The Vision Exhibition Award

The objective of the Vision Exhibition Award is to pave the way for reinventing exhibition formats that let art take centre stage. Every year we invite museums, art exhibition venues and other stakeholders within the field of exhibitions to take part in the competition. Application deadline is 5 December 2018
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What is a 'good' exhibition? We want to see that question elucidated – and to see actual, concrete answers. A jury consisting of experts from relevant professional fields will assess all submissions while maintaining full confidentiality throughout. As they endeavour to select the best ideas, the jury focuses on aspects such as excellent presentation, groundbreaking formats and visionary subject matter. Three to five ideas will be selected for a second round in which each participant receives DKK 20,000 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 enable them to realise their idea.

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.  

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Frequently asked questions

Who can apply for the Vision Exhibition Award?

Museums, art venues and other agents 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.

When can I apply?

You can apply for the Vision Exhibition Award once a year. Applications are accepted from late December. For exact dates, check this website or our Facebook page for announcements on when the window for applications opens.

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 usually be notified of this in mid-January. At that point, you must set aside time to prepare a more detailed description of your concept, budget, time frame 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 late February/early March.

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 2019 jury is: 

  • Helga Just Christoffersen – associate curator at New Museum, New York
  • Julian Juhlin – scenographer
  • David Zahle – architect and partner in BIG Bjarke Ingels Group 
  • Malene Vest Hansen – associate professor of art history, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen
  • Jacob Wamberg – professor, dr.phil. in art history, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University
  • Mette Marcus – Head of Culture, the Bikuben Foundation
  • Søren Kaare-Andersen – CEO, the Bikuben Foundation

Previous winners of
the Vision Exhibition Award

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.

Vision Salons

Our Vision scheme is more than just an exhibition award. Several times a year, we unfold the realm of visual arts in salons where we discuss exhibition formats and current issues within the art field
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 project manager for the Vision Exhibition Award (Udstillingsprisen Vision). Peter's work areas moreover involve grants and the development of cultural initiatives.
How to take part

We now invite applications for the 2019 Vision Exhibition Award. In order to qualify for this award, you must present an innovative exhibition idea that is rooted in the visual arts and has contemporary relevance.

Send an application – maximum two A4 pages in total – which includes the following information:
Idea/concept, visuals (if applicable), overall information about the project’s organisation and partners, a PR/communication plan, an overall schedule including the date of opening and contact details. Also include a budget. The budget can be submitted as a separate document in addition to the two-page application.

Application deadline is 5 December 2018.