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Han Nefkens donates a work by Pipilotti Rist to the Fundació Joan Miró
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The Barcelona-based Dutch writer and collector Han Nefkens (56) has donated a work by the Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist to the Fundació Joan Miró. The work, Double Light, will become part of the museum’s permanent collection, housed on Barcelona’s Montjuïc.

‘When you share, you are not alone’, says the writer and collector Han Nefkens (Rotterdam, 1954), who has donated Double Light to the Fundació Joan Miró. The work was made specially for Pipilotti Rist’s exhibition this July to celebrate her receipt of the second Joan Miró Prize. Double Light consists of a series of projections against the backdrop of a reproduction of Joan Miró’s sculpture Femme (1968), which is in the museum’s collection. The work expresses Rist’s admiration for Miró with her idiosyncratic visual language.

This is the first time that Han Nefkens has donated a work of art to a Spanish museum. Many of the works in his collection have been given on long-term loan to several museums in the Netherlands, including the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art in Tilburg, Huis Marseille in Amsterdam, and the FRAC Nord – Pas de Calais in Dunkirk. ‘For me, more important than owning a work is to be able to share the experience of looking at it with others’, says Nefkens, who has also established ArtAids, a foundation that fights AIDS by producing art works about the disease.

Nefken’s donation of a work by Pipilotti Rist to the Fundació Joan Miró continues his longstanding relationship with the Swiss artist. The first work he acquired for his collection in 2001 was an installation by Rist. The exhibition, Pipilotti Rist. Friendly Game – Electronic Feelings, which opens on 8 July, promises to be one of the most important exhibitions of the artistic season.

Han Nefkens donates a work by Pipilotti Rist to the Fundació Joan Miró

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.