160 years ago, in 1857, it was decided to set up an independent and independent exhibition committee by the Academy to hold the annual spring exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg. It was the start of the institution today called the Charlottenborg Foundation. Since 1857, the Foundation has been responsible for the Spring Exhibition and since 1900 charlottenborg autumn exhibition. From the outset, the foundation's main purpose has been to promote and support the arts – especially the younger part. During its long operation, the Charlottenborg Foundation has continuously changed its organisation and governance, without, however, fundamentally giving others the values and the form from which it originated.
In the spring of 2006, a major process of change began with charlottenborg exhibition building. The Ministry of Culture issued a new executive order for the institution, a new board and director were hired to together transform and revitalize charlottenborg exhibition building nationally as internationally. Changes that the Charlottenborg Foundation has welcomed and which are in line with the professional and audience ambitions the Foundation aims for. As part of this process of change, Charlottenborg Exhibition Building has changed its name to Kunsthal Charlottenborg. This has also laid the foundation for a new dialogue on the future cooperation between the Charlottenborg Foundation and Kunsthal Charlottenborg. From 2008, the Charlottenborg Foundation and Kunsthal Charlottenborg will therefore enter into a new close cooperation, where the Spring Exhibition is maintained, but fundamentally reimagined so that it will appear in the forward as a hybrid between the Spring and Autumn Exhibitions. The goal is to create a new, better and more ambitious exhibition that is also agenda-setting in the future, has your finger on the pulse and reaches a large audience.