A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess
From October 19, 2013 until April 18, 2014, the World Chess Hall of Fame in Saint Louis, Missouri, US, will present A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess, an exhibition exploring the archetypes of a queen. In the game of chess, the queen is considered the most powerful, and often, the most unpredictable piece. A queen, both in chess and as an archetype, embodies tradition, yet possesses the creative freedom to redefine the rules established by a patriarchal system. Works from radical and experimental designers will be used to highlight the queen archetypes in fashion and identify relationships with the cultural collective unconscious and traditions of storytelling.

Coral Dress by Viktor & Rolf, from Han Nefkens H+F Collection, will be part of this exhibition. Rejina Pyo, winner of the Han Nefkens Fashion Award 2012, will also contribute to A Queen Within.

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A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess                              

The ArtAids foundation was set up in 2006 at Han Nefkens’ initiative. ArtAids fights AIDS with the power of art as its most important weapon. ArtAids invites leading artists to produce work that is inspired by AIDS and related problems. These works of art are used to raise the public’s consciousness and to encourage their involvement.

Fundació Han Nefkens

The Han Nefkens Foundation is a private non-profit organisation that was set up in Barcelona in 2009 with the aim of promoting the production of contemporary artworks. The mission is to stimulate artistic creation in Barcelona by offering international artists an opportunity to create artworks and interventions in the city, and to promote other fields of contemporary creation.


Han Nefkens started to collect art in 2000. The H+F Collection, named after himself and his partner Felipe, is in long-term loan to various museums in The Netherlands and abroad. Nowadays Han Nefkens is not only active as a collector but also as an initiator of international art projects, often in collaboration with museums and other art institutions.