Within the field of international contemporary art, Nikolaj Kunsthal’s exhibition profile focuses on art that reflects and addresses current political, social and cultural issues.

Our exhibition profile is based on dialogue between Danish and international art, on bringing historical perspectives to new material and media multiplicity, stylistic diversity, art in public spaces, digitally based art and – not least – an openness to new developments. We show art that has not been shown before and that can generate, inspire and intervene in social debates.

Nikolaj Kunsthal presents 5-6 Danish and international exhibitions every year, exhibitions that give visitors the opportunity to encounter experimental and innovative art - including our annual exhibition for children and young people.

Our exhibition program consists of solo or thematic group exhibitions that fill the monumental spaces in our historical building – galleries that are ideal for exhibiting installations of multimedia works that incorporate the space around them as an important part of the artwork

"I'm not a church"
Nikolaj Kunsthal is located the former Nikolaj Church. The church has not been converted for its current purpose, but continues to live with the cultural heritage of an originally religious space, something actively used in the art center’s graphic identity and exhibition profile. The profile is based on slogans that have a religious content twisted to relate to art when Nikolaj Kunsthal declares “I’M NOT A CHURCH” or “LET THERE BE ART”. These slogans play on the link between the physical context of the church building and the contemporary role as an arts institution.

In March 2012 Nikolaj Kunsthal’s graphic identity  was nominated for a Creative Circle Award.

FOCUS Video Art Festival
In 2011 Nikolaj Kunsthal created a platform for video art with the first FOCUS Video Art Festival. The festival lasts from 3-4 weeks during which Nikolaj Kunsthal is transformed into a Mecca for video art with a packed video programme of leading national and international artists, performances, talks, VJ events and a lounge atmosphere.

You can read more about FOCUS Video Art Festival here

Weekly Events at Nikolaj Kunsthal
Nikolaj Kunsthal hosts weekly concerts, performances and talks primarily related to current exhibitions. These Tower Sessions are held every Thursday during exhibitions, usually in the room halfway up the church tower. The Tower Sessions are Nikolaj Kunsthal’s playground, a laboratory where artists, cultural players, researchers and musicians are invited to try out and present their projects.

Read more about our events programme here