To mark the birthday of brewer Carl Jacobsen, the founder of the New Carlsberg Foundation, on 2 March, the foundation annually hands out Danish art awards at a reception in the Assembly Hall at the Glyptotek.

With the art awards, the foundation celebrates individuals who make a special contribution to the Danish art and museum world. An award momentarily translates many years of hard and persistent effort into an event, here and now.

The New Carlsberg Foundation’s Award Event is an annual celebration of the Danish art scene. Appreciating and highlighting the achievements of artists and museum professionals over time benefits the Danish art scene at large, and the award events are thus a natural aspect of the Foundation’s work.

This year’s award recipients are:

Hanne Nielsen & Birgit Johnsen
The New Carlsberg Foundation’s Artist Grant of DKK 175,000

From board member Morten Kyndrup’s speech at the award ceremony:

‘Whenever Hanne & Birgit do something, they go all in. An early art video of the two artists shredding onions is emblematic of their work in many regards. A mundane act turns urgent. Forms a space that you didn’t see coming. It takes on a character that is both intense and radical. As well as fragile and sensuous.’

Peter Linde Busk
The New Carlsberg Foundation’s Artist Grant of DKK 175,000

From board member Stine Høholt’s speech at the award ceremony

‘Over the past 10 years, Peter Linde Busk has made his mark with a coherent artistic expression that is a result of his profound grasp of material properties and painstaking working processes. His works have great artistic substance by virtue of their multiple references to art history and literature but also a sense of lightness, life and irony intoned by unusual titles that condition our understanding of the works.’

Anne-Louise Sommer
Carl Jacobsen’s Museum Professional Grant of DKK 175,000

From board member Christine Buhl Andersen’s speech at the award ceremony:

‘With Anne-Louise Sommer at the helm, Designmuseum Danmark has assumed its rightful place in the Danish museum landscape. The professional profile has been strengthened. Considerable external funds have been secured for both exhibitions and building renovation activities. The number of visitors has increased fivefold. And together with the museum staff, Anne-Louise has created an impressive series of temporary exhibitions and a more contemporary presentation of the museum collection.’

Award recipients from previous years:

The New Carlsberg Foundation’s Artist Grant 

Carl Jacobsen’s Museum Professional Grant

The New Carlsberg Foundation's Honorary Grant