Hatakeyama’s River Series / Shadow at De Pont
De Pont - Museum of Contemporary Art in Tilburg, The Netherlands - has again mounted one of its long-term loans from the Han Nefkens H+F Collection: the series of photos titled River Series / Shadow by Naoya Hatakeyama (Japan, 1958). ‘Shadow’ refers not only to the reflections on the water surface on these magnificent images, but also to William Henry Fox Talbot's 1839 invention of the negative-positive process of photography, which he called the art of fixing a shadow.
Hatakeyama’s River Series / Shadow at De Pont                              

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.