Caliban and the Witch : Women, the body and primitive accumulation,
Federici, Silvia

bekijk in catalogus
Black, Brown+ Latinx Design Educators : Conversations on Design and Race,
Walters, Kelly

bekijk in catalogus
Blended learning en onderwijsontwerp : Van theorie naar praktijk,
Last, Barend; Jongen, Stefan

bekijk in catalogus
Symbiotic Planet : (A new look at evolution),
Margulis, Lynn

bekijk in catalogus
Ideas to postpone the end of the world,
Krenak, Ailton; Doyle, Anthony

bekijk in catalogus
Freedom is not Free,
Mohadjerin, Mashid

bekijk in catalogus
Éliane Radigue : Intermediary Spaces.,
Eckhardt, Julia; Deuxant, Benoit; Caro, Jean-François; Weber, Eleanor Ivory

bekijk in catalogus
Be Like Teflon,
Kaur, Jasleen; Glasgow Women's Library; Sandhu, Amanprit

bekijk in catalogus
Nadia Kaabi-Linke : Matter Matters / : <2016,
Dallas Contemporary, Dallas; Kaabi-Linke, Timo

bekijk in catalogus
Slime Dynamics : Generation, Mutation, and the Creep of Life,
Woodard, Ben

bekijk in catalogus
Landscrapers : building with the land,
Betsky, Aaron

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Robert Mangold,
Mangold, Robert; Pace Gallery, New York; Storr, Robert

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Samen monumenten vieren : 1 dag - 30 verhalen : 30 jaar Open Monumentendag.,
De Rynck, Patrick; Dorau, Tom; Knuts, Stijn; Leyman, Dirk; Rinckhout, Eric; Ulens, Jakob; Vandebroek, Hannelore; Van der Hallen, Peter

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The Education of a Gardener,
Page, Russell; Fox, Robin Lane

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Teasing Typography / : Visual study about the behavior of typography, using grids to push type to the limits, therefore provoking graphic phenomenons, patterns and structures with the package leaflet of a painkiller as a dummy-text,
Harmsen, Lars; Kahl, Julia

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The Faculty of Sensing - Thinking with, through, and by Anton Wilhelm Amo,
Amo, Anton Wilhelm; Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig; Hillgärtner, Jule; Kaczmarek, Nele; Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Bonaventure

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Systematic book design? / : It seemed to me...,
Hochuli, Jost; Morgan, John

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The Politics of Design,
Pater, Ruben

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Sonja Sekula & Friends,
Fetzer, Fanni; Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern; Pollock, Griselda; Müller, Dominik

bekijk in catalogus
The Universe and Art : Princess Kaguya, Leonardo da Vinci, teamLab.,
Reiko, Tsubaki; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Hitomi, Sasaki; Miho, Tagomori; Akio, Takashiro; Yasumasa, Akashi

bekijk in catalogus
Sarah Lucas : au naturel.,
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Hammer Museum

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Wolfgang Tilmans : abstract pictures.,
Eichler, Dominic

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De Kunstenbibliotheek

Godshuizenlaan 2A
9000 Gent, België



UPDATE COVID-19: code red


The library can only be visited by appointment.

Students and staff members of KASK & Conservatorium – School of Arts (HOGENT) can make a reservation through ASIMUT.

During the exam period students only of HOGENT are able to reserve ‘study sessions’ up to 3 times a week. 

All other visitors, members of the library, can request books or make an appointment via kunstenbibliotheek@hogent.be 


Mo, Tu, We, Th 9u00 – 18u00

    Fr 9u00 – 16u00


closed on weekends and bank holidays

closed during Summer: 12 July-15 August 2021


+32 (0)9 243 36 89



Kunstenbibliotheek brings together the collections of KASK (School of Arts – HOGENT), S.M.A.K., Design Museum, STAM, HISK and the Gentse Gidsen under one roof.
Kunstenbibliotheek is managed by KASK & Conservatorium (School of Arts – HOGENT).



Post Comics

On Thursday 22 October 2020 (from 6 p.m.) BOEKS 6 is presented: ‘Post-Comics. Beyond Comics, Illustration and The Graphic Novel’ (based on a concept by Sébastien Conard), Boeks 6 includes an expo, a printing performance and a lecture. In the cellarium, work by graphic design students (KASK) will be shown in a scenography by KASK alumnus graphic design Linh Dong.

Boeks 6 Post-Comics. Beyond Comics, Illustration and The Graphic Novel


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 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 #21: Yasmine Ostendrof
Essential Reading #20: Les VoiZines
Essential Reading #19: Jozef Wouters / Decoratelier
Essential Reading #18: Lucy McKenzie (30.11.2020 – 18.02.2021)
Essential Reading #17: Heide Hinrichs (1.10.2020 – 20.11.2020)
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 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 cellarium, a 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 7: 366!
Boeks 6 Post-Comics. Beyond Comics, Illustration and The Graphic Novel
Boeks 5 Astrid Seme, Baroness Elsa’s em dashes
Boeks 4 Maud Gourdon
Boeks 3 Frik, pedant, schoolvos
Boeks 2 Stoppen met lezen
Boeks 1 De Keyser’s Stockings


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: 12 Frames by Nathan Ishar & Sofie Frederix (29/1/21-22/4/21)
1M3:Each line is an axis of the world – a selection for post-comics by Sébastien Conard & Ilan Manouach (22.10.20-27.11.20)
1M3: Artistes Libres, Ines Claus (28.09.20 – 18.10.20)
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


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. 

This week, Studium is happy to be reading the new Dutch translation of Audre Lorde’s exquisite and influental work: Sister Outsider. Sister Outsider (originally published in 1984) is a collection of essays related to Lorde’s personal, professional and creative experiences with lesbophobia, racism, ageism, classism and feminism. Lorde strongly believed in honoring, and acknowledging each other’s differences as a driving force behind the women’s movement. This new translation, by Jenny Mijnhijmer, is out since October 2020 and is a publication by Uitgeverij Pluim in collaboration with Dipsaus Podcast.




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.

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Artists’ books

The artists’ books collection comprises different types of artist’s publications, limited editions, book objects, and other multiples. The collection is devoted to historical as well as contemporary bookworks. A large part of the historical collection comprises books of the 20th century avantgarde movements and minimal art, whereas the contemporary section has a specialized focus on artist’s self-publishing of the recent years.


In addition to the self-published works by artists, the collection carries works by specialised publishers such as Lubok, Motto Books, MER Paper Kunsthalle, Art Paper Editions, Roma Publications, and Imschoot Uitgevers, etc. The collection can be consulted via the online catalogue and the image bank. The publications themselves are available on request by making an appointment.


A selection of the book presentations can be found at:

Collection Artistbooks (selection)


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


In the summer of 2018 Kunstenbibliotheek started its Zines collection. This collection is constantly growing and we invite artists and writers to send us their self-published works.

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)


Consult the databases at home (only for students and staff KASK & Conservatorium)

Art & Architecture Source
Arts Premium Collection




Google Scholar

Artistic Archive

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) was founded by painter Ph. K. Marissal in 1751. 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, C.K.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