Marina Abramovic

Denmark's largest cultural award

The Sonning Prize is the largest cultural award in Denmark. It was founded by author and editor C.J. Sonning (1879-1937). The Prize amount is DKK 1 million and supports the promotion of European culture.

Following the wish of C.J. Sonning, a prize recipient "found to have done commendable work for the benefit of European culture", is elected by the board of the Sonning-Foundation on the recommendation of a committee under the University of Copenhagen.

The Prize is normally awarded every other year. The ceremony takes place at the University of Copenhagen – preferably on 19 April, C.J. Sonning's birthday.

European universities may propose nominees for the Sonning Prize. Proposals for nominees 2025 are now welcome. The proposals must be accompanied by the nominee's CV and a list of published works, and must be submitted to:

Rector of the University of Copenhagen
Krystalgade 25
DK-1172 Copenhagen K

The Sonning Prize 2023 was awarded to the Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović. The award ceremony took place in the Ceremonial Hall at the University of Co​penhagen Friday 19 April 2024.

See list of Sonning Prize recipients