On Kunsthal Charlottenborg, the Value of Art and Populist Tendencies in Denmark

January 27, 2013

by Line Ellegaard
via Afterall

Etcétera…, Welfare of Exception, 2011, mixed media installation. Installation view, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen. Photograph: Anders Sune Berg. Courtesy the artists and Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Considering the ongoing cuts to the cultural sector across Europe, the situation in Denmark – where the largest exhibition space for contemporary art in Copenhagen, the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, has been left floundering – can hardly be said to be severe. In fact the previous Danish Minister of Culture, Uffe Elbæk, was proud to have been able to secure an additional 20 million kroner (£2.2 million) to the cultural sector for the next four years, and the Kunsthal has recently appointed the well-respected curator Jacob Fabricius as head.1 Still, the short-sightedness of recent ‘prioritisations’ to cultural funding, to use Elbæk’s term, calls for an investigation and rethinking of the criteria that are used to determine the value of both small and large arts organisations by public funding bodies.
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