Silver Carnation for Han Nefkens (with filmed portrait)
On 23 June 2011 Han Nefkens received the Zilveren Anjer (Silver Carnation) 2011 from Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands for his role as a modern patron of the arts and fashion. The Zilveren Anjer is an award from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. It is awarded to people who, entirely voluntarily and unpaid, dedicate themselves to culture or nature conservation in the Netherlands or the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. Prince Bernhard and the trustees established the decoration in 1950 on the occasion of the tenth commemoration of Carnation Day and the tenth anniversary of the Fund. Prince Bernhard presented the Zilveren Anjer until his death. Her Majesty Queen Beatrix assumed this duty in 2005. The Zilveren Anjer is an honour, not a prize.

Watch the filmed portret of Han Nefkens made by Studio BBH

regie/edit: Stijn van der Loo
edit: Anne Hartog
camera: Deen van der Zaken
sound: Wouter Veldhuis

Silver Carnation for Han Nefkens (with filmed portrait)                              

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.