The Vision Exhibition Award

The objective of the Vision Exhibition Award is to pave the way for reinventing exhibition formats to let art take centre stage. Every year we invite museums, art exhibition venues and other stakeholders within the field of exhibitions to enter the competition. The application round for the Vision Exhibition Award 2022 is open. Deadline 24 January.
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What is the most visionary exhibition in current time? We want to see that question elucidated – and to see actual, concrete answers. A jury of experts from relevant professional fields will assess all submissions while maintaining full confidentiality throughout. As it endeavours to select the best ideas, the jury focuses on aspects such as excellent presentation, groundbreaking formats and visionary subject matters. Three ideas will be selected for a second round in which each participant receives DKK 40,000 to further develop and elaborate on their ideas. Upon assessing these supplementary submissions, the jury will appoint the final winner. The winner will receive up to DKK 5 million to realise their idea. The winning idea must be exhibited in Denmark.

The Vision Exhibition Award

The Vision Exhibition Award represents a wish to look ahead, rewarding visionary proposals rather than past successes. In doing so, we pave the way for inventive exhibition formats that let art take centre stage.  

In 2020, we launched an evaluation of the Vision Exhibition Award. The purpose was to investigate whether the award stimulates new thinking of exhibitions. The evaluation was performed by the company White Cloud.

(in Danish only)

Here you can see, how three previous winners have created exhibitions, that have moved on the idea of what an exhibition can be – and how they have developed the way they work with art and exhibitions themselves (in danish only)
Frequently asked questions

Who can apply for the Vision Exhibition Award?

Museums, art venues, curators and other independent entities within the field of exhibitions can apply. We invite visionary ideas for exhibitions that take their point of departure in visual arts and have topical relevance.

What does the Vision Exhibition Award entail?

Winners will receive up to DKK 5 million towards realising their exhibition idea. In addition, the winner will be given  opportunity to receive advisory services on ongoing communication during the development of the concept.

When can I apply?

You can apply for the Vision Exhibition Award once a year. See application deadline further down the page.

How do I apply?

In the Bikuben Foundation's digital application system you upload your presentation in a pdf-file of max 2 pages, containing the following: 

  • Description of the idea as well as general info about the project's organization, possible partners, budget and schedule with expected time of the exhibition opening.
  • Name and contact information of the project manager
  • Name and contact information of other contact persons
  • Photos, links to films and audio that convey the idea can be inserted in the application. The film / sound recording must have a maximum duration of 3 min.

The overall budget is attached as an appendix.

Will my exhibition idea solely be realized with the funds I receive as the winner of the Vision Exhibition Award?

No, the winner of the Vision Exhibition Award receives up to DKK 5 million for the realization of the idea, but can very well have a budget that is larger and requires additional funding from others.

When will I know if I’ve made it through to the second round?

If you make it through to the second round, you will typically be notified end-Februay. You will then have eight weeks to develop a more detailed description of concept, budget, schedule, etc. You will also receive a reply if you haven’t progressed to the second round.

When is the winner announced?

The winner is usually announced in June.

The application round for the Vision Exhibition Award 2022 is open. Deadline 24 January.

Previous winners of the Vision Exhibition Award

2021 – Copenhagen Contemporary for the exhibition 'Yet, it Moves!.'

Yet, it Moves!

Yet, it Moves! er en visionær totalinstallation, der i et samspil mellem billedkunsten og videnskaben undersøger temaet bevægelse gennem video, performance og kunstinstallationer. Udstillingen udfolder sig gennem værkerne og gør os bevidste om de komplekse mønstre af bevægelse, vi alle er en del af.

Udstillingens inviterede internationale kunstnere vil undersøge bevægelse som allesteds-nærværende fænomen sammen med førende forskere fra Niels Bohr Instituttet, CERN - Det Europæiske Center for Højenergifysik og The UC Davis Digital Humanities Laboratory på University of California.

2020 – Kunsthal Rønnebæksholm for the exhibition 'Soil. Sickness. Society.'


Kunsthal Rønnebæksholm vinder med udstillingsideen Soil. Sickness. Society. Udstillingsprisen Vision 2020, idet udstillingen ifølge juryen rækker ud over en klassisk udstilling med et højaktuelt emne og en aktivistisk tilgang til at gøre kunsten til katalysator for sundhed og fællesskaber. Udstillingen vil på tværs af lokaliteter omkring Kunsthal Rønnebæksholm udforske ubalancer i forholdet mellem jord, menneske og samfund og vil med kunsten ikke blot dokumentere, men på aktivistisk vis støtte op om at helbrede psykisk mistrivsel og sygdom gennem kunsten. Udstillingsidéen har været undervejs længe, men temaerne synes i lyset af Corona-krisen mere relevante end nogensinde.

