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Novo Nordisk Foundation awards grants of DKK 26.5 million for research on art and art history

28 Mar
2019

Paintings in gold, corpses as aesthetic material in contemporary art, mechanical sculptures of Jesus from the Middle Ages and the significance of the French Art Exhibition in Copenhagen in 1888. These are examples of the topics of the 19 projects receiving a grant in the art field from the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

The Foundation has awarded grants totalling DKK 26.5 million for nine Mads Øvlisen PhD scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships, two Investigator Grants, one visiting professorship and seven projects on art history research.

The Foundation received 101 applications for grants covering art research and projects. While all the applications were of high quality, the topics ranged widely. At SMK – the National Gallery of Denmark, a researcher will examine Anna Ancher’s work in a broader context than Skagen, whereas a PhD project at the University of Copenhagen will investigate the destruction of art works by Islamic State from a historical perspective.

”The Novo Nordisk Foundation’s art field aims to support research on art and art history in Denmark. We look forward to seeing the many high-quality projects being developed over the coming years and to being inspired by the curiosity of the art researchers and their ability to create new perspectives,” says Berith Bjørnholm, Senior Programme Manager, Novo Nordisk Foundation.

The Foundation’s art research grants primarily focus on art history research but also include projects that link art and science. An example of this is a postdoctoral project that will examine the relationships between art, science and religion in medieval depictions of the heavens.

The Foundation’s art field supports art and art history research through PhD scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships, Investigator Grants for experienced and talented researchers, visiting professorships and project grants for art history research. The Foundation has supported this field since 1979, and the Foundation’s Committee on Art and Art History Research comprises renowned art researchers from Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

The next application round is expected to open in November 2019.

The grant recipients:

Project grants on art and art history research
Marina Vidas, Senior Researcher, SMK – National Gallery of Denmark, DKK 299,941
Paintings in Gold: Sight, Reflection and Experience, 1320–1440

Peter Nørgaard Larsen, Senior researcher and Chief Curator, SMK – National Gallery of Denmark), DKK 301,839
Anna Ancher – Out of Skagen and Into the World

Jan Zahle, Senior Researcher, Aarhus University Press, DKK 100,000
Thorvaldsen and His Plaster Casts from the Antique and the Early Modern Period: The Roman Plaster Cast Market 1750–1840

Carsten Thau, Professor, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, DKK 466,200
Transparency in Modern Art and Architecture

Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen, DKK 104,750
La métamorphose de l’art contemporain: Translation and Publication of a Collection of Essays on Contemporary Art in French

Patrick Kragelund, Art Historian, Society for Danish Language and Literature, DKK 477,270
The Art and Architecture historical Consequences of Christian IV’s visit to England in 1606: With Publication of an English Translation of a Previously Overlooked Diary from the Visit

Hanne Kolind Poulsen, Senior Research Curator, SMK – National Gallery of Denmark), DKK 250,000
Seduction Art – Piranesi’s Etchings and the Defenceless Observer

Investigator Grant in art history research
Anne Ring Petersen, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen, DKK 4,000,000
Togetherness in Difference: Reimagining Identities, Communities and Histories through Art

Hans Henrik Lohfert Jørgensen, Associate Professor, Aarhus University, DKK 3,999,821
Bleeding Images and Visual Animation: Jesus Automata, Action Figures and Mechanical Sculptures in the Late Middle Ages in Danish and Scandinavian Visual Media

Mads Øvlisen PhD scholarship for art history research before 1900
Terne Thorsen, University of Copenhagen, DKK 2,000,000
Breaking and Creating – the Contemporary Iconoclasm of Islamic State

Mads Øvlisen PhD scholarship for art history research after 1900
Jacob Bach Riis, Art Historian, Aarhus University, DKK 1,893,359
The Life of the Corpse – Meaning, Experience and Politics in Necroaesthetics

Mads Øvlisen PhD scholarship for practice-based art
Nanna Debois Buhl, Artist, University of Copenhagen and Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Arts, DKK 2,000,000
Sky Studies: Cosmic Code, Images and Imaginaries

Mads Øvlisen PhD scholarship for practice-based curating
Charlotte Sprogøe, Curator, Aarhus University and Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Arts, DKK 2,000,000
Exhibition as (Psycho-Aesthetic) Form – and Backdrop as Character

Mads Øvlisen PhD scholarship with extraordinary potential
Jenny-Ann Gräf Sheppard, University of Copenhagen and Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Arts, DKK 2,000,000
Communicating Vessels: Redefining Agency through Sounding

Mads Øvlisen postdoctoral fellowship for art history research
Nicholas Parkinson, Assistant Professor, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, DKK 1,499,557 Copenhagen 1888: the French Art Exhibition

Kasper Opstrup Frederiksen, University of Copenhagen, DKK 1,500,000
Unexpected Encounters – on Cosmism, Cosmic Consciousness and Cosmopolitics

Mads Øvlisen postdoctoral fellowship for practice-based research
Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld, Artist, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Arts, DKK 1,495,170
Entangled Archives: Cartographies of Critical Fabulations and Repair in the Colonial Archive

Mads Øvlisen postdoctoral fellowship for art and natural sciences
Christian Etheridge, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Museum of Denmark, DKK 1,488,358
Depictions of the Heavens: The Interface of Science, Religion and Art in Medieval Scandinavia

Novo Nordisk Foundation Visiting Professorship in Art and Art History
Lotte Philipsen, Associate Professor, Aarhus University, DKK 647,653
Guest professorship at Aarhus University for Aud Sissel Hoel, Professor, 1 July–31 December 2020

Further information

Christian Mostrup Scheel, Senior Press Officer, phone: +45 3067 4805, cims@novo.dk

Artists, art historians and curators are among the grant recipients who now have the opportunity to carry out in-depth research on art.