Witte de With Contemporary Art
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Witte de With is a public institution in the field of contemporary art and its related discourses. Critical reflection on timely issues through curated exhibitions, theoretical and educational programs and a bold publishing arm is core to its mission.

Established in 1990 and with Rotterdam as its homebase, Witte de With acts as a dedicated platform for emerging and established artists, curators, and writers from across the globe. The question of how to define the institution’s role in relation to developments in contemporary art is continually revisited, with every Director and her team making their mark, every 3-6 years. As such, Witte de With's programs continue to provide access to diverse practices on an ongoing basis and consider how not only contemporary art, but also an institution, is represented and perceived by diverse audiences today.

Witte de With is a public institution in the field of contemporary art and its related discourses. Critical reflection on timely issues through curated exhibitions, theoretical and educational programs and a bold publishing arm is core to its mission.

Established in 1990 and with Rotterdam as its homebase, Witte de With acts as a dedicated platform for emerging and established artists, curators, and writers from across the globe. The question of how to define the institution’s role in relation to developments in contemporary art is continually revisited, with every Director and her team making their mark, every 3-6 years. As such, Witte de With's programs continue to provide access to diverse practices on an ongoing basis and consider how not only contemporary art, but also an institution, is represented and perceived by diverse audiences today.

For artists and curators, Witte de With offers an intellectually rigorous platform for bold experimentation, and through a production capacity honed over decades, the facilitation of projects of ambitious scale and complexity. For diverse audiences, we offer opportunities to engage deeply with art, artists, and critical thinkers who provide crucial responses to our times. Reflection with, and input from, Witte de With’s public is core to our programming through both educational projects and public events.

Working both with a core curatorial team and guest researchers curators from around the world, the institution remains agile, responsive, innovative, and experimental, offering a dynamic alternative to traditional museum models. A collaborative spirit is at the heart of our activities, through an active network and strong partnerships both locally and in the world at large. Straddling the global and local, both poles are inextricably linked in our vision through a multifaceted approach to contemporary issues. The city of Rotterdam provides an inspirational ground for our manifold undertakings and resource for our visiting collaborators.

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