Would you like to further develop the international exhibition profile and function of Nikolaj Kunsthal as one of Copenhagen’s central exhibition sites for contemporary art?

The City of Copenhagen’s unit History & Art is looking for a new head of Nikolaj Kunsthal: a visionary, ambitious and experienced person with in-depth and hands-on knowledge of the most recent trends within the Danish as well as international contemporary art scene.

History & Art is a unit under the Culture and Leisure Administration consisting of Nikolaj Kunsthal, Thorvaldsens Museum, Københavns Museum and Københavns Stadsarkiv. The unit aims to strengthen and make visible the municipal endeavours within art and history while also ensuring that the unit has the size to match other prominent art and cultural institutions.

As the head, you will be setting the direction and developing the art centre’s profile and visibility as an exhibition site. At the same time, you will be a part of the practical work to plan and carry out exhibitions of Danish and international contemporary art.

You will refer to the director of History & Art and be a part of the group of heads.  You will be responsible for personnel matters related to a varying number of employees with a nucleus of some 10 employees, as well as for budget, working plans and the reporting of art centre activities.

In the coming period, it is a primary task for the new head to consolidate the art centre and its staff as a part of the new amalgamated institution. 

As the head of Nikolaj Kunsthal, you will get the responsibility to maintain and strengthen the high professional environment of the art centre.

Nikolaj Kunsthal is a dynamic organisation with a small but strong team of colleagues, with everybody co-operating closely and contributing to the day-to-day running of the institution.



We expect that you have:

- A graduate degree in art history or a similar higher education
- A leadership education, MPA or similar, and experience with leading a cultural institution, including financial management and administration
- Insight into and experience with the use of digital media and their importance to contemporary art and how it is presented
- Wide experience with fundraising
- Solid experience with user inclusion, the establishing of Danish and international partnerships and joint collaborations with other cultural institutions


As a person we imagine that you:

- Are innovative
- Will be an active co-player in the group of heads
- Have an appreciative, motivating and inspirational leadership style
- Are able to make an impact, find it easy to communicate and have a skill for creating good relations internally within the unit as well as with regard to external parties

We offer an exciting job in an innovative environment with engaged and professionally skilled colleagues. The expected annual salary is DKK 540,000 with the possibility of performance-related pay to be decided in agreement with the negotiating organisation. To this should be added pension. The position is expected to be in place with effect from July 1 2015.


If you want to know more about the position you are welcome to contact Lene Floris, director of History & Art, on t: (+45) 2365 7093.

Please submit your application by using the link below no later than April 29 2015.


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Nikolaj Kunsthal, History & Art, is the City of Copenhagen’s exhibition site for contemporary art, located in the former Church of Saint Nicholas at the centre of the city. Danish and international exhibitions present guests with innovative and experimental art. In addition to this, Nikolaj Kunsthal presents various concerts, performances and lectures, typically relatable to the exhibitions.