Witte de With invites you to the opening of Kunsthalle for Music, please join us on Thursday 25 January between 5 and 9 pm.


A detailed program of the evening will be available soon.

Kunsthalle for Music

From 25 January 2018 till 3 March 2018, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam will turn into the Kunsthalle for Music, a contemporary space for the live exhibition of musical works.

“Music is not necessarily what you think it is. Can we imagine a space for music that exists outside of any media and beyond the stage? A space for un-recordable music, music of undefined duration, existing even when no audience is present? A dissolution of performer and audience, of rehearsal and performance? How can we imagine contemporary music, composition, and music performance as contemporary art today?” — from Ari Benjamin Meyers’ manifesto for the Kunsthalle for Music.

Invited by Defne Ayas, Director of Witte de With from 2012 to 2017, Kunsthalle for Music is the large-scale institutional project of Ari Benjamin Meyers investigating and researching what it means to create a new institution for music in an art context today. Departing from historical precedents situated at the cross-section of music and visual art, Kunsthalle for Music instantiates – for the first time – a ‘total musical situation’ in which the ensemble itself, and their enacting of a music-based repertory, wholly constitutes the exhibition, forming the material with which all commissioned artists are invited to work, against the backdrop of the stripped-down gallery spaces.

More information

Our opening coincides with the openings at TENT Rotterdam (located in the same building on Witte de Withstraat 50).