New partnership between Han Nefkens and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Charles LeDray, MENS SUITS, 2009, photo: Julian Abrams
Charles LeDray, MENS SUITS, 2009, photo: Julian Abrams

Press Release
10 January 2010

The writer and collector Han Nefkens has just announced an exciting new partnership with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The news was made public during Nefkens’ presentation of the H+F Fashion Award, which he established. The five-year partnership between H+F Fashion on the Edge and the museum will foster the H+F Fashion Award and enable commissions and acquisitions of works exploring the borders of fashion and art, and a major exhibition.

H+F Fashion on the Edge was established in 2005 with the aim of stimulating the dialogue between art and fashion through annual purchases that were exhibited at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. In recent years the foundation has developed an initiative that helps to realise challenging projects by a small group of internationally renowned fashion designers including Viktor & Rolf and Hussein Chalayan.

New talent
H+F Fashion on the Edge and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will work together from 2010 to 2015. Over this period a budget of 700,000.00 euros will be made available for exhibitions, commissions, acquisitions and interventions within the museum’s ongoing programme in order to realise the initiative’s aims. The biennial H+F fashion Award, which has been awarded to new and interesting talent since 2007 and which was recently presented to Charles LeDray, will continue as part of this new partnership. The award facilitates a specially commissioned project that will be given on long-term loan to the museum. In the years in which the prize is not awarded H+F Fashion on the Edge will sponsor an alternative commission for an installation to be exhibited at the museum.

Collection and exhibition
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has built up a modest yet fascinating collection of objects that explore the experimental zone between fashion and visual art. Over the next five years the H+F Fashion on the Edge project will enable the museum to acquire key pieces in this fertile area. The intention is to bring together the entire H+F Fashion on the Edge collection, part of which is currently housed in the Centraal Museum. The partnership with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will be crowned in 2015 with a major survey exhibition.

Han Nefkens has had a longstanding relationship with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Between 2004 and 2009 his partnership with the museum, H+F Patronage, enabled the museum to commission exciting contemporary art projects by Pipilotti Rist, Sylvie Zijlmans and Andro Wekua, and to acquire works by artists such as Olafur Eliasson.

 

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