2019 – Kunsthal Aarhus for the exhibition 'Go Extreme'


Med ideen til udstillingen Go Extreme vinder kurator Peter Ole Pedersen og Kunsthal Aarhus Udstillingsprisen Vision 2019. Ekstremsport er et vildt og vidtfavnende univers, som både byder på dyb spiritualitet og dedikeret indlevelse, men også kamp og total udmattelse. Det handler om krop og sind, og hvad den menneskelige fysik er i stand til under ekstreme forhold og radikale udfordringer. Udstillingen Go Extreme tager afsæt, der hvor billedkunst og ekstremsport mødes, og ud over kunsthallen inddrages Aarhus’ byrum til publikums møder med blandt andet BASE jumping og Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

2018 – KUNSTEN Museum of Modern art in Aalborg for the exhibition 'Work it out!'


What potential does art and museums have in an era where all individuals are constantly faced by demands for self-optimisation, agility and robustness? This question forms the hub of the exhibition project Work it out!, which focuses on modern working life. As part of this project, KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art will invite local workplaces to enter the museum, becoming active parts of the exhibition, and will also move museum activities out into workplaces in Aalborg. The exhibition is scheduled to open in the autumn of 2020.

2017 – Esbjerg Art Museum for the exhibition concept 'Wunderkammer'


In most art exhibitions, visitors will find art arranged in accordance with various established principles from the field of art history – such as chronology or genre. But what happens to the visitors’ art experience when the art is arranged according to different principles? When they are organised based on the outlook of physicists, artists or biologist, forming part of a ‘wunderkammer’ in which works of art are just one part of a teeming wealth of objects and artefacts that usually belong to settings outside of art museums? Esbjerg Art Museum explores this issue with three Wunderkammer exhibitions, all of them based on visual arts from the 20th and 21st centuries. Extending across three years, the intention is to create three individual exhibitions that will eventually form the basis of a new format for displaying the museum’s own collection. The first exhibition in the series will open in the autumn of 2018.

2016 – Artist group Sisters Hope and Den Frie Udstillingsbygning for the exhibition 'Sisters Academy – The Boarding School'


The exhibition Sisters Academy – The Boarding School invited audiences to attend a boarding school where the school system’s conventional, knowledge-based approach to learning had been replaced by one focusing on aesthetics, poetry and sensuousness. Art installations, sound design and lighting design transformed Den Frie Udstillingsbygning into an alternative, immersive exhibition (and school) experience in which 20 performers made up the teaching staff. Visitors could only enter the school by enrolling as students for 24 hours at a time. Thus, their visit involved at least one overnight stay, sleeping in the school dormitory. The exhibition period was 19 September to 18 October 2017.

2015 – The Medical Museion for the exhibition project 'Mind the Gut'


Mind the Gut combines art, cultural heritage and the most recent biomedical research on how intestinal bacteria interact with the human brain. The exhibition places cutting-edge research and the most recent scientific discoveries within a wider cultural, historical and aesthetic context, thereby inviting critical reflection on how it all shapes and affects how we see ourselves as human beings. Opening on 6 October 2017, Mind the Gut is now part of the permanent display at the Medical Museion.

The jury

The Vision Exhibition Award jury assesses all submissions and decides who will be invited to submit a more detailed application in round two. The jury then makes it final ruling, appointing that year’s winner
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The jury of The Vision Exhibition Award 2021

  • Helga Just Christoffersen – Curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo NY.
  • Julian Juhlin – Set Designer
  • David Zahle – Architect and partner in BIG Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Gitte Ørskou – Director, Moderna Museet
  • Hannah Heilmann – artist, art historian and associate professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
  • Mette Marcus – Director, Bikubenfonden
  • Søren Kaare-Andersen – CEO, Bikubenfonden
Senior projektleder Peter Kirkhoff Eriksen
The Vision Exhibition Award
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Senior projektleder Peter Kirkhoff Eriksen
Peter is in charge of analyses, monitoring and the ongoing assessment with respect to the Bikuben Foundation's initiatives within the cultural area. For instance, Peter is advisor for the Vision Exhibition Award (Udstillingsprisen Vision). Peter's work areas moreover involve grants and the development of cultural initiatives.
The Vision salons

If you are interested in innovative artistic practice and the importance of art in society, we unfold the realm of visual arts in our Vision art salons where we discuss exhibition formats and current issues within the art field