SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum
The SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum (“SKMU”) is a regional art institution, located in Kristiansand Norway, which has collected high quality arts and crafts objects from the local area since 1995. SKMU has developed a wide range of educational activities including establishing a museum for children, The Children’s Art Museum, within its premises. The Foundation has made a number of grants to SKMU to be used for the purchase of Norwegian glass, ceramics and similar art works dating from 1930 onwards for public display.
The Foundation has commenced a major initiative of support for AKO Kunststiftelse, a Norwegian non-profit foundation with an objective of advancing the public’s access to Nordic visual arts from the post 1900 period. To achieve this objective AKO Kunststiftelse is building a collection of such art for public exhibition and will give the SKMU the right to use this collection free of charge and on a perpetual basis.
It is planned that the public exhibition of the collection will be in a new museum, the Kunstsilo Museum, in Kristiansand. The establishment of this new museum is being undertaken by SKMU in cooperation with the Kristiansand municipal authorities and other Norwegian institutions and is currently in its development stages. The ultimate combined vision is to create a public art collection of international importance housed in an art museum of outstanding architectural quality.
The Courtauld Institute of Art, a college of the University of London, is the pre-eminent centre for the study of the history of art in Europe. The Foundation has endowed an academic post for the study of European art of the 20th century and particularly German Expressionism. The gift was made by the Foundation in honour of Dr Shulamith Behr, Honorary Research Fellow at The Courtauld, who taught Nicolai Tangen during his MA studies there.
Courtauld Connects is a major capital project to redevelop the The Courtauld Institute of Art. Its objectives are to increase access to The Courtauld and improve the user experience, to create the best teaching and research environment, and to preserve and reveal The Courtauld’s heritage building and collections. The Foundation has made a grant of £1,000,000 towards this project.
In December 2017, the Foundation presented its first annual AKO Curatorial Award to the winner and runners-up of a competition for graduates of the Courtauld’s MA programme Curating the Arts Museum (2016/17). The AKO Curatorial Award is the only prize available to curating MA graduates in the UK and the Foundation and Courtauld Institute of Art look forward to its continued success.