Record-breaking year for Kunsthal Charlottenborg

7.000.000 visitors and 75.000 artworks by 13.500 artists from 128 countries. Those are numbers presented in a nationwide campaign that focuses on the importance of Kunsthal Charlottenborg since it's foundation in 1883. And 2016 will be a record-breaking year for the exhibition space.

In 2015 Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s highly visited fall exhibitions brought along the highest number of visitors since 2009.

The development continued through 2016, where the exhibition space experienced a 70% rise in numbers of visitors for the month of July alone and a total increase of 15% compared to the number of visitors in the same period in 2015. Kunsthal Charlottenborg reached its target for paying visitors already in August, and at the end of November Kunsthal Charlottenborg passed last year’s number of visitors.

These results were achieved concurrently with Kunsthal Charlottenborg maintaining its highly professional level of ambition with exhibitions and events of international standard. The director of Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Michael Thouber, states: “We’re proud of the numbers and the large number of visitors to our institution. The numbers illustrate the importance Kunsthal Charlottenborg has had for the Danish and international art scene throughout history. We want to maintain and expand that importance. And therefore it’s very positive to see the development, we have experienced over the last couple of years, where we have had a constant focus on high level of quality, new directions and on our visitors”.

Kunsthal Charlottenborg has also experienced a rise in the number of visitors on our social media with an increase of 23% in the number of followers on Facebook, while the total reach of the exhibition space’s Facebook-page is more than 930.000 people since January 1st. Finally, the exhibition space has experienced an 61% increase in followers on Instagram since the turn of the year.

“Despite the powerful numbers, the most important thing is the artistic quality. As our campaign states, Kunsthal Charlottenborg has been the place for visitors to experience new talents, look into the future and meet the world superstars since 1883. And it continues to be the case”, states Michael Thouber.

Facts about Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Already in the opening year of 1883 P.S. Krøyer and Anna Ancher debuted at Charlottenborg. An in 1885 so did Vilhelm Hammershøi and later it was artists like Edvard Munch, Asger Jorn, Else Alfelt, Henry Heerup, Per Kirkeby, Bjørn Nørgaard, Poul Gernes, Kirsten Justesen and Olafur Eliasson who occupied the exhibition building.

In 2016 117 artists from all over the world made their debut at The Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition. In addition to that 34 new talents from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Visual Arts exhibited their works during the summer at the Degree Show. At the same time international artists as Yoko Ono and Brian Eno have exhibited at Kunsthal Charlottenborg this year.

Right now the exhibition An Age of Our Own Making with contemporary artists from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East is on display at Kunsthal Charlottenborg next to the exhibition Museum Pist Protta featuring more than 80 Danish and international contemporary artists. The Danish artist Simone Aaberg Kærn is also exhibiting her war painting illustrating her impression of the Danish effort in the Libya war.

At the end of the year we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the artist founded country The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland and inaugurate the Danish embassy for the kingdoms at Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Finally, during the winter were exhibiting the German star Hito Steyerl, who had her break through at last year’s Venice Biennale.

The nationwide campain “Kunsthal Charlottenborg – trendsetting since 1883” is shown on screens at metro stations, next to bus stops, on posters in public space, via online banners  and in nationalwide newspapers.