Institution and mission
Witte de With was established in 1990 as a center for contemporary art with the mission of introducing contemporary art and theory in the context of the City of Rotterdam as well as the Netherlands as a whole. The institution initially sought to present an alternative to both the classic museum for modern art and existing artists initiatives. Over the years, Witte de With has evolved, growing to also commission and produce new works of art. This has resulted in the development of a local, national and international network of people and organizations who follow and actively support the institutions activities. From the very start, many of these were accompanied by or documented in publications, which are now widely distributed and read.
Witte de With continues to see its task as presenting the latest developments in contemporary art, without making concessions concerning their content, yet simultaneously seeking to reach as broad a public as possible. This website supports these efforts by providing news, an archive, background materials, and the opportunity for the public to react and interact.