Rejina Pyo ‘Structural Mode’
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL 29 September 2012 / 17 February 2013
This autumn Rejina Pyo, winner of the Han Nefkens Fashion Award 2012, will present her work in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. From 29 September Pyo’s collection ‘Structural Mode’ will be on view in the Willem van der Vorm gallery and in the Richard Serra Room.

Rejina Pyo

Rejina Pyo is a Korean born fashion designer based in London. Immediately after graduating from her MA Fashion at Central Saint Martins she was taken on by Roksanda Ilincic to work at her eponymous label as first assistant designer. She also collaborated with the H&M owned 'Weekday', creating a range of designs based on her MA collection that are sold across Europe in their chain of stores.

London Fashion Week

Inspired by modern art and architecture, Rejina Pyo created a stand out collection for her Central Saint Martins MA show at London Fashion Week. Her use of wooden sculptures together with fluid dresses created a beautifully idiosyncratic mood that captured the attention of the fashion press. It also captured the attention of Vassilis Zidianakis from ATOPOS CVC who curated the 'ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion' exhibition, hosted at the Benaki Museum in Athens, where Pyo's collection was presented as part of this exhibition.

Structural Mode

Rejina Pyo's newly commissioned work for Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen focuses on her long time study of fashion and art and is entitled 'Structural Mode'. It is another statement collection working on the boundary between wearable garments and art works, fusing together elements of fashion and sculpture. Curator of the exhibition is José Teunissen.

Design in Boijmans

This exhibition is part of the ‘Design in Boijmans’ programme. This summer design has been spotlighted in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. With the renewed arrangement of the museum collection and several design exhibitions, in 2012 a lot of attention is paid to design in the museum.

Photo of Rejina Pyo and Han Nefkens by Diana Monkhorst.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

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.