2015 with Art In The Age Of…, a three-part presentation series that investigates future vectors of art production in the 21st century, highlighting the circulation of art and its underlying economies rather than its territorial location, its spread and infectious expanse rather than its arrest within narrowly defined genealogies and media. These presentations focus on the role of raw materials, destruction, and computation within art’s creation and its dispersal. With the core questions: how does the creation of art relate to the flow of energy, or to algorithms; which infrastructures will it be parasiting in the 21st century?
The first installment of Art In The Age Of… focuses on how forms of energy and raw material shape, or are narrated by, contemporary artistic practices. Since early times art objects have drifted with the motion and transformation of raw materials like wheat, minerals, and cotton. How does contemporary art relate to geothermal energy? To oil, gas, or alternative sources such as the sun? Could it even fly on rays of cosmic energy?
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Character Is Fate
Willem de Rooij

Willem de Rooij
27 January 2015 – 3 January 2016

On 27 January 2015, twenty-five years to the day it was established, Witte de With will present a new installation by artist Willem de Rooij. Character Is Fate showcases an astrological birth chart Piet Mondrian had made in 1911. A special display system that relates to the solar calendar

allows for the birth chart to be illuminated by the sun, best seen from 2.15pm to 2.30pm each day. While considering the conservational parameters of displaying historical objects, Character Is Fate also visualizes Witte de With’s physical position in relation to the sun.

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In Light Of 25 Years

27 January 2015 – 3 January 2016

“The image of art that Witte de With disseminates is a universal and autonomous one. It is dissemination that should not prevent the construction of a framework which can tell us, for example, something about the glamour of art and its capacity for communication, about art from beyond Europe or North America, or about the terror of current events.” Introductory essay in The Lectures, Witte de With Publishers, 1990

On the occasion of its anniversary, Witte de With examines its history, dedicating its ground-floor gallery to a series of commissioned presentations by a select group of contemporary artists.

Each participant has created an image-based work that analyzes certain sediments of contemporary art history. Presented on a large-scale double-sided light box these anniversary commissions are visible to the city day and night.


27 January – 1 March 2015
Freek Wambacq
3 March – 5 April 2015
Wineke Gartz
7 April – 3 May 2015
Christopher Williams  
5 May – 7 June 2015
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