Jeff Wall - Children

Jeff Wall - Children, 1998, loan H+F Mecenaat Exhibition image ‘Han Nefkens - 10 Years of Patronage’, 2011, Photo; Lotte Stekelenburg

Press release

Jeff Wall - Children
until 1 January 2013

‘Children’ by photographer Jeff Wall was presented to Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in 2008 as promised gift by Han Nefkens. The installation is a collection of circular light boxes with photographs of children from different ethnic backgrounds. The museum has decided to exhibit this installation again and it can be found at the top of the Robbrecht Stairway.

The installation is a well known work by the Canadian artist Jeff Wall and one of the few works by him in the Netherlands. The pictures of nine different children were made in 1988. Originally the photographs were intended for a play school in the Rotterdam district of Ommoord, but unfortunately the project was shelved. In 2003 Han Nefkens aquired these pictures and in 2008 he decided to present the photographs on loan to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The work has been exhibited before in the museum; it featured, for example, in the retrospective Han Nefkens - 10 years as benefactor which was mounted in 2011.

H+F Mecenaat
The Stichting H+F Mecenaat [The H+F Patronage Foundation] was founded in 2005 as a unique collaboration between the art collector Han Nefkens and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, in which the two parties agreed to work exclusively together for five years. During that time, the foundation stimulated international contemporary art and artists and tried to attract new audiences for them. Many new works arose thanks to the foundation’s activities, and Han Nefkens has presented several of these to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen as promised gift or on perpetual loan. The H+F patronage is being continued in various ways. Three photographic works by Shirana Shahbazi and a film by Anri Sala and Sejla Kameric entitled 1395 Days without Red, were recently donated to the museum as promised gifts.

Han Nefkens Fashion Award
Since 2010, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has been the home of Fashion on the Edge, an initiative by Han Nefkens and José Teunissen. In the autumn of 2012, the museum will be mounting a presentation by fashion designer Rejina Pyo (Korea 1983). Pyo won the Han Nefkens Fashion Award 2012 and with it € 25,000.00.
The Han Nefkens Fashion Award was started in 2008 as part the initiative of H+F Fashion on the Edge. The initiative concentrates on designers who work on the cusp of fashion and art. The first winner of this prize was the Belgian designer Christophe Coppens with his installation No References. The winner in 2010, Charles LeDray, exhibited his installation MENS SUITS in the museum.