Han Nefkens, 10 Years of Patronage
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL 25 June / 16 October 2011
An exhibition about Han Nefkens’s first ten years as a patron of the arts. Over the last few years Han Nefkens has entered into collaborative ventures with a range of museums and arts organizations, both national and international, as a way of sharing his art collection with a wider public. The exhibition, created to accompany the publication of a full catalogue, uses video and other media to illustrate the importance of private patronage. Design: Milou van Ham with Steffen Maas. Curator: Sjarel Ex.

Two videos from the exhibition are presented by arttube, the video channel of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. See below.


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.