Pipilotti Rist. Friendly Game – Electronic Feelings
Fundació Joan Miró 8 July / 1 November 2010
Pipilotti Rist has prepared, for summer 2010, the exhibition Friendly Game - Electronic Feelings at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona and another at the Centre Cultural Caixa Girona-Fontana d'Or in Girona. Both exhibitions are sponsored by the Fundació Caixa Girona. Rist never ceases to surprise and provoke us with her artistic explorations that show us mental and aesthetic landscapes while penetrating the deepest level of the personal and collective consciousness, often straddling both in a forceful yet elusive way. With her audiovisual installations, Rist opens a window onto a strange world that ranges from the colourful, sensual fluidity of Sip My Ocean (1996) to an enveloping interaction with architectural spaces, as in Homo Sapiens Sapiens, projected onto the roof of the church of San Stae in Venice (2005). However, her work can also be bold and indeed shocking when she presents her own body as the medium for making categorical statements about the representations and perceptions of femininity, such as in the well known video from her early years, I'm Not The Girl Who Misses Much (1986) or the Times Square loop, Open My Glade (2000).

Video installation Double Light
Han Nefkens has provided support for the production of one of the new works that Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist is preparing for her forthcoming show, the video installation Double Light. When the exhibition ends, the piece will be included in the Foundation’s collection as a gift from Han Nefkens. In this video installation Rist brings up her personal relationship to
Joan Miró's work and also his important position in the art history of the 20th century. He is a kind of father figure, while at the same time she sees himself as her child. A large projection shines onto his
bronze sculpture Femme (1968) from the front and creates also a big shadow on the wall. A second smaller projection lights the sculpture from behind. The light beams of the projections are reflected by the amorphous surface of the sculpture, they seem to penetrate the figure, and melt with it. The machines are virtually invisible and incorporated into the base. In this constellation, the sculpture can later be
integrated in the permanent collection of Fundació Miró. The video contents are affectionate and simultaneously self-ironic.

Pipilotti Rist has shown her work in galleries and museums around the world, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and MoMA in New York, and latterly in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and the Kiasma Museum in Helsinki, both of which staged Elixir. She has recently completed her first full-length feature film, Pepperminta, which was premiered in Switzerland in September 2009.

Fundació Joan Miró

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.