The Last Word by Shirin Neshat in Maasmechelen, Belgium, 25 August / 30 September 2012
The main program of Manifesta 9, this year in the former mining site in Waterschei / Genk, Belgium, is reinforced by a parallel program with by Manifesta selected art events in the wider region. GARTENCITY #1 is such a parallel program and is also the start of a collaboration between Museum Het Domein Sittard (Netherlands) and Cultuurcentrum Maasmechelen (Belgium). GARTENCITY #1 presents the collection of Museum Het Domein in the historical context of the garden city of Eisden Maasmechelen. At five locations in the garden work is shown of artists including: Sarah Vanagt, Fiona Tan, Oyvind Fahlström, Edward Lipski, Jimmie Durham, Allora/Calzadilla, Ed Templeton, Tahon, Hans Op de Beeck, Florentine Hofman, Zhang Huan, Jan Fabre, Honoré d’O and Koen van den Broek. The H+F Collection is represented by the video ‘The last word’ from Shirin Neshat.



25 August / 30 September 2012 – CC MAASMECHELEN & OP LOCATIE

Wednesday till Sunday, 10.00 - 18.00.
The Last Word by Shirin Neshat in Maasmechelen, Belgium, 25 August / 30 September 2012                              

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.