Founded in 1997, basis wien is a documentation centre for contemporary art in and outside Austria with special reference to the international context. It archives material on art production, presentation and reception in analogue and digital form. The gathered information is made available at a free-access online database, which was launched in 1999 and is run in collaboration with the University of Applied Arts Vienna since 2014.
The goal is to document the Austrian art scene in a way that portrays the full breadth of its artistic discourse at various levels (personal, institutional, medial) and with transparency.
A - 1150 Vienna
T: +43 (0)1 5226795
The free-access Art and Research Database – Angewandte/basis wien records information on contemporary art in and outside Austria within an international context. Stored are current data on persons, institutions, events (projects, exhibitions and other events) and objects. The complex linking of all the data generates a dynamic picture of the diverse production contexts of Austrian artistic life since 1945.
Kunstbulletin is the most read magazine for contemporary art in Switzerland. It provides background information, interviews, portraits, reviews, previews and a service section with short notices on grants, public art commissions, art fairs, symposiums and other events. The included calendar is the most complete monthly exhibition-listing in Europe. The magazine is published in German language with an insert in French and Italian. Kunstbulletin exists since 1968. Part of the content is since 1998 online. The magazine is independent and self-supporting. It is published by the Swiss Art Association.
Since 2016 Kunstbulletin has run the supplementary online platform artlog.net. The mobile site provides a content management system for art professionals to publish information. The content is linked to an interactive map, as well as to current events in the art world.
T: +41 (0)44 298 30 30
artlog.net by Kunstbulletin
artlog.net is a network for information, navigation and communication in the field of contemporary art. The online platform provides an interactive, openly editable system to professional partners in the art world, which can be used to publish information about individuals, institutions, calls for proposals, exhibitions, events and art works. This content is constantly being linked to a map, as well as current events in the art world.
The Swiss Institute for Art Research (SIK-ISEA), founded in 1951, is a competence centre for art scholarship and art technology with both a national and an international focus. Its primary activities are research, documentation, dissemination of knowledge and services in the field of fine art. Its core speciality is the production of art in Switzerland from the Middle Ages to the present day.
PO Box 1124
T: +41 (0)44 388 51 51
F: +41 (0)44 381 52 50
SIKART Lexicon on art in Switzerland is SIK-ISEA's online information system on historical and contemporary art in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein. Richly illustrated, it is edited and updated on a daily basis. SIKART offers combined query facilities on artists, works, exhibitions, literature and awards, and now features 16,000 entries on current and historical artists, as well as 1,600 in-depth biographical articles.
SIKART's team of scholarly editors regularly produces new articles based on the rich documentation material of the Swiss Art Archives ( such as press clippings, invitation cards, and correspondences) and of the stock of the library of SIK-ISEA.
Since ist founding in 1955, the Kassel documenta has come to be the largest and the most highly esteemed international exhibition of contemporary art in the world. The great wealth of material brought together in the course of this exhibition - now staged every five years - prompted the documenta founder Arnold Bode already in 1961 to make provisions for the extablishment of an archive that would be devoted to the documenta. Since that time, the documenta archive has developed into one of the most important speciality libraries in Germany for art of the 20th + 21st century. The wide-ranging collection is complemented by a growing video and picture archive and also includes the Bode estate.
The documenta archive provides visitors with a modern research institution housing extensive and unique materials. Expert support is available from the highly experienced staff for examination of original source material as well as the latest publications in a quiet and comfortable working atmosphere.
Untere Karlsstr. 4
T: T: +49 (0)561-70727-3100
F: F: +49 (0)561-70727-39
Opened in October 2004, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest (MNAC) is a public cultural institution, whose main goals focus on providing a meaningful and stimulating environment for the exploration of contemporary art, to promote dialogue between Romanian contemporary art and the international scene, and to support innovative, experimental artistic views.
The Documentary & Digital Memory Department, briefly and straightforwardly called the MNAC Documentation, aims to set up an efficient system to manage the information on Romanian contemporary art.
National Museum of Contemporary Art
Documentary Archive & Digital Memory Dept.
Str. Izvor nr. 2-4, sector 5
050563 Bucharest, Romania
T: +40 (0) 21 - 312 5147
F: +40 (0) 21 - 311 1694
The main objective of the DocuMnac project is to enable a wider access to the information stored in the off-line database of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest (MNAC). This is an essential approach for our cultural context, providing the Romanian and international contemporary art landscape with a more coherent look via a web documentation acting as a database.
It is a valuable and useful resource for museum specialists, as well as for the public of diverse categories, because it offers information on the Romanian and foreign artists whose contemporary art works are part of the MNAC collection, the project’s purpose being exclusively one of information, study and research.
