In conjunction with the ARKEN PRIZE ceremony the newly established ARKEN Travel Grant was awarded for the time. The Travel Grant consists of two portions of DKK 50,000 each. They were awarded to the artist Anders Brinch and the curator Jacob Fabricius.
Everyday life and the great universe both appear in Anders Brinch's (DK 1971) works. They are poetic and grotesque. Humorous, although not superficial. They hold subjects as great as life and death, love and existence. Therefore we consider him to be one of the luminaries on the Danish art scene today, said Christian Gether on presenting the Grant to the young Danish artist.
In addition to painting Anders Brinch works with sculpture, drawing and installation; not as delimited genres but in a manner which enables new combinations, expressions and forms. His idiom is colourful, poetic and grotesque. This is humour and seriousness, rock’n’roll and reality on acid.
Often art prizes and grants are awarded to artists alone. However, ARKEN wishes to cultivate the field for new and alternative seeds. The museum wishes to contribute to a manifold and vibrant art scene. Therefore the second Travel Grant was awarded to the curator Jacob Fabricius (DK 1970) who was honoured for his enterprising and experimental attitude, and for his dynamic initiative.
– Jacob Fabricius is not afraid of putting himself forward, of openly criticising and expressing his thoughts. People like this are vital to the Danish art and culture life. And with the Travel Grant we wish to facilitate Jacob Fabricius’ journeys abroad to keep abreast of the international scene, and thus help plant new seeds in the national art milieu, said ARKEN's director Christian Gether at the award ceremony.
ANNIE & OTTO JOHS. DETLEFS' PHILANTROPIC FOUNDATION