‘Laat je haar neer’ by Pipilotti Rist
To coincide with the successful exhibition Elixir: the video organism of Pipilotti Rist, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and H+F Patronage have commissioned Pipilotti Rist to create a permanent installation for the museum. The video installation entitled Laat je haar neer, a play on words that means both ‘let your hair down’ and ‘lay her down’, is constructed in the stairwell in the public foyer.

Visitors climb into a rope net in which they lie back and watch Pipilotti Rist’s latest video above them. The Laat je haar neer - initiation video is drifting between reason and dream, like the installation is floating between ground and sky. The installation will be five years on display in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

The video installation Laat je haar neer (Let Your Hair Down) will be opened on Saturday 4 July 2009 in the presence of Pipilotti Rist and H+F patron Han Nefkens. The opening coincides with the celebrations for the museum’s 160th anniversary with a range of activities and free entry all day.

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

Illustrated: Pipilotti Rist, Laat je
haar neer (Let Your Hair Down), installation in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 2009
photo: Ernst Moritz

‘Laat je haar neer’ by Pipilotti Rist  

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.