1
Le Rituel d'anniversaire,
Sophie Calle
2019

2
Letters, Dreams & Other Writings,
Remedios Varo
2018

3
True Stories,
Sophie Calle
2018

4
Textes d'oeuvres et essais,
Adrian Piper
2003

5
Guest Book,
Leanne Shapton
2019

6
Nox,
Anne Carson
2010

7
The Ballad of Sexual Dependence,
Nan Goldin
1986

8
Learning To Love You More,
Harrell Fletcher & Miranda July
2015

9
Legsicon,
Laure Prouvost
2019

10
My Mother Laughs,
Chantal Akerman
2019

11
Ombres indigène,
Edith Dekyndt
2016

12
si/yes/oui ,
Dora Garcia
2005

13
Writings,
Agnes Martin
1991

14
Artist, Researcher, Medium,
Hilma af Klint
2020

15
To Look at The Sea Is To Become What One Is,
Etel Adnan
2014

16
Grapefruit,
Yoko Ono
2000

17
Notebooks 1967-70,
Lee Lozano


18
Duty Free Art,
Hito Steyerl
2016

19
A_Z Life Coaching,
Keren Cytter
2016

De Kunstenbibliotheek


Godshuizenlaan 2A
9000 Gent, België

 

 

From September 14th on Kunstenbibliotheek will re-open to the public in code yellow. This means that we apply the regular operation and opening hours with the exception of the number of allowed visitors (max 40 persons allowed). Further, visitors disinfect hands before and after visiting the library, register at the entrance and report to the counter    where they may be assigned a seat, if requested.  

 

We take all necessary measures to welcome you at Kunstenbibliotheek in safety.

 

You can contact us for further information via kunstenbibliotheek@hogent.be

 

Mo, Tu and We 9u00 – 18u00

    Th 9u00 – 22u00

    Fr 9u00 – 16u00

 

Closed on Weekends and bank holidays:

 

kunstenbibliotheek@hogent.be
+32 (0)9 243 36 89

 

Reglement

 

De Kunstenbibliotheek brengt de collecties van KASK, S.M.A.K., Design Museum, STAM, HISK en de Gentse Gidsen samen onder één dak. (…)

 

  



Leesroute

Suggested reading list on feminism, identity and art, on black identity/diaspora, art and culture. This reading list is only a selection, it’s based on the collection of Kunstenbibliotheek and largely inspired on selections made by guests from Kunstenbibliotheek’s program Essential Reading: #1 with Eva Barois De Caevel, #3 with Nat Muller, #5 with Christine Eyene and suggestions made by Ariella Azoulay and Els Roelandt. 

Reading Guide Diversity

Send us your zines

Proposal for a Possible Collection is a display of artists’ books, magazines, zines, ephemera and other printed matter published by small or independent publishers, independent organizations, collectives, artists or writers, collected by Kunstenbibliotheek.


Essential Reading #7

In October 2018 Inge Vinck, member of architects de vylder vinck taillieu, selected 10 books for Essential Reading 7. These were presented in Kunstenbibliotheek from 25 October to 26 November 2018. Inge Vinck made a mural in the art library on the occasion of this presentation. This mural is permanently on view at Kunstenbibliotheek. View pdf booklet

Essential Reading #7: Inge Vinck (Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu) (25.10.18 – 26.11.18)

Essential Reading #3

with Nat Muller
A public talk & discussion

opening 29.03.2018 19:00, Kunstenbibliotheek

Essential Reading #3, Nat Muller (8.03.18– 8.04. 2018)

ESSENTIAL READING

Essential Reading is a project that aims to enlarge, diversify and enrich Kunstenbibliotheek’s book collection. Which books are, today, really indispensable for an art library?  Guests of Essential Reading bring together and present in the library the books they consider most valuable in their life and work.


Essential Reading #16: Other Women’s Flowers (10.08.2020 – 28.09.2020)
Essential Reading #15: Vincent Van Velsen (18.06.20 – 15.07.20)
Essential Reading #14: Reading Together (05.02.2020 – 23.03.2020)
Essential Reading #13: Sabzian (20.11.2019 – 20.01.2020)
Essential Reading #12: Anna Colin (20.09.19 – 15.11.19)
Essential Reading #11: Laura Nsengiyumva (15.06.19 – 20.09.19)
Essential Reading #10: Topo Copy (28.04.2019 – 05.06.2019)
Essential Reading #9, Atelier Bildraum (27.02.19 – 1.04.2019)
Essential Reading #8, Valérie Mannaerts (5.12.18 – 7.02.19)
Essential Reading #7: Inge Vinck (Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu) (25.10.18 – 26.11.18)
Essential Reading#6: Peggy Totté (6.09.18 – 11.10.18)
Essential Reading #5: Christine Eyene (15.06.18 -20.08.18)
Essential Reading #4: Jolien Deceuninck & Flora Blommaert (24.04.2018 – 28.05.2018)
Essential Reading #3, Nat Muller (8.03.18– 8.04. 2018)
Essential Reading #2, Nathalie Zonnenberg (6.02.18 – 28.02.18)
Essential Reading #1, Eva Barois De Caevel (23.11.17 – 23.01.18)

BOEKS

BOEKS is a platform for showing books on the Bijloke site in Ghent. Every month, for one night, a book, its maker and publisher take center stage. Afterwards, remains stick around on walls, ceilings and floors. Along the way a BOEKS collection comes into being.

