Crossing Borders: Migration and the Visual Arts in Denmark, 1800-2021

This conference highlights the migration of artists and ideas to Denmark over the past 200+ years to examine their collective influence on the history of the visual arts. The day will feature talks from artists and scholars showing that migration is not a new phenomenon to Denmark, but rather has strong and established traditions still visible within Denmark’s museums, artistic practices, and communities today.

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Registration is free – please send a mail to before 22 September 2021.


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8:30-9:30 Registration and light breakfast
9:30-9:45 Welcoming remarks

Opening keynote: Beyond boundaries: Migration as a Challenge to Art History

Burcu Dogramaci, Professor of Art History, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany

Moderator: Anne Ring Petersen

11:00-11:15 Short break

Panel 1: Rethinking Migration and Art History in Denmark

Moderator: Rasmus Kjærboe

Flowing Music, Flowing Art: Towards a Liquid Understanding of Early Modern Culture

Margit Thøfner, Senior Lecturer in the History of Art, Department of Art History, Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Between Paris, Munich and Copenhagen: The Transnational Career of Bertha Wegmann and Her Nordic Network of Women Artists

Carina Rech, Curator for the Collections, Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, Stockholm, Sweden

Wanted: Ernest Mancoba on the Danish Art Scene

Karen Westphal Eriksen, Project Researcher, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark




Panel 2: Negotiating Geography, Place and Belonging

Moderator: Kristian Handberg

300 Years of Danish Artists in Greenland

Nivi Christensen, Director, Nuuk Art Museum, Greenland


Diasporic inbetweenness in the Work of Artists from the Former Yugoslavia Now Residing in Denmark

Tijana Mišković, PhD Fellow, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark


Coffee break


Panel 3: The Presence/Absence of the Transnational Artist

Moderator: Nicol Savinetti

The Danish National Gallery Collection: Situating Histories and Narratives of Displacement and Belonging

Yvette Brackman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark

To Adopt a Chronotype

Yong Sun Gullach, Artist, Copenhagen, Denmark


Coffee break


Closing Keynote: Recent and Upcoming Works

Halfdan Pisket, Artist, Copenhagen, Denmark

Moderator: Nicholas Parkinson



Scientific committee

Nicholas Parkinson, Ph.D., Mads Øvlisen Postdoctoral Fellow, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Anne Ring Petersen, Dr.phil, Ph.D., Professor, University of Copenhagen
Nicol Savinetti, Ph.D., Director, IMMART - International Migration Meets the Arts
Kristian Handberg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen
Rasmus Kjærboe, Ph.D., Curator, The Hirschsprung Collection


Funding for this conference is provided by the Novo Nordisk Foundation in connection with Dr. Nicholas Parkinson’s postdoctoral project, “Copenhagen 1888: Den Franske Kunstudstilling” (2019-2021), hosted by the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.