Bik Van der Pol
Jean Luc Blanc
Ulla von Brandenburg
Gardar Eide Einarsson
Erik van Lieshout
Han van Meegeren
Rodolphe Archibald Reiss
Lili Reynaud Dewar
An exhibition that brings together over forty artists who cross the bridges linking art and the aesthetics of crime and invokes the spirits of visual art, architecture, cinema, criminology, and the modern crime genre transforming the rooms of Witte de With into multiple "crime scenes."
New façade, expanded exhibition space
As of 24 January 2014, our building at Witte de Withstraat 50 in Rotterdam has a new façade; a renovated entrance and reception area, and an expanded exhibition space on the ground floor to profile Witte de With's programs more prominently at street level. The Crime Was Almost Perfect is the first exhibition to present works in this exhibition space.
The Crime Was Almost Perfect
Although the link between art and crime can be traced back to ancient times, Thomas De Quincey explicitly theorized this connection in his notorious essay "On Murder Considered As One Of The Fine Arts" (1827).
The nineteenth century also saw the growing importance of photography both in the development of criminology and in the new sensationalism of the tabloid press—two phenomena that popularized the genre of the detective story. Cinema soon became the perfect medium for capturing the dubious charm of violence and transforming it into pleasurable images.
Following De Quincey's ironic proposal to analyze murder from an aesthetic point of view, The Crime Was Almost Perfect is an exhibition that brings together over forty artists who cross the bridges linking art and the aesthetics of crime and invokes the spirits of visual art, architecture, cinema, criminology, and the modern crime genre, transforming the rooms of Witte de With into multiple 'crime scenes.'
Curated by Cristina Ricupero (curator and art critic, Paris)
Artists: Saâdane Afif, Kader Attia, Dan Attoe, Dirk Bell, Guillaume Bijl, Bik Van der Pol, Jean-Luc Blanc, Monica Bonvicini, Ulla von Brandenburg, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Mike Cooter, François Curlet, Brice Dellsperger, Jason Dodge, Claire Fontaine, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Matias Faldbakken, Keith Farquhar, Dora Garcia, Douglas Gordon, Eva Grubinger, Richard Hawkins, Karl Holmqvist, Pierre Huyghe, Joachim Koester, Onkar Kular, Gabriel Lester, Erik van Lieshout, Jonas Lund, Jill Magid, Teresa Margolles, Fabian Marti, Han van Meegeren, Dawn Mellor, Rupert Norfolk, Raymond Pettibon, Emilie Pitoiset, Olivia Plender, Michael Portnoy, Julien Prévieux, Rodolphe Archibald Reiss, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Aïda Ruilova, Allen Ruppersberg, Markus Schinwald, Jim Shaw, Noam Toran, Herwig Weiser
More Than Meets The Eye
Saturday 25 January (2:30pm, 4pm, 4:45pm)
Location: Cinérama, Rotterdam
Narration, suspense, voyeurism, and the relation between design and crime are played out in selected films by Lene Berg, Keren Cytter, Dias & Riedweg, Beatrice Gibson, Michael Portnoy, Nicolas Provost, Aïda Ruilova, Hans Schabus, Tobias Zielony, among others. This film program is presented in cooperation with the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Cui Bono? (To Whose Benefit?)
A symposium pitting truth against legal procedure
Saturday 29 March
Location: Auditorium, Witte de With
What is the law, and how does it function? How are its rules written, interpreted, and implemented across different contexts? Moreover, what is really at stake when we say a case is lost or won? Beginning with a keynote lecture on the historical development of the legal system and its machinery, this day-long symposium seeks to understand how legal procedures either facilitate or complicate normative notions of what is fair through a series of interpretive case studies.
Crime Does Pay! The Impact of Forensics on the Production and Perception of Art
Thursday 13 February, 10am–5pm
With Michael Zinganel (artist and writer, Vienna)
Design for Crime
Thursday 24 April, 10am–5pm
With Alexandra Midal (historian of design, Paris)
Opening view Friday, 24 January, 5–8pm
Witte de With | Center for Contemporary Art
Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: € 6,00 Witte de With, € 9,00 Witte de With and Tent, € 3,50 discount