 

BOEKS celebrates printed matter, thick and thin, young and old, unique and serial, legible and illegible. Above all, BOEKS loves and highlights precisely those books that ask for it, because they are good, still unknown or fed up with the stacks or boxes they are confined to. BOEKS collaborates, contextualizes, supports and produces. The platform shows text, visual art and graphic design.

 

BOEKS is housed in the 15th-century convent corridor connecting the Kunstenbibliotheek with the STAM. BOEKS is an initiative of KASK and the Kunstenbibliotheek.

 

More info at boeks.gent


Boeks 4 Maud Gourdon
Boeks 3 Frik, pedant, schoolvos
Boeks 2 Stoppen met lezen (22.02.19 – 17.03.19)
Boeks 1 De Keyser’s Stockings

1m³

In 2015 1m3 was initiated as an exhibition space dedicated to artists’ books from Kunstenbibliotheek’s collection. A guest curator is asked to make her/his selection from the library and present it within the vitrines of 1m3. 


1M3: BiiiiiiiiiiiiiiB, Jacques André (17.02.2020-20.03.2020)
1M3: Incidental Circumstances, Oriol Vilanova (10.01.20 – 13.02.20)
1M3: Axiomes du choix (Hommage aan Olga Morano) selected by Simon Delobel
1M3: Interaction of Color, Maria Boto Ordonez (20.09.19 until 14.11.19)
1M3: 102 Craters on Venus, Sophie Nys (23.05.19 tot 30.06.19)
1M3: Wanting to be a book, Luc Derycke (22.01.19 – 22.04.19)
1M3: Feldman, Horvitz, LeWitt, Prince, Templeton & van der Weijde, Jurgen Maelfeyt (23.11.18 until 10.01.19
1m3: ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE, Thomas Desmet (24.09.18 — 20.11.18)
1m3: Wabi Sabi Letterpress: Memories of Lost Impressions, Nathalie Cohen (03.05.18 — 01.07.18)
1m3: Vorsatz, Anna Zhironkina (08.02.18 — 06.03.18)
Y.K.F.B. — Yves Klein Fading Blue, Marta Masiero (14.12.17 to 31.01.18)
1m3: A partial publication retrospective, Stefan Banz (25.10.17 — 28.11.17)
1M3: Cover Stories, Sara De Bondt (28.09.17 to 25.10.17)
1m3: I am forgetful of everything, but seeing you again, Mekhitar Garabedian (09.06.17 — 07.07.17)
1M3: The books by Leonid Miroshnik, Paul Buschmann (09.05.17 — 07.06.17)
1M3: Quadrilateral variations, Gudlaug Mia Eythorsdottir (27.03.17 to 05.05.17)
1M3: The World is a Book is a Word, Daniel Dobbelaere (03.02.17 tot 23.03.17)
1M3: MA Photo Books, Jan Kempenaers (21.12.16 tot 27.01.16)
1M3: Nieves, Gerard Herman (Groepsdruk) (11.11.16 tot 16.12.16)
1M3: Lubok Verlag, Katia Ballegeer (21.09.16 to 04.11.16)
1M3: Welcome to Imschoot Uitgevers! by Joris Dockx (03.06.16 to 01.07/16)
1M3: Ki-Kokekwa by Henri Jacobs (29.04.16 to 27.05.16)
1M3: De Enschedese School, Kasper Andreasen (03.03.16 tot 18.04.16)

Reading Guide

Suggested reading list on feminism, identity and art, on black identity/diaspora, art and culture. This reading list is only a selection, it’s based on the collection of Kunstenbibliotheek and largely inspired on selections made by guests from Kunstenbibliotheek’s program Essential Reading: #1 with Eva Barois De Caevel, #3 with Nat Muller, #5 with Christine Eyene and suggestions made by Ariella Azoulay and Els Roelandt. 


Reading Guide Diversity

StudiumReads

 
The Studium Generale is happy to announce its latest partnership with Kunstenbibliotheek: #StudiumReads! Inspired by the 2020-2021 Studium theme, i.e. DOMINATION, we are offering you an ambitious reading list of 50 inspiring works of fiction and non-fiction. Every week, we will introduce a book that exposes, questions and/or challenges paradigms, constellations and practices of dominance. The reading list will cover a multitude of disciplines in science, art and culture. 
 
