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“The joy of sharing a feeling is something you don’t get from a Ferrari”

NÚRIA ESCUR Han Nefkens, the founder of ArtAids, an organisation set up to raise awareness about HIV, interviewed in the office of the Fundació Suñol where the Perfect Lovers exhibition is currently on show. He was 33 and working as a radio journalist in Mexico when he was told he was HIV positive. Life [...]

The art of living in the time of aids, October 2014

The exhibitions goes throught the different ways artists react to aids. Written by Teresa Sesé for La Vanguardia.

“Art cures loneliness and helps us through the tough times” – EL Periódico 19/5/2014

“Art cures loneliness and helps us through the tough times” By Olga Merino Han Nefkens (Rotterdam, 1954) is a writer, collector, philanthropist and, above all, a man with a fighting spirit. For the past six years he has been living in Barcelona, where he channels his patronage through two foundations: ArtAids and one that carries his name [...]

Han Nefkens donates a work by Lawrence Weiner to the city of Barcelona – La Vanguardia 12/3/2014

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 – Culture Section – La Vanguardia Han Nefkens donates a work by Lawrence Weiner to the city of Barcelona The piece is a sculpture about tolerance, located at Mercat Santa Caterina Teresa Sesé Barcelona Han Nefkens (Rotterdam, 1954) is one of the very small group of collectors who don’t see art as a passive object of [...]

La Vanguardia-4/3/2013

Lawrence Weiner, the father of conceptual art; in Barcelona to present a new sculpture I’m 71 years old: we fought for civil rights, against discrimination. Today only the rich fight for the right to get richer. I was born in the Bronx, but I went to an excellent public school. No pixel rules any other pixel [...]

EL PAÍS SEMANAL – 15/04/2012

The Art Collector who Socialises Art Han Nefkens is an atypical, ‘socialising’ collector. He doesn’t stockpile artworks; he lends them to museums Out of his fight against AIDS and the aphasia that paralysed him, a totally new man was born Jesús Ruiz Mantilla It isn’t difficult to find wandering Dutchman Han Nefkens. One sea is his constant [...]

Bangkok Post / Brunch Magazine – Exhibition pulls hiv positive out of their lonely plight

Brunch Magazine, April 2012, Vol.5 No.14 Exhibition pulls hiv positive out of their lonely plight Following a battle with a deadly Aids-related brain infection a Dutch art enthusiast found ‘power in vulnerability’, commissioning and collecting works that deal with the deadly disease, pieces currently on show in Bangkok In 2001, an Aids-related brain infection forced Han Nefkens to [...]

“A collection is a private passion that benefits the public” – El Cultural

EL CULTURAL 17-II-2012 Han Nefkens “A collection is a private passion that benefits the public” “The lack of Spanish artists in my collection reflects a similar lack on the international scene: they were rare at the fairs and galleries that I frequented as a buyer.” He is one of Europe’s foremost collectors, he collaborates with the Museum Boijmans [...]

YOU ARE NOT ALONE – FUNDACIÓ JOAN MIRÓ

182 Art In America November 2011 BARCELONA “YOU ARE NOT ALONE” MIRÓ FOUNDATION “You Are Not Alone” is a group exhibition organized by ArtAids, a private foundation that invites leading international artists to produce work dealing with AIDS. In Barcelona, the show consisted of work by 15 artists (almost all based in Europe) and included nine new commissions, with [...]

El MARCO de Vigo alza la voz contra el estigma del sida con “You Are not Alone”

Faro de Vigo 22/10/2011 MARCO, Vigo, Speaks Out Against the Stigma of AIDS with You Are Not Alone The ArtAids Foundation presents an exhibition on this illness seen through the eyes of 18 international artists ÁGATHA DE SANTOS – VIGO Yesterday, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo (MARCO) embarked on its particular battle against the stigma of AIDS [...]