Witte de With Contemporary Art
Program—Untitled
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Untitled
6 May 2018 – 28 April 2019

At Untitled, curatorial and educational goals are intertwined. With art installations and events, as well as a bookstore and an initiative dedicated to collective learning, this long-term project in our now freely accessible ground floor gallery will continuously evolve. The project is designed as a Matryoshka doll, where one work holds another work, which holds another work and so forth. To offer this multi-layered experience, Untitled uses a variety of display mechanisms and presentation formats. Each of these involves different exhibition time-periods, and engage with different attention spans in terms of how they’re experienced.

With this in mind, the furnishings inUntitled were commissioned to the interdisciplinary design studio Muebles Manuel. It includes tables and chairs, bookshelves, and vitrine cases, the latter displaying new projects every exhibition season. One of the two vitrines in Untitled is especially devoted for displays that draw from Witte de With’s rich exhibition history. The second vitrine features artistic and curatorial projects, commissioned for the purpose.
For its part, new books are added every month to the bookshelves in Untitled, and can be browsed or purchased on site. This progressively growing inventory of the bookstore component of Untitled is made by the Witte de With team and guest participants, who select a theme and related bibliography. The bookstore also includes titles about artists participating in Witte de With’s exhibitions and titles published by Witte de With. Additionally, it features publications selected by TENT and CBK Rotterdam.

In the dedicated social area of Untitled, a series of events and public programs take place on a regular basis, especially on weekends. A number of programs for the coming months are already scheduled; please check the Calendar for event listings. A proper café is yet to be set in place, but, all the while, we tend to serve refreshments at every program.

Not just a gallery or classroom, not fully a bookstore or café, Untitled is designed to be spatially ambiguous and to be structured as an occasion and site for collective learning. Kicking-off in Autumn 2018, this initiative involves a work-study fellowship program for Rotterdam youth. It includes courses ranging from art history to hospitality to business, and entails a hiring program that sees them collectively running the program and operations of Untitled with the Witte de With team.