The Vision Exhibition Award
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 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.
Medicinsk Museion vandt Udstillingsprisen Vision 2015 med udstillingen Mind the Gut. Her kan du høre, hvordan de sætter vores hoved og mave under lup, og hvordan videnskaben, kulturhistorien og kunsten undersøger forbindelserne mellem vores hjerne og tarm og leger med vores forståelse af vores krop og identitet.
Sisters Hope og Den Frie vandt Udstillingsprisen Vision 2016 med udstillingen Sisters Academy – The Boarding School. Her kan du høre, hvordan de udfordrede en traditionel opfattelse af, hvad en udstilling er. Sisters Hope omdannede Den Frie til en sanselig kostskole og undersøgte, hvad det vil sige at have æstetik som styrende princip i stedet for økonomiske og politiske rationaler.
Esbjerg Kunstmuseum vandt Udstillingsprisen Vision 2017 med udstillingskonceptet Wunderkammer. Her kan du se, hvordan museet undersøgte, hvad det er for nogle fænomener, der får os til at åbne os for kunsten, hvad naturvidenskab og billedkunst har med hinanden at gøre, og hvordan de sammen kan give os et nyt blik på os selv og på verdenen.
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.
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.
You can apply for the Vision Exhibition Award once a year. See application deadline further down the page.
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.
If you make it through to the second round, you will typically be notified mid-January. 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.
The jury of The Vision Exhibition Award 2021
Jane Jin Kaisen - Visual artist and Professor ved the School of Media Art, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
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
Mette Marcus – Director, Bikubenfonden
Søren Kaare-Andersen – CEO, Bikubenfonden
Previous winners of the Vision Exhibition Award
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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