Database and Finding Aids

The archive and collection holdings as well as the library of the Centre for Artists’ Publications can be searched via an online database. In parallel, the archives, estates, collections, and funds are each indexed by their own online indexes.

The extended database search corresponds to both a full text search and a targeted search using freely selectable categories. The search covers the entire holdings of the Centre for Artists’ Publications, as far as they are recorded.

Search Database


Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst
Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen
Teerhof 20, 28199 Bremen

Telephone +49 (0)421 59839 40


The establishment of the research database was generously funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the “Contemporary Art History for Tomorrow” project.


Online Finding Aids

The extensive holdings of the Centre for Artists’ Publications include independent archives, collections on topics, estates, and funds on individual artists. They are made accessible via online indexes, which provide a structured listing of all artworks and other materials. The online finding aids are listed alphabetically. Searches can be made either by title or by the person who created the inventory.

The online search will soon be implemented in this website of the Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst. Until then, please contact the Centre for Artists’ Publications for urgent inquiries.


Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst
Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen
Teerhof 20, 28199 Bremen

Telefon +49 (0)421 59839 40

Copyrights Data Base and Finding Aids

The images in the database and finding aids are part of a service provided by the Centre for Artists’ Publications. The image files in small resolution are published here for research and information purposes.

For all commercial publications, regardless of the medium, permission for reproduction must be obtained in writing from the Centre for Artists’ Publications, stating the purpose of use. Reproduction permission is subject to the acquisition of the high-resolution image data. The fees are based on the applicable fee schedule of the Center for Artists’ Publications. This regulation does not affect the image rights and copyrights of third parties – explicit reference is made to the relevant rights holders. These concern the exploitation rights to the work of art, generally referred to as “work” in copyright law, and the exploitation rights to the photograph of the work of art, referred to as “photograph” in copyright law.

The author of the work of art is the artist. The exploitation rights belong to him/her and can be transferred to his/her heirs up to 70 years after his/her death. (§ 64 UrhG) After that, the copyright expires and the work of art is in the public domain. Specifically, this means that copyright claims can only be made if the work of art in question is by an artist who has been deceased for less than 70 years. The exploitation rights for all artists up to 70 years after their death are regulated by the Verwertungsgesellschaft Bild-Kunst, provided that the artists are registered with it. Permission must be obtained from VG Bild-Kunst for any use, publication or making available to the public, and in most cases a fee must be paid.

Photographs of works of art, the so-called Lichtbilder or Lichtbildwerke, are also protected under copyright law (Section 72 UrhG, so-called ancillary copyright). If it is a photo, which was created by simple technical photographing of a mostly two-dimensional original, a so-called photographic image is created. The protection expires 50 years after the production of the photograph or 50 years after its first permitted appearance. If it is a photo that has its own work quality, e.g. through the choice of angle and lighting, it is considered a so-called photographic work and is protected as such for 70 years after the death of the photographer (Section 64 UrhG). In the case of photographs of three-dimensional originals (sculptures, etc.), a photographic work is therefore generally created. For any use, publication or making available to the public, permission must be obtained from the photographers or responsible institutions (e.g. picture archives, publishers, VG Bild-Kunst). We make every effort to appropriately identify the rights holders of the photographs. If necessary, you will have to research them yourself; in most cases, the information in the picture credits indicating the source of the image can help.

The Centre for Artist’s Publications, as well as the photographer and copyright holder, must be credited in an image credit as indicated on the image. A specimen copy must be sent to the Centre for Artist’s Publications without being asked.

For questions, please contact or call +49 (0)421-59839-45.

Online platform

The meta-database connects different European archives of contemporary art and their digital databases. It provides information about the institutions and their collections and archives, about artists and exhibitions, and delivers results from the participating databases via an overarching, technically sophisticated search mask. was founded in a cooperation between “basis wien – Kunst, Information und Archiv” and “Kunstbulletin” from Zurich as part of the project “vektor – European Contemporary Art Archives”, which took place between 2000 and 2003 with the support of the European Commission within the framework of “Culture 2000”. Since 2014, the online database of the Centre for Artists’ Publications has been part of the network.