Kunstinstituut Melly  is a contemporary art gallery located in a former school building on Witte de Withstraat, in Rotterdam , the Netherlands. The center was founded in It presents curated exhibitions, symposiums , live events, educational programs, and has a separate art literature publishing arm. On 7 September , the Centre announced it would change its name over a number of years to separate it from the Dutch naval agent, Witte de With and to recognise the negative impacts of colonialism. From 27 June onwards, the Centre entered a period of "namelessness", removing all branding, forming renaming committees and engaging online surveys and roundtables to decide on a new name to come into effect on 27 January The project formerly known as the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art was established in as a center for contemporary art with the mission of curating and exhibiting international art exhibitions. It is based in a former school building, sharing it with the TENT gallery. Witte de With celebrated its 25th anniversary in On 17 September , the center announced it would be changing its title because it was named after Witte de With , a Dutch naval officer who had worked for both the Dutch East India Company and the Dutch West India Company and therefore was associated with colonialism.
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In September, an external Advisory Committee examined the name suggestions and submitted its choices to a public review attended by over 70 individuals across three sessions. The new name will come into effect on January 27, The street on which the gallery is located still carries his name. Egbert Alejandro Martina, a Dutch cultural critic, was first to raise the demand to rename the art center in April of Martina challenged the organization for planning an art project on decolonization without addressing the colonial history of its namesake.
Hannah McGivern. The venue was rebranded last week as the Bristol Beacon after a campaign to change its name from Colston Hall, linked to the 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston. A statue of Colston was toppled by Black Lives Matter protesters in June and will be redisplayed in a city museum.
Witte Cornelis de With is the subject of heated debate. For centuries, he was seen as one of the greatest naval heroes in Dutch history. Today, though, we can also see the other side: the fact that his victories were built on oppression and colonial violence. Born in Den Briel, Witte de With made his name as vice-admiral of the Dutch fleet in the seventeenth century. At the age of sixteen, he was already sailing the world. Together with Piet Heyn, he captured the Spanish treasure-fleet in He was known as an extremely talented seaman, but also as an ambitious, jealous, quarrelsome and tough man. Whilst in the service of the Dutch West India Company, from , he led a military fleet to Brazil, then a Dutch colony threatened by the Portuguese. In , when De With was returning to the Republic, fleet and all, it was found that the provisioning of his ship to Brazil had been defective.