SixtyEight Art Institute is a non-profit, independent organisation for contemporary art located in central Copenhagen. Our exhibitions, events and public programmes represent Nordic, European, and International artists and curators, and endeavour to develop a ‘Danish internationalism’ through which artistic and curatorial research projects can respond to and address international debates and discourses from the perspective of our base in Copenhagen.
SixtyEight Art Institute is an intimate space, both in terms of the way audiences meet with art and the ideas it generates, and in the way the Institute works closely with partners and focuses on co-productions. The Institute supports cross-regional and cross-institutional models for knowledge-sharing, to help advance the role of visual art and its intersection with the important issues of our time.
As a non-profit arts organisation, SixtyEight Art Institute is also a non-partisan group that supports the free speech of artists and curators and their research projects.
SixtyEight Art Institute was established in 2011 as 68 Square Metres in a disused paint factory from the 1940s, which had been given to cultural entrepreneurs and small creative business for a number of years. We created an exhibition space in an old laboratory within the existing industrial structure, which was part of a dynamic group of artists, musicians, designers, event organisers, and urban gardeners. Together we brought a new set of possibilities and cultural activities to the area. We were at the same time part of a migration of independent exhibition spaces and commercial galleries to the East Amager quarter of Copenhagen, and took the opportunity to initiate and organise a coordination of the galleries and cultural activities in the neighbourhood through a concept called First Fridays.
In 2015, we re-organised as a professional space and launched the Institute, focused on knowledge-intensive exhibitions shaped by artistic and curatorial research. In 2017, we launched Really Simple Syndication Press (RSS Press), which publishes the research material generated by artists and curators, and commissions new work by artists and theorists working in contemporary art and related fields of literature and philosophy.
Also in 2017, we decided to offer an intensive curatorial programme to curators and artists alike, which has been held five times, called The Curatorial Thing. Here young and professional artists, curators, and academics meet for approximately 10 days and attend public lectures and closed workshops with leading cultural, scientific, and artistic professionals invited by SixtyEight Art Institute.
In October 2018, SixtyEight Art Institute was awarded BKF-Prisen, the Danish Union of Artists’ prize for best independent space of the year. The motivation for the award included that SixtyEight’s “ambition and international focus are unparalleled in Denmark, even among the state-funded institutions”. At the end of 2019 SixtyEight received a prize from the Danish Arts Foundation “towards continued work”, the Foundation stating that “SixtyEight has filled a gap in the market, and it is difficult to see how we could do without the institute”.
Cross-regionally, SixtyEight Art Institute collaborates with Rønnebæksholm, a kunsthalle in Næstved, Denmark, regarding its FællesRum (‘Common Space’) residency programme.
As part of our aim to begin rethinking how we do programming, we have for the Memoirs of Saturn programme entered into partnerships with Oinofilia (lit: love of wine), a local importer of Greek natural wines from smaller to medium-sized wineries, all of which have a green (organic or biodynamic) philosophy, unique terroir, grape specialization, history and tradition in common, and People Like Us, a Danish brewing company run by people from socially under-represented groups. Oinofilia and People Like Us will be providing carefully selected wines and beers at all our opening and events for the duration of this exhibition programme.
Our current exhibition programme, Memoirs of Saturn, seeks to investigate how we can re-imagine the term 'prosperity' as a common value, which we have the chance to develop through art, in and with nature, and has received generous support from the Danish Arts Foundation, Det Obelske Familiefond, and Beckett-Fonden, as well as from Københavns Kommunes Råd for Visuel Kunst.
SixtyEight Art Institute's previous two-year exhibition programme, Modes and Notes on the Local, received support from the Danish Arts Foundation and Københavns Kommunes Råd for Visuel Kunst.
The Curatorial Thing received support from Nordic Culture Point 2017-20, and from NovoNordisk Foundation in 2022.
SixtyEight's first two-year exhibition programme, A Dictionary of Advanced Difference, received support from the Danish Arts Foundation and Bikubenfonden
Rebekka Elisabeth Anker-Møller
Heidi Hart, PhD
Art and Humanities Research Fellow
Education Coordinator and Curator (remote)
Marina Mors Vestergaard
Belén Pérez Campos
Visual Communication and Graphic Design