SixtyEight Art Institute aims to develop publicly accessible and research-based exhibitions and events that represent Nordic, European, and International artists and curators in Copenhagen. The organisation produces knowledge-intensive products that foment and diffuse leading and cutting-edge research by artists and curators, giving them the opportunity to imagine and present new exhibition-making approaches. For this reason, SixtyEight Art Institute aims to focus on curatorial and artistic research that favours innovation in both art and culture, to help advance the role of the arts in this new century and their intersection with science, literature and philosophy. In order to achieve this, the Institute supports cross-regional and cross-institutional models for knowledge and resource-sharing, exploring and defining the sustainability of exhibition-making practices. 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. To this end, the Institute’s advocacy is for the role of art and culture for the city through democratic and open models for creativity.
The Institute is dedicated to strengthening the independent and practical approach to artistic production through its exhibition programme and events at its exhibition space for contemporary art in the centre of Copenhagen. The Institute dedicates part of its annual programme to exhibitions planned by external curators and artists, which are supplemented by a public talks, seminars and publications with peers and scholars connected to the research topics and agendas in the exhibition programme. 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. SixtyEight Art Institute works primarily with artists and curators who base their practice on research. With this in mind (and at a fundamental level) SixtyEight Art Institute works as an independent space dedicated to making an impact on issues of diversity, creative exchange and artistic development.
SixtyEight has a partnership with Fonden FABRIKKEN for Kunst of Design, through which artists and curators who are part of FABRIKKEN’s World Wide Air, FAIR and FIDA artist in residency programmes have the opportunity to engage with SixtyEight Art Institute on a professional level, presenting their practices and current research and/or artistic production in the form of talks and lectures at SixtyEight Art Institute, as well as meeting with SixtyEight’s curatorial team and/or its international network.
In October 2018, SixtyEight 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 hole in the market, and it is difficult to see how we could do without the institute”.
SixtyEight Art Institute was established as 68 Square Metres in a 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 movement of 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. The aim was to promote the visibility of and access to the more remote locations in the industrial neighbourhood.
SixtyEight Art Institute's current exhibition programme receives support from the Danish Arts Foundation, and Københavns Kommunes Råd for Visuel Kunst
The Curatorial Thing is supported by Nordic Culture Point
SixtyEight's previous exhibition programme, A Dictionary of Advanced Difference, also received support from Bikubenfonden