1
The Carthographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion,
Kei Miller
2014

2
Augustown,
Kei Miller
2017

3
White Girls,
Hilton Als
2014

4
The Beautiful Struggle,
Ta-Nehisi Coates
2016

5
Between the World and Me,
Ta-Nehisi Coates
2015

7
Liquid Intelligence,
Ellen Gallagher
2020

8
Festacc '77,
Chimurenga
2019

9
Among Others. Blackness at MoMA,
Darby English
2019

10
Welcome to the Jungle,
K. Mercer
1994

11
Discours on Colonialism,
Aimé Césaire
2000

12
Don't let me be Lonely,
Claudia Rankine
2017

13
Vampire in the Text,
Jean Fisher
2003

14
In the Wake. On Blackness and Being,
Christina Sharp
2016

15
Le Modèle Noir,
Laurence Des Cars
2019

16
Steve McQueen. Works,
Okwui Enwezor
2020

17
In a while or two we will find the tone,
Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung


18
Wij slaven van Suriname,
Anton De Kom
2020

De Kunstenbibliotheek


Godshuizenlaan 2A
9000 Gent, België

 

Closed during the summer from 13 July until 7 August

 

Due to the Corona-measurements, the library will not be accessible for the public, until further notice.
The library staff however is at your service for collecting reservations and/or returning books.
Borrowing and returning books is only possible after reservation and by appointment. You can contact us via kunstenbibliotheek@hogent.be

 

All loans are automatically extended until 1 September

 

Mo, Tu en 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 #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

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 LGBT studies.

• In the past year 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 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)
Acquisitions September 2019 (selection)
Acquisitions August 2019 (selection)
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