The Marseillaise / fifteen years of collecting, an exhibition at Huis Marseille
With the exhibition 'The Marseillaise / fifteen years of collecting', September 13 / December 7, 2014, Els Barents will be stepping down as the director of Huis Marseille, museum for photography in Amsterdam. From 1999 onwards she has been responsible for putting Amsterdam’s privately financed museum for photography firmly on the map, both at home and abroad.

Huis Marseille: "The heart of the exhibition is formed by five photographers with whom Huis Marseille collaborated on multiple occasions in the recent past: Valérie Belin, Jacqueline Hassink, Naoya Hatakeyama, Sarah Jones and Rob Nypels. They have each been invited to curate a gallery with their own work and combine topicality with earlier purchases by Huis Marseille. In this way, their own personal, artistic growth in the past fifteen years becomes visible." The work of Rob Nypels is partly the result of a commission by Han Nefkens from a few years ago.

Alongside these five solo presentations, a number of galleries have been installed by Els Barents and Rob Nypels with a selection of collected works.

Works from the Han Nefkens H+F Collection - in long-term loan at Huis Marseille - are well represented in the exhibition, including work by David Goldblatt, Jörg Sasse and Luisa Lambri. In the garden house, the two beautiful pictures of Carmela García from this collection are on display.

Image: Still Life with Dish, 2014 – Valérie Belin
The Marseillaise / fifteen years of collecting, an exhibition at Huis Marseille                              

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.