About Art Week

Art Week Copenhagen is an art festival that strengthens, gathers, and highlights Copenhagen’s art scene.

The festival was established in 2013 with a mission to highlight contemporary art and strengthen the capital’s art scene. Since then we have, in close cooperation with the city’s exhibition sites, strived to establish Copenhagen as a capital with high quality visual arts and plenty of room for both big and small, the niche and the broad.

The art week is divided into two programmes aimed towards professionals and audience. With our professional programme we organise seminars and talks and develop networks that cross borders as well as professions. In our audience programme we set the scene for new encounters with art and encourage everyone to go explore the pulsating and diversified Copenhagen art scene.

All of our activities are created in collaboration with approximately 60 exhibition sites that make out the core of Art Week Copenhagen. We create the setting, while they add most of the content to a programme brimming with exhibitions, openings, performances, concerts, debates, art tours, activities for professionals and much, much more.

Together we strive to create different and inviting art experiences for everyone – for artists, the business, art enthusiasts, as well as the general public.

What our collaborators say

“We have been happy to participate in Art Week Copenhagen 2019. This year’s programme has offered an abundance of experiences that bring galleries, institutions, business professionals, and audience closer together, and has emphasised the fact that only together can we create a vibrant art scene. It seems that Art Week has by now grown the wings needed to really take off for the coming years, and that is joyous for both Copenhagen and the art scene.”
– Gitte Johannesen from the gallery SPECTA about their participation Art Week 2019.

“This year’s Art Week started and ended at Copenhagen Contemporary, where you could find a party, performance art, guided tours, and collaborations during the week. The art week in Copenhagen creates a unique possibility for artists, institutions, and guests to meet each other, and we’re thrilled, in collaboration with Art Week Copenhagen, to have played a vital part in many of these meetings.”
– Marie Nipper from Copenhagen Contemporary about their collaboration with Art Week Copenhagen in 2019.

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In our audience programme you can find events and exhibitions from the big institutions as well as the small exhibition sites. Photo: Christian Brems.
In our audience programme you can find events and exhibitions from the big institutions as well as the small exhibition sites. Photo: Christian Brems.

 

As part of our professional programme in 2019, 50 Danish artists met 25 international curators for a portfolio review in 2019 at Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand. Photo: Frederikke Lind Larsen.
As part of our professional programme in 2019, 50 Danish artists met 25 international curators for a portfolio review in 2019 at Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand. Photo: Frederikke Lind Larsen.

 

In an attempt to create different encounters with art, Art Week each year invites the audience to participate in a number of art tours. We have, for instance, hosted gallery walks to the city’s diverse gallery scene. Photo: Christian Brems.
In an attempt to create different encounters with art, Art Week each year invites the audience to participate in a number of art tours. We have, for instance, hosted gallery walks to the city’s diverse gallery scene. Photo: Christian Brems.

 

In collaboration with different institutions, we strive to integrate art in the city’s infrastructure. In 2019 we, in cooperation with Copenhagen Contemporary and Glyptoteket, arranged a performative tour with artist Nanna Lysholt Hansen on one of the inner city bus lines. Photo: Christian Brems.
In collaboration with different institutions, we strive to integrate art in the city’s infrastructure. In 2019 we, in cooperation with Copenhagen Contemporary and Glyptoteket, arranged a performative tour with artist Nanna Lysholt Hansen on one of the inner city bus lines. Photo: Christian Brems.

 

During Art Week the city’s institutions host a number of art bars, where the audience can encounter art under special and relaxing circumstances. The tickets were sold out almost immediately when Nikolaj Kunsthal in 2019 opened their doors to an art bar with a performance by artist Andreas Emenius with music from Trentemøller and Henrik Vibskov. Photo: Christian Brems.
During Art Week, the city’s institutions host a number of art bars, where the audience can encounter art under special and relaxing circumstances. The tickets were sold out almost immediately when Nikolaj Kunsthal in 2019 opened their doors to an art bar with a performance by artist Andreas Emenius and music from Trentemøller and Henrik Vibskov. Photo: Christian Brems.

 

Together with partners we arrange a number of academic events each year. In collaboration with SMK – The National Gallery of Art, we hosted a seminar on performance art in 2019. Photo: Ingvar Mulvad.
During Art Week we celebrate Copenhagen’s gallery scene with Gallery Day&Night; a day filled with talks, openings, and new exhibition. Photo: Christian Brems.

 

 Together with partners we arrange a number of academic events each year. In collaboration with SMK – The National Gallery of Art, we hosted a seminar on performance art in 2019. Photo: Ingvar Mulvad.

Together with partners we arrange a number of academic events each year. In collaboration with SMK – The National Gallery of Art, we hosted a seminar on performance art in 2019. Photo: Ingvar Mulvad.

 

Every year we highlight our activities online and and in the streets of Copenhagen. With centrally placed banners and Art Week markers by the participating institutions we make the art week visual for visitors and Danish citizens. Photo: Jan Falk Borup.
Every year we highlight our activities online and and in the streets of Copenhagen. With centrally placed banners and Art Week markers by the participating institutions we make the art week visual for visitors and Danish citizens. Photo: Jan Falk Borup.

 

Art Week is supported by:

The Municipality of Copenhagen
Det Obelske Familiefond
The Bikuben Foundation
The Danish Arts Foundation
Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond
Augustinus Fonden
Beckett-Fonden
Rådet for Visuel Kunst
Christianshavn Lokaludvalg
Amager Vest Lokaludvalg
Indre By Lokaludvalg