The New Carlsberg Foundation regularly acquires works by Danish and foreign artists.

You can search the foundation’s works database here: . In order to see only the works that are available, type the word ‘disponibelt’ in the search field.

Who can apply?

Danish museums can apply for donations of artworks from the foundation’s own holdings. And museums outside of Denmark can apply for donations of artworks by Danish artists from the foundation’s own holdings.

Application deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For specific deadlines, see under ‘Deadlines and meetings’.

Application process

  1. An application for support is submitted through the foundation’s online application system.
  2. The New Carlsberg Foundation’s board assesses the applications received. The applications are either approved (yielding partial or full support) or declined.
  3. The applicant receives notification of the result through the foundation’s online application system. Expect a processing time of a few weeks after the board meeting.


The New Carlsberg Foundation puts emphasis on the following aspects:

  • The application must concern one or more important works that make a significant and relevant contribution to the museum’s collection.

What does the grant cover?

Applicants can apply for a donation of works of art purchased by the foundation. The foundation also covers the expenses for any necessary conservation work required prior to the handover.

The foundation does not support costs for shipping and insurance in connection with the handover, either in Denmark or abroad.

The application must contain:

  • A statement describing how the work would contribute to the museum’s collection and how it is aligned with the museum’s acquisition policy, extending to a total of no more than two standard pages of 2,400 characters with spaces.
  • Details on the work of art (artist, title, year, materials, dimensions).
  • If multiple works are applied for at once, provide a list ranking them in order of priority.

Any additional material attached to the application will not be included in the assessment.

Further inquiries

For additional information, please contact the New Carlsberg Foundation’s secretariat at or (+45) 33 11 37 65.