collectorspace presents Pipilotti Rist’s video installation ‘Cinquante Fifty’ in Istanbul
Guest curated by Claudia Segura

From December 19, 2014 until February 14, 2015, collectorspace presents Cinquante Fifty from the Han Nefkens H+F Collection – the first artwork that Han Nefkens acquired for an institution.

Pipilotti Rist’s Cinquante Fifty (2000) is a video installation with dreamlike images and disorienting effects. Originally developed for a parking lot, the work creates an immersive experience with two pairs of identical videos projected into the corners of the room, enveloping the viewer. The soothing sound of a woman singing and the fleeting camera work create a liberating feel by challenging the viewer’s perspective. Rist evokes the desire for and possibility of escaping physical, emotional, and mental confinement.

Nefkens’ collecting practice centers on giving artworks as long term loans to public institutions, and more recently on commissioning works, setting up residencies, and establishing partnerships with museums. Nefkens argues that artworks ultimately belong to the public not to any one person, and sees the role of the collector as a 'midwife' in the creative process—someone who facilitates the artwork’s journey from the artist’s studio into the public domain.

Pipilotti Rist (b. Grabs, Switzerland, 1962) creates multimedia installations where painting, technology, music, and poetry fuse into the same space. Rist’s works have been exhibited widely at museums and festivals throughout Europe, Japan and the US, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the MoMA in New York, and Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam, as well as the biennials in São Paulo, Venice, Istanbul, the Caribbean and Santa Fe. In 2000 the Public Art Fund NY commission Open My Glade was shown on the screen in Times Square. Rist’s first feature-length film Pepperminta was premiered in September 2009.

Claudia Segura is an independent curator and researcher based in Bogota and Barcelona. She currently organizes research-led exhibitions, including the Biennial of the Frontiers, México (2015) and the 3rd Mardin Biennial, Turkey (2015). Recent curatorial projects include: Micro-actions of emergency, ADN Platform, Barcelona (2013-2014), Copy/Paste – Recodifying the gesture, Instituto Cervantes of London (2013), Atenció: Obres d’Art, Barcelona (2009-2011), and Like Tears in Rain with the support of Museu Serralves, Porto (2010).

Taksim – Gümüşsuyu Mahallesi
İnönü Caddesi No: 9c, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey

More information:

For 'Han Nefkens, Barcelona and Rotterdam', a video on the occasion of the exhibition, click here.
collectorspace presents Pipilotti Rist’s video installation ‘Cinquante Fifty’ in Istanbul                              

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.