English summary

The New Carlsberg Foundation was established by a Charter dated 20 January 1902 enacted by the brewer Carl Jacobsen and his wife Ottilia Jacobsen with the object of working to promote art in the founders' native land of Denmark.

Vilhelm Lundstrøm, Modelpicture, undated © Vilhelm Lundstrøm
Modelpicture, undated
Photo © Bent Ryberg

Board of Management

The Foundation is administered by a Board of Management of three members:

Karsten Ohrt, Chairman.

Morten Kyndrup, professor, dr. phil.

Christine Buhl Andersen

Applications and other correspondence requiring a decision on the part of the Board of Management should be addressed to the New Carlsberg Foundation Board of Management and not to any individual member of that Board.

Aims and Charter of foundation

The aim of the New Carlsberg Foundation is to support the New Carlsberg Glyptotek and other Danish art museums, to promote the study of art and art history and in general to develop and fulfil the appreciation of and need for art in Denmark.

The Foundation's income consists partly of the returns on investment in a capital fund (which amounted to DKK 320 million in 2008) and partly of a share in the annual proceeds from shares held in Carlsberg A/S.

The annual sum available for grants is approximately DKK 60 million.

The Charter of the New Carlsberg Foundation

How to apply for support from the New Carlsberg Foundation

A general rule is that applicants should familiarise themselves with the New Carlsberg Foundation Charter and/or the yearbooks (Årbøger) referred to on this page.

The New Carlsberg Foundation has no specifically approved form of application, and there is no stated last date for the submission of applications as applications are considered by the Board of Management as they arrive. Nor does the Foundation have any specific rules as to the form an application should take.

It is, however, expected that, as a minimum, an application for support should contain:

  • A comprehensive account of the object for which support is sought.
  • A clear introductory statement of the finances relating to the project.
  • A clear statement of the amount for which application is being made from the New Carlsberg Foundation.

E-mail applications are not accepted.

The following is a general summary of the area covered by the New Carlsberg Foundation:

The New Carlsberg Foundation provides support for the day-to-day running of the New Carlsberg Glyptotek, but not that of other museums.

The Foundation funds the expansion of the Glyptotek collections and, on application, provides support for the acquisition of art by other art museums both in Copenhagen and the provinces.

The Foundation regularly makes purchases of works by living Danish artists and donates works of art thus purchased to public institutions, schools, hospitals, public spaces and the like.

The Foundation provides support for art research, partly in the form of subventions for the publication of books on art and partly by means of grants to art historians to enable them to travel for the purpose of research.

The Foundation supports fine arts, applied arts, architecture and ornamental gardening, whereas cultural history, literature, music, cinema and theatre fall outside its purview.

Support cannot be given to decorative projects for which an artist has been appointed.

No reasons are given for the rejection of applications.


The New Carlsberg Foundation makes 3 awards for which application can not be made:

  • Carl Jacobsens Museumsmandslegat - The Carl Jacobsen Museologist Award
  • Ny Carlsbergfondets Rejselegat - The New Carlsberg Foundation Travel Award
  • Knud W. Jensen Prisen - The Knud W. Jensen Award

Apart from The New Carlsberg Foundation Travel Award, support is not provided for artists' study tours.


The New Carlsberg Foundation is a specialised section of the Carlsberg Foundation. The annual report of the New Carlsberg Foundation accordingly forms part of the Carlsberg Foundation Yearbook.

In the section Årsskrifter you can see the New Carlsberg Foundation annual reports in PDF format from the year 2000 and up till now.

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