The Institute of Modern Art Nuremberg (Institut für moderne Kunst Nürnberg), reg. assoc. (founded 1967), is a center of information and documentation for contemporary art, supported by the Free State of Bavaria, the city of Nuremberg, the administrative region of Middle Franconia and private members. The institute’s objectives are the cultivation of an archive for German and international contemporary art, the conception and realization of exhibitions, as well as publishing material on contemporary art.
The Institute’s archive is one of the most important German special libraries on post-1945 international art. During the course of the years it has proved possible to set up around 24,000 instructive files on the essential representatives of national and international present-day art, a comprehensive archive of journals, as well as a library on a range of fields and themes. Along with exhibition catalogues, monographs, scholarly works and periodicals, also videos, CDs, CD-ROMs and DVDs find a place in our collection. A special focus is given to ‘grey literature’ (invitation cards, brochures, folders…) and to press cuttings (regularly archived from the daily and weekly press and trade journals).
Institut für moderne Kunst Nürnberg
T: +49 (0)911/240 21 20
OPAC of the Institute of Modern Art
The online catalog (http://www.moderne-kunst.org/archiv/online-katalog.html) of the Institute of Modern Art contains information on approx. 33,500 contemporary international artists including architects, photographers and designers.
In addition to some short biographical information on the artist, the database states the records the institutional archive holds about an artist. It indicates whether dossier files with printed documents, invitation cards, press clippings or poster files are available.
Moderna galerija (MG) was founded in 1948 as Slovenia’s national museum of modern art. Its tasks were to collect and present Slovenian (and other Yugoslavian) art, stage retrospectives, overview and theme shows, and host international exhibitions. Between 1955 and 1986 it organized the Ljubljana International Biennial of Graphic Art, which then went on to become an independent institution. With its program, Moderna galerija helped introduce contemporaneous (first modernist and later other) trends in Slovenia, opposed to ideological dogmatism on all levels, and promoted Slovenian art and artists internationally.
In 2011, MG’s activities expanded to its new premises, the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (MSUM). In addition to staging temporary shows, this hosts a permanent display of the international Arteast 2000+ collection, founded in the second half of the 1990s with the aim to articulate contemporaneity and provide a basis for a balanced approach to the so-called Eastern and Western art. The MG+MSUM collections foster dialogue and in-depth reflection on the dialectic relationships between the modern and the contemporary.
Moderna galerija Ljubljana
SI- 1000 Ljubljana
T: +386 (0)1 241 68 00
F: +386 (0)1 251 41 20
Moderna galerija’s Archives Department was founded in 1971. It systematically follows exhibitions in Slovenia, collating, systematizing, and classifying biographical and bibliographical data on Slovenian fine artists, photographers, designers, architects, art critics, curators, and theorists. The data on exhibitions and on artists has been digitized with our digitizing software RazUme since 1989 (Razstava) and 1993 (Umetnik) respectively. The local database is regularly updated with current information collated daily and with data from older materials that are still being processed and, in some cases, acquired. Our main sources are articles and reviews in the press, invitations, posters, fliers, brochures, documents, and manuscripts kept by the Archives Department, as well as catalogues and other publications. The pictorial material is provided by Moderna galerija’s Photo Archive.
Since 2009 the data has been partly accessible online (after the initial, trial period in 2001 and 2002). Currently, only bio-bibliographical data on artists whose works are in the MG+MSUM collections is uploaded. This is but a small portion of the local database content organized chronologically and in terms of relative importance, and accessible through various search criteria.
The Central Archive for German and International Art Market Studies ZADIK is the world’s only specialised scientific archive devoted to the history of the art trade. ZADIK collects the bequests and estates of art dealers, gallerists, curators, critics, collectors and photographers.
Im Mediapark 7
D- 50670 Köln
T: +49 (0)221 2019871
F: +49 (0)221 2019869
The ZADIK database was established in 2005. Thanks to development funds of the German government it is being adjusted to the international standards of Encoded Archival Description since 2012. The database offers different query facilities on artists, dealers, collectors, curators, critics and photographers. For legal reasons a large part of the digitized documents are accessible exclusively via ZADIK’s intranet. High-resolution digital copies of the images can be ordered on request.
As a museum, research institute, and archive, the Centre for Artists’ Publications is unique with respect to its holdings, its exemplary exhibitions, its scholarly research activities, and its numerous publications, all of which account for its distinctive profile. Founded in 1999, it has been funded since that time by the University of Bremen and the Weserburg | Museum of Modern Art.
Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen - Centre for Artists’ Publications
T: +49 (0) 421 5983940
F: +49 (0) 421 59839940
The online research database was established in 2014. The main objective of the database is to enable research to be conducted using the outstanding inventories of the Centre. The inventories of the archives and collections are focused on all kinds of published, multiplied, and edited art, as well as on records and documentation about artistic practice from the 1950s up to recent artistic items worldwide.
These works are classified by different genres, which include artists’ books, multimedia editions, graphics, artists’ records, artists’ postage stamps, invitation cards, posters, and reference books.
