WDWXXV: In Light Of 25 Years

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During this 25th anniversary year, Witte de With set out to examine its history, dedicating its ground-floor gallery to a series of commissioned presentations by a select group of international contemporary artists, including Özlem Altin, Wineke Gartz, Camille Henrot, Germaine Kruip, Mahony, Raimundas Malašauskas, Zin Taylor, Freek Wambacq, and Xu Zhen. Each participant created a  new  work that analysed certain sediments of contemporary art history. Presented on a large-scale double-sided light box these anniversary commissions were visible to the city day and night.

The publication WDWXXV: In Light Of 25 Years documents these newly commissioned works which respond in varied ways to developments in contemporary art, its landscape and possibilities today, departing from Witte de With’s quarter century of exhibition history.  Alongside the reproduced individual works and introductions by Director Defne Ayas and Curator Samuel Saelemakers, the publication reintroduces the element of space, prominent in the In Light Of 25 Years project.



—Year Published


Defne Ayas, Samuel Saelemakers

Production Coordinator
Maria-Louiza Ouranou

Rosa de Graaf

Goda Budvytyte

Die Keure, Bruges, Belgium


ISBN 978-94-91435-45-4

Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

All rights reserved. © the artists, authors and Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2016.
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art is supported by the city of Rotterdam (DKC) and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW).