So Close/So Far Away (Sittard)
Museum Het Domein, Sittard, NL 28 June / 17 September 2008

Museum Het Domein, Sittard, NL
28 June > 17 September 2008 Following The Suspended Moment, this is the second travelling exhibition of works from the H+F Collection. It deals with the theme of globalization and the paradoxes which this process engenders within contemporary societies. So Close/So Far Away has been put together by Hilde Teerlinck (former director of the CRAC Alsace, now director of the FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais), in collaboration with Han Nefkens.

Curator Hilde Teerlinck about So Close/So Far Away:
‘The title chosen for this second part of the project, So Close/So Far Away, is a statement in itself and the art works have been chosen to portray the growing contradictions emerging from our contemporary societies. We have the impression that aeroplanes fly faster, thus reducing the distances separating countries and human beings. Our standard of living has increased over the last thirty years while air travel has become less expensive, thereby allowing many more people to go to places they were not able to visit previously. The Internet and other new technologies offer us the opportunity to be instantly connected with the most remote regions in the world. When we visit exotic countries we see children wearing the same kind of sports shoes or T-shirts as the kids in our own neighbourhood. Virtually everybody everywhere in the world has immediate access to brands like Coca-Cola or McDonald’s, and even the smallest town in Europe now has a Thai or Moroccan restaurant. Cultures seem to mingle. But do we know our fellow citizens in other countries better, now that we share the same taste in food and fashion? Does this exchange of habits and technological knowledge automatically make us feel closer to foreign cultures?

Of course, this exhibition does not hope to come up with an answer to such crucial questions but to evoke them in the works by important artists who have explored these issues. In order to establish a broader dialogue, the concept of the exhibition contemplates the possibility for the different venues to display additional works (from their own permanent collections or from private collections), thanks to which each presentation will acquire a specific, local character.’


So Close/So Far Away, a French-English-German-Dutch catalogue with texts by Hilde Teerlinck, Han Nefkens, Michele Robecchi, Professor Quin Jian, Brian Curtin, Pascale Saarbach and Laura Zozlik.
ISBN: 2-911660-16-1
€ 25,00
The book can be ordered through the CRAC Alsace.

So Close/So Far Away originated in the CRAC Alsace in Altkirch (FR) in 2007. After that, it travelled to Be-Part in Waregem (B). The last venue is Museum Het Domein in Sittard (NL).
Each location showed a different choice of works, and Het Domein has integrated the exhibition with works from its own collection.

CRAC Alsace
Museum Het Domein

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.