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ROTTERDAM'S WITTE DE WITH CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
by Bartomeu Marí, Enrich Franch, Bert van Meggelen

The Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art was founded in 1990 through a joint initiative by Rotterdam's Town Council and the Netherlands' Ministry of Culture. It takes its name from the street where the building housing it (formerly a school) is located and the street is named after Witte de With, a celebrated privateer who harassed the English and Spanish fleets in the 17th century. The Centre carries on Rotterdam's traditional interest in international contemporary art, which has seen expression in the past in such institutions as the Lijnbaacentrum in the 1970s and the 't Venster Gallery in the 1980s.