About Portrait Now!

In 2019, The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle hosts the Nordic competition The Carlsberg Foundation’s Portrait Award. It is the seventh time that the competition is held.

The aim of the competition is to bring about greater interest for ‘the portrait’ amongst artists and the general public. The competition is open to entries in the form of a painting, a sculpture, a video, an installation or a work of sonic art.

Nordic artists was invited to join the competition alongside artists from a number of Eastern European countries. The participation of artists from the Eastern European countries is handled in collaboration with Carlsberg in Ukraine.

An international  jury has selected the best portraits, which will be exhibited at the exhibition Portrait Now! 2019 at The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle from 10. May – 5. August 2019.

The following prizes will be awarded:

  • First prize is 85.000 DKK
  • Second prize is 35.000 DKK
  • Third prize is 15.000 DKK
  • Audience award is 10.000 DKK
  • Young Talent Prize is 10.000 DKK
  • Special prizes are 10.000 DKK each

The members of the jury are:

  • Christopher Baker, Director, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Mikhail Ovchinnikov, First deputy director, Fabergé Museum, Sct. Petersburg, Russia
  • Ólöf Kristín Sigurðardóttir, Director, Reykjavík Art Museum, Iceland
  • Henrik Wivel, Art critic, Denmark
  • Pontus Ljungberg, Director, Ljungbergmuseet, Sweden
  • Lucy Dahlsen, Curator, National Portrait Gallery, London
  • Mette Skougaard, Director, The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark


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