Character Is Fate, a new installation by artist Willem de Rooij, 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 2.15 pm to 2.30 pm each day.
On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, Witte de With examines its legacy, dedicating the ground-floor gallery to a series of commissioned presentations by a select group of contemporary artists and curators. Each participant makes use of Witte de With’s archive and creates an image-based work that analyzes sediments of contemporary art history, presented on a large-scale light box that is visible to the city day and night.
The first framework of the year long program Art In The Age Of… focuses on energy and raw material, and how these phenomena shape, or are narrated by, contemporary artistic practices. Since early times art objects have floated on currents of exchange; 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 even alternative sources such as the sun? Or could it even fly on rays of cosmic energy?