H+F Fashion Award: Christophe Coppens at Platform 21
In 2007, the Belgian fashion designer Christophe Coppens was the first to receive the biennial H+F Fashion Award for his work on the cusp of fashion and art. The award led to the project No Reference, in which Coppens focuses on a couture accessory collection. On 21 November 2008 an installation will be opened at Platform 21 in Amsterdam. Coppens will then continue to work on his collection in the installation for another two months. On 18 January 2009, No Reference will be completed by the launch of a book which documents the entire working process.

No Reference at Platform 21

H+F Fashion Award: Christophe Coppens at Platform 21  

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.