Han Nefkens Foundation

‘Connecting people through art.’ This is the mission of the Han Nefkens Foundation. It achieves this on an international scale by supporting emerging and mid-career artists. This is done both by financing the production of new works and providing an international platform. The foundation’s related activities encompass awards, exhibitions, scholarships and residencies in multidisciplinary areas including the visual arts, fashion and literature. The candidates for the awards and events are nominated through a global network of experts. The Han Nefkens Foundation is dedicated to leveraging its activities to give outstanding emerging artists, designers and writers the opportunity to develop their work in a global context.

Han Nefkens H+F Collection

Writer and collector Han Nefkens purchases international contemporary art with the express purpose of giving it to museums on long-term loan. ‘For me it’s about much, much more than owning a work of art: it’s about sharing a vision with other people.’ Han Nefkens first joined forces with the Centraal Museum in Utrecht in 1999, while searching for a way to make his collection accessible to a wider public. Within a short period of time the museum was given works by Bill Viola, Tony Oursler and Pipilotti Rist on long-term loan. Later acquisitions were to follow, including work by Shirin Neshat, Sam Taylor-Wood, Thomas Rentmeister, Dan Graham and Diana Thater.

In addition to the Centraal Museum, from 2000 onwards Nefkens also granted works of art on long-term loan to the Folkwang Museum in Essen, De Pont Museum for Contemporary Art in Tilburg, Huis Marseille Museum for Photography in Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Museum Het Domein in Sittard and the FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais in Dunkirk. Most loans will be left with their respective museums as bequests. Since 2005 Nefkens has mainly bought works intended for specific exhibitions and other projects.


Fashion on the Edge becomes TFOFIN:

Han Nefkens Fashion on the Edge, an initiative from Han Nefkens and José Teunissen in collaboration with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, focuses on the edge of fashion and the visual arts. Han Nefkens Fashion on the Edge was set up in 2006 and has since invested in the development of dresses and installations by Viktor & Rolf, Hussein Chalayan and many others. As part of the Han Nefkens H+F Collection, these pieces have been given to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen on long-term loan. In 2015 Han Nefkens and José Teunissen decided to continue the activities –commissions, awards and exhibition­– under a new name: The Future of Fashion is Now. Their plans from now until 2019 include a two-yearly Fashion Award, several commissions in collaboration with new partners and a new exhibition at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen to be launched in 2019.