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Denmark/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.1 Visual and applied arts

The present Laws on Visual Arts encompass the following institutions and issues:

Danish contemporary art seems to have strengthened its national and international status. This is commonly agreed upon among gallery owners, heads of cultural institutions, administrators within the government arts departments, as well as among artists and researchers of cultural policy.

There is no data detailing the exact sales for galleries. Estimations from the Copenhagen Business School (CBS) research project "Creative Encounter", which explores the relationship between contemporary art and economic theory, confirm a boom in the contemporary art world (see

But according to experts in the cultural field, the Danish boom in contemporary art production and circulation might also have a negative side: What will happen to the quality of art in the longer term? Is there a risk that the boom in contemporary art might lead young artists to chase commercial success, disregarding the skills of their trade and the serious existential search for new content and forms of expression? Will the art schools be robbed of talent that has yet to mature? Will the field of contemporary art be colonised with an avant-garde conformity which will be shown to be irrelevant in just a few years?

Another negative side of adhering overtly to the laws of the market relates to the fact that in economic booms, access to private funds is much easier than in times of recession. During the current economic climate, major private funds that traditionally support culture and the arts, such as the Carlsberg Foundation, have decreased their funding within the realm of art and culture.

Chapter published: 10-04-2012

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