Witte de With Contemporary Art
About Us—Team

Under a rotating directorship every three to six years with a dynamic team, Witte de With renews itself continuously and is able to closely follow emerging artistic practices and related fields of interest. Witte de With has served as a springboard not only to many now renowned contemporary artists who found early exposure here but also to a professional career for many curators, critics, scholars, educators and others in the field of culture such as press and fundraising.

In succession, the directors Chris Dercon (1990 – 1995, now director Volksbühne, Berlin), Bartomeu Marí (1996-2001), Catherine David (2002 – 2004, now deputy director, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou), Hans Maarten van den Brink (interim director, May 2004 – April 2006, journalist and writer), Nicolaus Schafhausen (2006-2011, now director Kunsthalle Wien) and Defne Ayas (2012-2017) were given the opportunity to make their personal mark on the program. In January 2018, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy became director of Witte de With.

Previous alumni of Witte de With staff include: Anke Bangma (artistic director TENT, Rotterdam); Valentijn Bijvanck (director Marres, Centre for Contemporary Culture ); Tanja Elstgeest (business and artistic director Productiehuis Rotterdam); Amira Gad (curator at Serpentine Galleries, London); Juan Andrés Gaitán (director Museo Rufino Tamayo); Bart van der Heide (chief curator of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam); Monika Szewczyk (curator at documenta 14, held in Athens and Kassel); Nathalie Hartjes (director at Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam); and Rutger Wolfson (former director of International Film Festival Rotterdam).

Witte de With adheres to the Governance Code Cultuur.

WdW Review
Adam Kleinman (Chief Editor)
Orit Gat (Managing Editor)

Veronika Babayan (Education)
Lana Krop (PR & Communication)
Rosa Mulder (Curatorial)


Frank van Balen

Installation Team
Ties Ten Bosch, Jonathan den Breejen, Carlo van Driel, Chris van Mulligen, Hans Tutert and Ruben van de Velde.

Reception Desk
Laila El Amrani-Talbi, Remty Elenga, Rabin Huissen, Jasmijn Krol, Annelotte Vos and Gino van Weenen.

Art Mediators
Lisa Diederik, Femke Gerestein, Fien de Graaf, Emmelie Mijs, Germa Roos, Bram Verhoef, Gino van Weenen, Roos Wijma and Lesley Wijnands.

Myriam Vandi

Staff Portraits by
Kirsten de Graaf, Aad Hoogendoorn


Business Advice

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Deputy Director
Paul van Gennip
Associate Director Education & Public Affairs
Yoeri Meessen
Associate Curator / Producer
Patrick Constantin Haas
Assistant Curator
Rosa de Graaf
Head of Publications
Maria-Louiza Ouranou
Director's Office / MarCom Officer
Angélique Kool
PR Marketing & Communication Associate
Milou van Lieshout
Digital Communications Associate
Jeroen Lavèn
Education Assistant
Docus van der Made
Office Manager
Gerda Brust
Production Officer
Wendy Bos
Senior Technical Supervisor
line kramer
Financial Administrator
Suzan van Heck
Events & Office Assistant / Art Mediator
Emmelie Mijs
Receptionist & Office Assistant
Ella Broek
Office-Library Assistant / Receptionist
Erik Visser
Erwin Nederhoff