Olafur Eliasson – Notion Motion
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen 22 May / 17 October 2010
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents the monumental installation Notion Motion (2005) by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Notion Motion was developed specially for Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and was donated to the museum in 2005 by H+F Patronage, founded by the writer and collector, Han Nefkens. The 1500m2 installation is made up almost entirely of ripples of water reflected in light The 1500m2 installation is made up almost entirely of ripples of water reflected in light, in which Eliasson visualizes light waves.

Notion Motion by Olafur Eliasson consists of three installations that explore the interaction between water, light and the viewer. Eliasson has created an enchanting work with simple means. He immerses the viewer in a simple and minimal yet overwhelming visual experience created by the interplay of light and water.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen exhibited the installation Notion Motion for the first time in 2005 to enthusiastic responses from the public and press. This summer provides another opportunity to see this monumental installation in the museum’s large exhibition spaces.

Natural Phenomena
Over the past fifteen years Eliasson has built up an impressive body of work consisting of rainbows, sunsets, waterfalls, aromatic walls, mist, beams of light and periscopes. He is considered one of the most important artists of his generation. Since 1995 he has had exhibitions in the world’s leading museums, including his highly acclaimed huge yellow ‘sun’ at Tate Modern in 2003. More recent Eliasson created four man-made waterfalls of monumental scale on the shores of the New York waterfront.

Olafur Eliasson, Notion Motion, 2005, donation: H+F Patronage 2005, material: wood, rubber, lamps, water, 3240 x 1034 cm (L x B)
Photos: Hans Wilschut, Bob Goedewaagen

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.