‘NEW GENERATION’, exhibition at the Frac Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkirk, France 17.05.14 – 31.12.14
In this exhibition, curated by director Hilde Teerlinck, several works from Han Nefkens H+F Collection are on show. Among them work by Adel Abdessemed, Gerald van der Kaap, Elina Brotherus, Victor Boullet and Martine Stig.

Construction, dissolution, disconnection and reconnection of identities, emancipation, independence. The implicit postulates of adolescence are tottering. Unable to put a singular case in the plural, a typology cannot exist if a vision of dissimilar beings is not furnished. The artists presented here endeavour to express this situation. Their work brings out the rituals, roles and life paths of the members of this generation. This taking stock of their reality offers in addition specific and subjective perceptions by a section of society, the New Generation.

The exhibition is made up of four parts: Music, Rebellion, Fashion and Passions. The first, devoted to the influence of music, sees the way teenagers wear their musical tastes on their sleeve as a vector of their identity. The second theme underscores how adolescence is associated with concepts of violence and revolution (sexual, ideological, political, etc.). The desire to define certain positions and to champion them and forms of oppression which encourage rebellion are some of the sources of the tensions at play. Opening up to fashion also is not without significance. Adolescents prefer to wear a garment whose ornamentation functions as a sign of recognition. Finally, the last theme examines adolescents’ particular conception of the world and the relations it establishes between macrocosm and microcosm in human society. Teenagers’ relations with their bodies and minds take various forms: self-destruction, exclusion, stigmatisation, emotional repression, rebirth and self-liberation.

This exhibition consists of a selection of works from the Frac collection. This selection, even as it supplies a historical grounding, makes it possible to come up with a new approach to the subject, demonstrating that Frac Nord-Pas de Calais is attentive to social, political, aesthetic and ethical questions. Visitors’ sensibility to various issues concerning the new generation is touched, giving rise to reflection, discussions and actions around this topic.

Other artists: Boris Achour, Emmanuelle Antille, Nina Beier, Bless, Angela Bulloch, Tom Burr, Anne Collier, Matali Crasset, Robert Doisneau, David Douard, Ruth Ewan, Jenny Gage, Ryan Gander, Georg Gatsas, Daiga Grantina, Ali Hanoon, Annika Von Hausswolff, Sarah Jones, Richard Kalvzar, Anna Klamroth, Klara Liden, Ken Lum, Helen Marten, Liza May Post, Ciprian Muresan, Arno Nollen, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, David Noonan, Elodie Pong, L.A. Raeven, Torbjørn Rødland, Collier Schorr, Hedi Slimane, Meredyth Sparks, Mika Tajima, Daan Van Golden, Erik Van Lieshout, Frederik Van Simaey, Mark Wallinger, Gillian Wearing, Stephen Willats, Margot Zanni.

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Photo: Elina BROTHERUS,
Der Wanderer 4, 2004
Colour chromogenic photograph, 105 x 119 cm
‘NEW GENERATION’, exhibition at the Frac Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkirk, France 17.05.14 – 31.12.14                              

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.