Lighting the “Portrait Now” – Chinese Artists Rewon the Carlsberg Foundation Portrait Award

Opening Ceremony

On May 10, the 6th“Portrait Now!” exhibition and the Carlsberg Foundation Portrait Award ceremony were held at the Museum of National History of Denmark at Frederiksborg Castle.

Director of the Museum of National History of Denmark Ms. Mette Skougaard delivers a welcome speech

Chinese Ambassador to Denmark Mr. Liu Biwei, Director of the Prince Kung’s Palace Museum Mr. Sun Xuguang, Director of the Museum of National History of Denmark Ms. Mette Skougaard, Chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation Mr. Flemming Besenbacher, Private Secretary to Queen Margrethe II and Chairman of the Museum of National History Mr. Henning Fode, as well as representatives of artists from the Northern Europe and China who participated in this international competition attended the event.

Ambassador Liu highly appraised the long and good cooperation between the Museum of National History of Denmark and Prince Kung’s Palace Museum of China in his opening remarks, and the efforts they made in contributing to the promotion of Danish-Chinese cultural exchanges. He pointed out that this competition injected new vigor to the cultural exchanges between the two countries, and encouraged Chinese artists to actively take part in international communication, bringing more excellent art works of China to the world stage.

Director Sun announces the awarding reasons for the work winning the Second Prize

Held every two years, the Carlsberg Foundation Portrait Award (formerly known as “J.C. Jacobsen’s Portrait Award”) is initiated by the Museum of National History of Denmark with the participation of museums and galleries from Northern Europe countries, Britain, America, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and China, aiming to facilitate art communication among them through portrait works creation. Prince Kung’s Palace Museum received the official invitation to this international event in 2013. Since then, PKPM has been committed to proactively discovering excellent Chinese artists, widely promoting this professional competition and collecting good works to participate in it. In January 2017, the 2ndGWF-TIMES Portrait Exhibition closed successfully in Beijing, where 134 works in traditional Chinese painting, oil painting, porcelain painting, illustration, lacquer painting, sculpture, and other forms participated and 41 of them were selected to attend this Carlsberg Portrait Award by the international jury.

In total, there were 1,192 pieces of works from countries such as China, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Ice Land participated in this Award, and finally awarded 1 for the First, Second and Third Prizes respectively, 1 for the International Award, 3 for the Special Award and 3 for the Youth Talents Award. Chinese artists Xu Chenyang won the Second Prize with his oil-on-canvasJupiterand Liu Jinquan won the International Award with his oil-on-canvasThe Lapsed Youth.

Professor Flemming (first from the left) and Director Sun (second from the right) take a photo with the winners of First, Second and Third Prizes

As a member of the international judge committee and head of the Chinese delegation, Director Sun said that it’s a valuable experience for an artist to have the opportunity to put his/her work together with the world’s excellent portrait works on the same platform. As the Chinese organizer, Prince Kung’s Palace Museum wishes to help people find the beauty of contemporary Chinese arts through artworks by introducing and showing the most representative and exploratory ones in contemporary Chinese arts. He also expects this art event could pass the friendship of Chinese people to the world, and enable global visitors to appreciate the charisma of contemporary Chinese arts and to learn about the spiritual aspects of modern Chinese.

Guests and visitors from all over the world in the Exhibition

The “Portrait Now!” exhibition which opened at the Museum of National History of Denmark at Frederiksborg Castle at the same time with the Portrait Award displays all award-winning works and other works entering the competition, including 41 selected works created by Chinese artists. The exhibition started to meet visitors on May 11 (local time) and will close on July 30, 2017.

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