Graduation from Funen Art Academy 2016

13 graduates from Funen Art Academy show new works at Brandts 13 in the heart of Odense

Graduation is the annual graduation exhibition featuring graduating students from Funen Art Academy. In 2016, the graduation exhibition will open on May 16 at Brandts 13 – Brandts Museum of Art and Visual Culture.

Works inside and out
13 young artists are currently completing the final months of their 5-year course of study at the art academy at Brandts Torv in Odense. We celebrate this with an exhibition featuring the young artists’ new work, gathered within the classic museum architecture at Brandts 13. Through the course of seven beautiful exhibition rooms, you will experience works of deep sensuality, intellectual challenge, full of humour and depth. You will even witness a work unfold on the building’s impressive balcony.

Title: Concrete and Dynamic
This year’s exhibition has been titled: Graduation from Funen Art Academy 2016 – at first glance, a rather concrete title, but on which emphasises the fact that the artists are on their way away from the educational institution and onwards into the world to explore, expand and develop their respective artistic practices.
The artists thereby suggest that a graduate exhibition should not simply be viewed as the end of a completed education, but perhaps rather be considered as a point in a longer process – and as the beginning of something new.

The artists in the exhibition are:
Alaya Riefensthal, Anders Christian Eriksen, Emil Linnet, Emilie Simon Hansen, Emily Gernild, Kamilla Askholm Jørgensen, Katrine Skovsgaard, Levin Gjernals, Louise Uth Pedersen, Maj Bjørnholdt Kjærsig, Nilas Dumstrei, Sara Kirstine Grønborg, Svend Bager.

The artists will present video, classic and expanded painting, sculpture, photography, sound, as well as social, performative, and scientifically generated spatial installations.

This year’s curator: Mathias Kryger
Graduation from Funen Art Academy 2016 is curated by the Danish artist, curator and critic, Mathias Kryger. Kryger is a permanent critic for the newspaper Politiken and is part of the Danish editorial group at the Scandinavian online contemporary art magazine, Kunstkritikk. Most recently, he curated the critically acclaimed exhibition William Forsythe – In the Company of Others at Kunsthal Charlottenborg with works by, among others, Bruce Nauman, Sturtevant, Manon de Boer and Gerard Byrne.

The exhibition will open with a vernissage featuring speeches and performances on Thursday, May 26, 17-21:00.

Brandts 13, Jernbanegade 13, 5000 Odense C

Exhibition period:
27 May – 7 August 2016

Images and press release as a PDF are available for download here:

Event program and performances:
Several of the works in the exhibition will unfold in the course of an expanded event and performance programme. There will be concerts, sound walks, debates and talks during the exhibition period. For information on events and performances, please see the art academy’s website:

Catalogue in two rounds:
The catalogue for this year’s exhibition has been developed by the artists in close collaboration with designers and publishing company Eller–med–a. The catalogue will be published in two rounds—one part that will be available at the exhibition’s opening, and a second part that will follow after the opening, and which will include documentation of the exhibition itself.
Eller–med–a is a design company based in Copenhagen and Oslo, which specialises in creating catalogues and books for artists, poets and art education institutions.
The catalogue will be available for purchase at B13, Antipyrine Bookstore at Kunsthal Aarhus, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art’s bookstore and Motto at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

About Funen Art Academy:
Funen Art Academy offers a 5-year higher-level education. The independent institution has about 60 students enrolled and is located in the Brandts complex in the heart of Odense.
The Academy’s focal point is its workshop-based teaching and collaboration between students across artistic media and year of study. In the teaching, emphasis is placed on an experimental approach to art education in order to provide students with the best possible fundament for developing a professional and critical artistic practice in a globalised world.

1944 – Kaj Kylborg founds Odense Drawing and Painting School in his flat on Vestergade.
1954 The school affirms its ambitions and changes its name to Funen Art Academy in a step toward state recognition.
1984 After 40 years at various addresses, the Academy moves to Brandts Torv 1, where it remains to this day.
2014 The Academy celebrates its 70th anniversary. Website:

About Brandts 13:
Brandts 13 is part of Brandts – Museum for Art and Visual Culture. Brandts 13 presents a programme featuring young Danish artists. Here, you will find the latest works by contemporary Danish and international artists. Spectacular installations, films and sculptures occupy the old art museum alongside new paintings and camera-based images. Read more at

For further information about the exhibition, please contact the curator at: / +45 22803253

For information about Funen Art Academy and interviews with the artists, please contact: Communications coordinator Marlene Bregndahl, FAA / tel. + 45 66 11 12 88

For information about Brandts and Brandts 13, please contact:
PR & Marketing Officer Tine Jørgensen, Brandts / tel. +45 22 10 52 80 /

The exhibition has been realised with support from:
The Augustinus Foundation, Møllerens Foundation, the Toyota Foundation, Grosserer L.F. Foghts Foundation and Odense Municipality
Sponsors: Egetæpper, Bang & Olufsen and Hi-Fi Klubben.