COVER at the AMC
In cooperation with the Academic Medical Centre (University of Amsterdam), ArtAids presents five series of photographs by Viviane Sassen and Martine Stig. The series, commissioned by ArtAids, present a kaleidoscopic image of five young women and their lives in Moscow. Adriana Bertini’s ‘condom dresses’ in the H+F Collection were the point of departure for Cover. ArtAids sells the photographs to support an Aids project in Thailand.

The exhibition will be opened on 24 March with a special event. Han Nefkens, founder and chairman of ArtAids, will give an introduction to ArtAids. Joep Lange, Professor of Medicine at the AMC and co director of HIV-NAT, will then illustrate the activities of HIV-NAT. Finally Meta Knol, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, will give an introduction to Cover. The event will be concluded with a talk between Viviane Sassen and Martine Stig and the three speakers, moderated by Andrea van Pol.

Cover will be displayed in the Brummelkamp Gallery of the Academic Medical Centre (University of Amsterdam) from 24 March until 5 May 2009. The photographs were exhibited earlier at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht on the occasion of World Aids Day (1 December).

AMC Brummelkamp Gallery

COVER at the AMC  

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.