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Previous Exhibitions - Witte de With

Solo exhibition at Witte de With

9 October 2010 – 2 January 2011
Opening: Friday 8 October 2010, from 6-9 p.m.


At Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, the German artist Cosima von Bonin will present an exhibition featuring new works around the notion of sloth and fatigue.

Cosima von Bonin’s first major solo presentation in the Netherlands will occupy the entire Witte de With. With her typical laconic humor, von Bonin will create a constellation of new and existing works. From oversized stuffed animals to sewn paintings, from pastiches of minimalist sculptures to recreations of shop display systems, her work blends formalism and Pop, oscillating between seriousness and fun, weighed down with melancholy or fizzing with critical wit.

The exhibition’s title quotes the Italian expression dolce far niente that suggests the sweetness of doing nothing, a pleasant relaxation in carefree idleness. Here the expression takes on a certain irony, as this is in fact the first show in a sequence of major institutional exhibitions, which means that the artist herself will be doing quite the opposite of nothing. The sequence of exhibitions is subtitled: THE LAZY SUSAN SERIES, A ROTATING EXHIBITION. This refers to the tabletop appliance, the Lazy Susan or rotating disk that appears in many restaurants and is used to present an array of dishes. The idea of a rotating exhibition differs from a traditional traveling show in that despite certain similarities, with each rotation or loop visitors are served a slightly different dish.

Loop # 01: Witte de With, Rotterdam (9 Oct 2010 – 2 Jan 2011)
Loop # 02: Arnolfini, Bristol (Feb – Apr 2011)
Loop # 03: MAMCO, Geneva (Jun – Sep 2011)
Loop # 04: Museum Ludwig, Cologne (Sep – Nov 2011)

The exhibition at Witte de With is curated by Zoë Gray & Nicolaus Schafhausen.

Motto Bookstore @ Witte de With
14 – 19 September 2010

This marketplace for Motto's impressive stock of books and periodicals will also serve as a site of exchange for unchartered initiatives in the arts – organizations that which operate in a gray zone between thought and action, production and distribution.
Check our website for a program of discussions taking place Tuesday 14 September 2010 – that will serve as a research phase for the Morality symposium (19&20 November 2010).

Between You and I – intervention 3
Polder Cup by Maider Lόpez
4 June – 5 Sep 2010
championship on Saturday 4 September 2010

Polder Cup is the latest site-specific project by Spanish artist Maider López. The façade of Witte de With functions as an open call to participate in a one-day football championship, which takes place on September 4, 2010 in the polders of Ottoland (Municipality of Graafstroom).
Maider López’s projects focus on the intriguingly humorous or the extraordinary behind the obvious and ordinary. López creates various events and situations for individuals to gather through a common language, in this case football. Polder Cup becomes a moment where diverse groups of society are brought together through play, sports and social exchange. Unlike a typical football game, López‘s displaced football field intersected by water channels, challenges the rules of football and encourages players to seek and invent new strategies. Not only does the location create an unusual situation, it reflects on the long Dutch history of fighting against water and the consensus society. With this project, López hopes to transform the function of the polders, going beyond its historical and agricultural uses, to host a public event held within the framework of a common sporting match. Through the participation of football players and audience from all walks of life, the polder will undergo a transformation in which its use can be opened up for new interpretations, challenging the way in which we perceive our spatial surroundings.

ACT VIII: Nether Land
18 June – 11 July 2010
Dutch Culture Center, 800 Changde Lu, Jing’an District, Shanghai China

Nether Land is an act of Morality conceived specifically for the “world stage” of Shanghai World Expo 2010. The exhibition will be held at the Dutch Culture Centre in Shanghai, a satellite of the Dutch Pavilion coordinated by the Netherlands China Arts Foundation.

Nether Land invites reflection on the paradox of cultural and national identity. Each of the exhibited works projects a different relationship with a far away land – China, Africa, Europe and the Middle East – or estranges the here and now, making it impossible for a cumulative portrait of a country or culture to emerge. Nevertheless, the immense impact of such viewing from a distance, across borders, on the shaping of aesthetic and political values that underpin contemporary artistic practice in a global arena comes into sharper relief.

Featured artists: Allan Sekula (US), Erik van Lieshout (NL/DE), Jacques de Koning (NL), Jennifer Tee (NL), Ken Lum (CAN), Lidwien van de Ven (NL/DE), MadeIn (PRC), Meshac Gaba (BEN/NL), Sarah Morris (US, Zheng Guogu (PRC).

Act IX: Let Us Compare Mythologies
performance cycle
18, 19 & 20 June 2010
in and around Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art

Act IX of Witte de With’s year long Morality program, Let Us Compare Mythologies, is a three-day cycle of staged events presenting international artists exploring the nature of the performance.
Based on a wide variety of topics, like the relationships between man, object, myth and animal, the program is centered around the continued existence of myths in today's society and their creative force. We are most grateful to all participants who are willing to show their works, (re)stage their performances and compare their mythologies…

What happens when two myths meet, will they dissolve or will they reinforce each other?

Featured artists: Danaï Anesiadou, Baktruppen, Geneviève Belleveau, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Keren Cytter & Andrew Kerton, Oskar Dawicki, Simon Denny, D.O.R., Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Leeroy the Duck, Yngve Holen, Gergely László, Mark Leckey, Patrizio Di Massimo, Rory Pilgrim, Eliza Newman-Saul, Tris Vonna-Michell, Jeremy Shaw

Act VI: Remember Humanity
May 13, 2010 - August 29, 2010

This deliberately nostalgic title is meant to suggest the coming of a world in which humanity is no longer a given but, rather, something that must be remembered. The selection of works in this exhibition will focus on a number of themes relating to moments in which humanity makes itself visible through a series of oppositional attitudes meant to transform the reality within which they operate. Subjects will range from anarchistic appropriations of scientific discourses - such as psychology, in the case of Luke Fowler's film on R.D. Laing - to the "post-human" aesthetics of Japanese Manga as represented in McG's and Murakami's video "I think I'm Turning Japanese."

Artists: Ziad Antar, Julieta Aranda, Miroslaw Balka, Milena Bonilla, Lee Bul, Luke Fowler, Minouk Lim, Goshka Macuga, Kent Monkman, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Julika Rudelius, Michael Stevenson, Rosemarie Trockel.

Act VII: Of Facts and Fables
Date: May 13, 2010 - September 26, 2010

In the world of morality, animals and children are bystanders or outsiders. Animals are without reason, and children are as yet without the necessary education. Yet, animals and children are brought together in the fable, either as representations of vices or virtues (animals) or as the intended audience (children). The exhibitions cycle in Morality will thus conclude with a show that takes the fable as its subject, in order to explore both what is perceived as lying outside or beyond morality, and the ambiguities and instability of this very human, and very rational world of morals.

Artists: Saâdane Afif, Danaï Anesiadou, Miroslaw Balka, Keren Cytter, Stan Douglas, Agnès Geoffray, Erik van Lieshout, Marko Lulic, Philippe Parreno, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Luc Tuymans, Ola Vasiljeva, Danh Vo, Tris Vonna-Michell.

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