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 event and the celebration are important for the award recipient. But it is also important for the art world as such, which demonstrates its vitality and strength by being able and willing to celebrate one of its own. Appreciating and highlighting individual achievements and getting together to celebrate these achievements is beneficial to us all, and the awards are therefore a natural part of the foundation’s activities.

This year’s award recipients are:


The New Carlsberg Foundation’s Artist Grant of DKK 100,000:
Anette Harboe Flensburg

The New Carlsberg Foundation’s Artist Grant of DKK 100,000:
Kaspar Bonnén

Carl Jacobsen’s Museum Professional Grant of DKK 150,000:
Claus Hagedorn-Olsen, Horsens Art Museum


From board member Morten Kyndrup’s speech at the award event:
Anette Harboe Flensburg’s paintings combine the impalpable qualities of a dream with a gaze that frames a moment in time with perfect precision, turning this gaze into our gaze. That is far from simple, whether in its impact or in the creative process, but she makes it look simple. And that is an outstanding accomplishment – and impressive in its insistent independence. Anette walks, and has always walked, her own path.’

From board member Stine Høholt’s speech at the award event:
‘We need artists like Kaspar Bonnén – an artist who never stops wondering about the nature of the world and his own place in it, but who also never doubts the role of art as an important generator of meaning. We celebrate Kaspar today for his ability to combine a restless collage strategy with an intense sense of intimacy. He demonstrates, time and again, that painting is not simply a space-generating process but a way to process our way of sensing and recollecting’

From Chairman of the Board Karsten Ohrt’s speech at the award event:
Claus Hagedorn-Olsen is recognized for an outstanding, persistent and sustained effort as head of Horsens Art Museum during the past 34 years. He has always placed art centre stage and believed in it, and he respects his audience without ever talking down to them. Claus has consistently followed some of our most important contemporary artists and has thus competently renewed the museum’s collection. Last, but not least, he has avoided being swept up in detrimental mergers and has unfailingly carried the banner for art, artists and art museums.’


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