Archives and Collections

The Centre for Artists’ Publications comprises approximately 80 different archives, estates, funds, and collections, or more than 1,300 linear meters of written material, written material of an artistic nature, and artists’ publications. The Centre’s archive and collection holdings, which are unique in their scope and diversity, are divided into personal estates, institutional archives, and collections and art archives relating to artists’ publications.

The written material includes in particular correspondence of a private and business nature as well as life documents and business documents. The published, duplicated and publicized works of art are distributed across 17 different genres: from artists’ books to artists’ magazines to artists’ newspapers, from graphic art to graphic works and ephemera to photo editions, from artists’ records to audio CDs and audio cassettes by artists; furthermore, the collection area includes multiples and edition objects and ranges from film and video editions, television art, multimedia editions and radio art to net art. The works are firmly anchored in movements such as Fluxus, Conceptual Art, Pop Art and experimental poetry from Joseph Beuys to Andy Warhol, from Hanne Darboven to the Guerilla Girls. In total, there are more than 300,000 published, reproduced and published works of art by over 3,000 artists from all over the world, making the center one of the most important institutions in this field internationally.

A comprehensive glossary on the various genres can be found under What are artists’ publications?

Special library. Database. Finding aids

The Centre for Artists’ Publications offers a special infrastructure with its special library. With over 30,000 titles and numerous periodicals, the library is the most important reference library for artists’ publications in Europe. The archive and collection holdings as well as the center’s library can be searched via an online database. Parallel to this, the archives, estates, collections and funds are each made accessible by their own online indexes.