May 12, 2011 - Kunstinstituut Melly - The End of Money and To Tell The Truth
May 12, 2011

The End of Money and To Tell The Truth

Tomas Saraceno, “Endless Big,” 2006.
C-print, 180 x 120 cm.
Courtesy of the artist & Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen.

The End of Money and To Tell The Truth

Center for Contemporary Art
Witte de Withstraat 50
3012 BR Rotterdam
The Netherlands

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Witte de With is pleased to present two events in May: The opening of the group exhibition The End of Money and the first two lectures in the series To Tell The Truth.

Group exhibition
22 May–7 August 2011

Saturday 21 May 2011 (6 to 9 pm)
Performance by Goldin+Senneby at 7 pm

Film Screening
Sunday 26 June 2011 (12 to 6 pm)

The End of Money is a group exhibition about time and value. Bringing together works by a host of international artists, this exhibition reflects upon the fears, hopes, and expectations associated with the end of money and its ominous consequence: the dissolution of an absolute standard of value.

What limits does the economy impose on our collective imagination, and how is the collective imagination responsible for the current economy? The End of Money focuses on the multiple relationships that could and those that should exist between culture and economy. Informing this curatorial project is the utopian notion that, in a world without money, a world where money has been factored out of the collective memory, other suppressed forms of value may emerge, leading to another social bond and a different relationship to time.

The works included in The End of Money range from reflections on the arbitrary ways in which value is ascribed to things, to explorations of the absolute loss of representative value. Some of the featured works highlight time, which is a persistent corollary of money in our efficiency-obsessed culture.

Alexander Apostol; Pierre Bismuth; Peter Fischli & David Weiss; Zachary Formwalt; Goldin+Senneby; Hadley+Maxwell; Toril Johannessen; Vishal Jugdeo; Agnieszka Kurant; Matts Leiderstam; Maha Maamoun; Christodoulos Panayiotou; Lili Reynaud-Dewar; Tomas Saraceno; Tonel; Vangelis Vlahos; and Lawrence Weiner.

Curated by
Juan A. Gaitán; assisted by Amira Gad.

To accompany the exhibition, a digital publication will be made available for free download via in July 2011 and will feature texts by: Dessislava Dimova, Donatien Grau, Dieter Roelstraete, and Carolina Sanin.

• Every Wednesday and Sunday, 3 pm: tours for individuals in English or Dutch. Free excluding exhibition entry price. No reservation necessary.
• Tours are available for groups of 10 to 15 people.

Witte de With Education offers “art confrontations,” interactive tours for schools and universities.

Supported by
OCA, Pro Helvetia: Swiss Arts Council, Cypriot Ministry of Education & Culture. With thanks to the Fonds BKVB.

Also at Witte de With:


On two Wednesday evenings in May, members of Witte de With’s programming team will set forth their ideas about cultural politics and the public role of Witte de With.

The lectures will be broadcast live via Witte de With’s ustream channel.

Wednesday 18 May, 7 pm
by Nicolaus Schafhausen – Director of Witte de With

Wednesday 25 May, 7 pm
by Monika Szewczyk – Witte de With’s Head of Publications

To Tell The Truth will continue in the fall with lectures by the curatorial team: “What is Right and What is Left” by Juan A. Gaitan, Upstairs, Downstairs by Zoe Gray and “Please” by Anne-Claire Schmitz.

Location: Auditorium, Witte de With
Language: English
Entry: Free.

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