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Novo Nordisk Foundation supports 19 research projects within art and art history

20 Apr 2020

Novo Nordisk Foundation supports 19 research projects within art and art history

20 Apr 2020


A radio station based at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, a survey of women artists in Denmark since 1960 and the influence of artist El Greco on Nordic modernism. These are examples of the topics of the 19 projects receiving a grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

The Foundation has awarded grants totalling DKK 29.1 million for nine Mads Øvlisen scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships, two Investigator Grants, two visiting professorships and six art history research projects.

The Foundation received 90 applications in this field and awarded the grants to researchers from Denmark and abroad who contribute to enhancing art-related research in Denmark.

“It is wonderful to see so many highly qualified researchers and artists who can now develop their projects at institutions in Denmark. This includes talented young as well as excellent experienced researchers who can strengthen the art research communities in projects spanning several years that can elucidate new knowledge,” says Berith Bjørnholm, Senior Vice President, Novo Nordisk Foundation.

The Foundation’s art research grants primarily focus on art history research but also include projects that link art and science and practice-based projects that use art or curating as a research method.

The Foundation has supported the art field since 1979, and the Foundation’s Committee on Research in Art and Art History comprises renowned art researchers from Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The next application round is expected to open in November 2020.

Grants for research on art and art history 2020

Mads Øvlisen PhD scholarships for art history research
Jens Emil Elg, University of Copenhagen, DKK 2,000,000
Rose dækker bord – Representations of Africans and People of African Origin in Danish Art from 1650 to 1917

Ronah Sadan, Aarhus University, DKK 1,967,650
Drawing Out Traces: the Visual Documentation of Medieval Wall Paintings in Nineteenth-century Denmark

Mads Øvlisen PhD scholarships for practice-based research
Christina Varvia, Senior Researcher, Aarhus University, DKK 1,999,613
Biopolitical Imaging

Kristoffer Raasted, Artist, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Arts, DKK 2,000,000
New Connections: Queering the Radio Voice

Tijana Mišković, Curator, SMK – National Gallery of Denmark, DKK 1,999,513
DIASPORAENS KUNST – the Diasporic Middle Ground Illuminated through Works by Visual Artists from the Former Yugoslavia now Residing in Denmark

Mads Øvlisen postdoctoral fellowships for art history research
Christa Vogelius, University of Copenhagen, DKK 1,500,000
Jacob Riis, Documentary Photography, and the Image-text 

Jesper Svenningsen, SMK – National Gallery of Denmark, DKK 1,330,953
Tetzen-Lund’s Collection of Modern Art

Mads Øvlisen postdoctoral fellowship for practice-based research
Yvette Brackman, SMK – National Gallery of Denmark, DKK 1,499,812
Collections and Narratives: an Exploration of the Potential of a Multi-focal Institutional Practice

Mads Øvlisen postdoctoral fellowship for art and the natural sciences
Maja Bak Herrie, Aarhus University, DKK 1,310,276
Perceiving a Pre-filtered World: Anticipated Perception in a Data-driven Culture

Visiting Professorships in Art and Art History
Hans Henrik Lohfert Jørgensen, Aarhus University, DKK 999,995
Image Theory, Historical Perspectives and Animation Research

Malene Vest Hansen, University of Copenhagen, DKK 1,500,000
Christina Kiaer Novo Nordisk Foundation Guest Professorship

Investigator Grants in art history research
Kerry Greaves, University of Copenhagen, DKK 4,000,000
Feminist Emergency: Women Artists in Denmark, 1960–Present

Kristian Handberg, University of Copenhagen, DKK 4,000,000
Exhibiting across the Iron Curtain: the Forgotten Trail of Danish Artists Exhibiting in the Context of State Socialism, 1965–1985

Project grants for research on art history
Ane Hejlskov Larsen, Associate Professor, Aarhus University, DKK 980,680
Per Kirkeby. Paintings 1990–2018. Volume III. Research Project and Production of a publication

Anne Gregersen, Art Historian, Willumsens Museum, DKK 279,006
As a Child who Cuts and Collects: El Greco and Nordic Modernism

Ernst Jonas Bencard, The Hirschsprung Collection, DKK 982,605
Thorvaldsen’s Christ – a Democratic, Performative and Sensual Multiple

Jacob Lund Weinreich, Associate Professor, Aarhus University, DKK 298,648
The Work of Art in the Age of a Globally Networked Image-Space

Maibritt Borgen, Associate Professor, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Arts, DKK 159,000
Monster-Languages – Öyvind Fahlström 1952–1976

Marina Vidas, Senior Researcher, SMK – National Gallery of Denmark, DKK 300,061
Italian Paintings in Gold: Sight, Reflection and Experience, 1320–1440

Further information

Christian Mostrup, Senior Programme Lead, cims@novo.dk, +45 3067 4805

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded DKK 29 million for art research in this year’s round of grants. One of the projects Rose dækker bord – Representations of Africans and People of African Origin in Danish Art from 1650 to 1917 is a PhD project by art historian Jens Emil Elg, who will take a closer look at a painting by Danish artist Astrid Holm. Photo: SMK – National Gallery of Denmark.