Established in 1957, the ‘KMB’ Kunst- und Museumsbibliothek comprises well over 500 000 documents, which makes it one of the largest public art and museum libraries for modern art and photography in the world. With the aid of the Document Delivery Service, this reference library is able to place its holdings at the disposal of the region and beyond.
The KMB’s rich stock covers a great diversity of items on visual art from the Middle Ages to the present day. The Collection specialises in twentieth and twenty-first-century visual art, photography, the art of the Benelux countries, and the applied arts and design.
Kunst- und Museumsbibliothek der Stadt Köln
Readingroom in the Museum Ludwig and in the Museum of Applied Arts Cologne
T: +49 (0)221 221 22438
F: +49 (0)221 221 22210
Kunst- und Museumsbibliothek der Stadt Köln
The catalogue (https://www.kmb-bibliothekskatalog.de) documents all the KMB stocks catalogued to date and grouped under the categories of Monographs, Stock and Exhibition Catalogues, Congress Proceedings and Papers, Gallery and Auction Catalogues, Journal Titles and current Journal Subscriptions, CDs, Dossiers on Artists and on Institutions/Firms with small-scale Publications, Trade Catalogues, Journal Essays, Invitation Cards, Press Cuttings, Photographs, Posters, Evaluations of Auction Catalogues, etc. Of the KMB’s total stock of Dossiers, exceeding 100 000, about one fifth has been catalogued to date.
Founded in 2008 by Dasha Zhukova and Roman Abramovich, Garage is the first philanthropic institution in Russia to create a comprehensive public mandate for contemporary art.
Founded in 2012, Garage Archive Collection is central to the activities of the Museum. It is the hub through which the institution is developing and sharing knowledge of Russian art, as well as a platform for international research projects, including conferences, exhibitions, seminars and publications. The Collection consists of an extensive holding of documentary materials relating to contemporary art in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and other cities within Russia. As the first public resource of its kind in the country, the Collection records artists’ practices from the mid-1950s through to the present.
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
9/32 Krymsky Val st.,
T: +7 495 645-05-20
Russian Art Archive Network
The development of RAAN involves the gradual digitization of Garage Archive Collection and the archives of the partner institutions. The materials are then uploaded to a database designed by Garage that integrates the scanned documents from each partners’ institutional databases.
The goal of the Russian Art Archive Network project is to create an international online platform to promote and facilitate research into postwar Russian contemporary art.
The project’s website features an online catalogue allowing users to search the archive collections of all RAAN partners, with new materials added as digitization continues.
The website has Russian and English versions. Most of the archive’s catalogue is in Russian, with the exception of entries for archival documents and press cuttings in foreign languages, and information on exhibitions that took place outside Russia/the Soviet Union.
The Archive of Fine Arts collects materials on contemporary arts, primarily Czech and Slovak visual arts. The processing of documents and information is developed, implemented and operated on the freely accessible database system - abART.
Archiv výtvarného umění
Náměstí Smiřických 49
281 63 Kostelec nad Černými lesy
T: +420 222 942 718
abART is a comprehensive database of Czech and Slovak art available free of charge at www.isabart.org. abART is based on the atomization of input data (reduced to further indivisible units) and their versatile connection. Information (data) is not taken mechanically, it always refers to source resources, so far predominantly to documents stored in the Archive. Based on its links, abART can create reports of exhibitions, lists of literature, anniversaries or regional personalities. Data is updated daily. abART is today used by a number of target groups – students, art theorists, cultural workers, journalists, librarians, gallerists, collectors, publishers, information centres and others.
The Skulptur Projekte Archives are part of the collection of the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster. The core of the archives is made up of approximately 1,600 sheets of project-related documentation comprising concept papers, draft proposals and drawings, numerous models of realised and unrealised works, as well as correspondence between artists and curators, including many hand-written notes. These holdings are complemented by catalogues and visitor guides, a wealth of press, media and documentary material, photographs and videos, and legal and administrative documents such as contracts and authorisations. They document, almost seamlessly, all the steps from the preparations for exhibitions, via the definitive establishment of the projects’ concepts, right up to their implementation and the decisions as to which works should be kept in the collection and in Münster’s urban landscape.
LWL- Museum für Kunst und Kultur
D - 48143 Münster
T: 49 (0) 251 5907 367
Skulptur Projekte Archives
The Skulptur Projekte Archives started with the research project to process the archive's holdings. Since early 2017, the VolkswagenStiftung has been funding the research project The Skulptur Projekte Archives in Münster: A Research Institution for Scholars and the Public (03/2017-05/2020), which processed the archives in a three-year collaboration between the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur and the Münster University. In this, the Skulptur Projekte Archives are both the object and an instrument of academic research.
The cataloguing process has not yet been completed and the archive is currently closed and cannot be viewed by the public for the time being. As soon as the archive is accessible again, the opening hours will be published on the website.