‘Setting the Scene’, an exhibition in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
What are the differences between design and the visual arts? And how far apart are they? Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is arranging a meeting between the two disciplines. The exhibition features seven scenes in which post-war design and visual arts are displayed with and alongside each other in an unconventional way. Including work from Stephen Prina, Ryan Gander, Walter van Beirendonck and Robert Wilson. And from Han Nefkens H+F Collection work from artists such as Daan van Golden (Heerenlux, see image), Dan Graham and Christophe Coppens is on show.

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In the ARTtube video below we see curators Noor Mertens and Annemartine van Kesteren discuss the exhibition.

‘Setting the Scene’, an exhibition in 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.