Update on ‘Decollecting’
Update on ‘Decollecting’

Annette Schemmel, the first winner of the H+F Curatorial Grant, started work at the FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais in October 2007. Schemmel’s project ‘Decollecting’ focuses on the subject of collecting as cultural practice. Since October, she has initiated an interdisciplinary reflection in Dunkerque, including perspectives from sociology, anthropology, psychanalysis, history and cultural science on the topic of collecting. Students, various collectors and art audiences gather for this purpose in several working groups with different orientations. In the summer 2008, the works of nine international artists discussing the collecting topic further will be presented to a broad public in Dunkerque, accompanied by lectures and discussions with diverse cultural producers and theoreticians. This project will result in a traveling show to be presented in international art spaces, joined by a publication.

The website of the FRAC regularly posts updates (in French) on ‘Decollecting’ as the project progresses.

FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais

Update on ‘Decollecting’  

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.