Our first #StudiumReads book is Ariella Aisha Azoulay’s Potential History – Unlearning Imperialism. Azoulay, Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, calls on us to recognise the imperial foundations of knowledge and to resist them. She argues that the institutions that govern and make our world – from archives and museums to ideas of citizenship, human rights, and history – are imperial modes of ordering time, space and politics. 
 
Azoulay’s Potential History – Unlearning Imperialism will be available for lending from Wednesday 16 September to the 23rd of September at Kunstenbibliotheek’s front desk. Remember: first come, first serve!


Acquisitions

Kunstenbibliotheek closely follows up the artscene and weekly presents new aquisitions. Next to general collection development, Kunstenbibliotheek focusses on the following themes:

 

• The city of Ghent, books on artists, designers, architects or writers born or living in Ghent.

• Publications linked to the activities of Kunstenbibliotheek’s different partners (KASK, Design museum Gent, HISK, SMAK, STAM, Gentse Gidsen). Kunstenbibliotheek’s collection wants to become an accurate reflection of the activities of collaborators, staff, guests, alumni or students)

• Positions from the so-called geographical and/or intellectual periphery: publications on art and art theory from Asia, Middle East, Africa, South America with a special attention for decolonization theory, gender and LGBTQ studies.

• In the past three years a first catch-up movement was made in collecting publications about and from female artists and/or authors or curators. Kunstenbibliotheek continues this policy in the year to come.


Acquisitions September 2020 (Selection)
Acquisitions August 2020 (Selection)
Acquisitions June 2020 (Selection)
Acquisitions May 2020 (Selection)
Acquisitions April 2020 (selection)
Acquisitions March 2020 (selection)
Acquisitions February 2020 (Selection)
acquisitions January 2020 (selection)
Acquisitions December 2019 (Selection)
Acquisitions November 2019 (selection)
Acquisitions October 2019 (selection)
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Acquisitions July 2019 (selection)
Acquisitions June 2019 (selection)
Acquisitions May 2019 (selection)
Acquisitions April 2019 (selection)
Acquisitions March 2019 (selection)
Acquisitions February 2019 (selection)

Artists’ books

The collection of artists’ books contains special editions and limited edition books. A large part of the collection is dedicated to Cobra, minimal and conceptual art. 

 

In addition to publications published by artists under their own management, work by specialised publishers such as Lubok Verlag, Edition Hansjörg Mayer, MER Paper Kunsthalle, APE and Roma Publications, Nieves Books, etc. is collected.  

 

The collection is searchable in the catalogue and via the image bank. The publications themselves are available on request and can be consulted by appointment. 


Collection Artistbooks (selection)

Magazines

The current volumes of the magazine subscriptions are available in the art library but are not lent out. Articles from previous years can be requested by e-mail. 


Magazines: Architecture and Landscape architecture
Magazines: Visual arts
Magazines: Performing Arts and Audiovisual Arts
Magazines: Design

Zines

In the summer of 2018 Kunstenbibliotheek started its Zines collection. This collection has not yet been catalogued.


Zine Collection (selection)

Karel Geirlandt Collection

The Karel Geirlandt Collection is named after the first chairman of the Association for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent (now SMAK). The collection was started when the Association was founded and grew with the museum. It forms a closed whole and contains books on art from 1945 to 2003 with a specialisation in conceptual and minimal art in Europe and the United States, and the artworks and artists collected by SMAK. This collection can only be consulted in the library. 


Collection Karel Geirlandt (selection)

Databases

Art Source
Arts Premium Collection

Artstor

 

Interesting:

Google Scholar
CaGeWeb
Apache


Artistic Archive

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) was founded by painter Ph. K. Marissal in 1748. KASK’s archive dates from 1770 and was supplemented until the middle of the 20th century. It consists of an arts archive and an administrative archive. 

The arts archive consists mainly of academic drawings, architecture and visual arts, as well as sculptures, paintings and posters. The academic drawings contain examples of the different drawing methods that were taught, more specifically drawing according to prints, plaster or living models. 

 

The collection includes drawings by artists from the Latem group, such as Gust De Smet, Léon De Smet, Albert Servaes and architectural drawings by former students such as Alphons Groothaert, Victor Horta, Geo Henderick, G.Eysselink, paintings awarded the J.Pipyn prize by H.Malfait, J.Burssens, Steve Schepens, Steven Balen and others. 

 

The art archive can be consulted via the catalogue and the image bank http://bib.hogent.be and can be viewed by appointment. 


Collection Artistic Archive