Making Faces-a jewelery playbook,
Manon van Kokswijk

A Year Without A Winter,
Dehlia Hannah

Ornament and Crime,
Adolf Loos

A Life Made by Hand. The Story of Ruth Asawa,
Andrea D'Aquino

Invisble Women,
Caroline Criado Perez

The Place is Here,
Nick Aikens

Marsden Hartley. The Earth is All I Know of Wonder,

Simplicity, A Matter of Design,
Per Mollerup

Tomorrow's Sculpture,
Katinka Bock

La vie en rose,
Malick Sidibé

Ninth Street Women,
Mary Gabriel

James Machin,
The Decorative Imagination of Arthur Machen

The Art of Miyazaki's Spirited Away,
Hayao Miyazaki

Starting Point 1979-199§,
John Lasseter

Vivian Suter,
Miciah Hussey

Ilya Kabakov. The Man Who Flew into Space from his Apartment,
Boris Groys


Chagall, Picasso, Mondriaan en anderen. Migranten in Parijs,
Jan Willem Sieburgh



Lee Krasner. Living Colour,
Eleanor Nairne

Blind Faith. Between the visceral and the cognitive in Contemporary Art,
Okwui Enwezor

The Art of Howl's Moving Castle,
Hayao Miyazaki

Femme Type,
Amber Weaver

Maria Lai. Holding the Sun by the Hand,
Bartolomeo Pietromarchi

Turning Point. 1997-2008,
Beth Cary

Bühnenbilder. Silke Otto-Knapp,
John Rasmussen

The Art of Princess Mononoke,
Hayao Miyazaki

Travelling to the Sun through the Night,
Kiluanji Kia Henda

Mari Katayama

Julian Scharrière. An Invitation to Disappear,
Dehlia Hannah

Paul Cox. Design and Art,

Marguerite Humeau. FOXP2,

Quant by Quant,
Mary Quant

The Uncaring, Intricate World,
Pamela Reynolds

Georgia O'Keeffe,
Visions of Hawai'i

Studio Ghibli,
Colin Odell & Michelle Le Blanc

Fabian Knecht. Anti Körper Antibody,
Dehlia Hannah

Laure Prouvost Deep See Blue Surrounding You / Vois ce bleu profond te fondre,
Martha Kirszenbaum

Through the Flower. My struggle as a Woman Artist,
Judy Chicago

If A Bus Could Talk. The Story of Rosa Parks,
Faith Ringgold

Filosoferen over de Islam,
Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Un féminisme décolonial,
Françoise Vergès

Garments Against Women,
Anne Boyer

Sontag: Her Life,
Benjamin Moser

Jane Jacobs. The last interview,
Jane Jacobs

Vital little Plans,
Jane Jacobs

Dewey for Artists,
Mary Jane Jacobs

The Life and Death of Great American Cities,
Jane Jacobs

Hot Cold Heavy Light. 100 Art Writings 1988 - 2018,
Peter Schjeldahl

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1M3: Maria Boto Ordonez, Interaction of Color

In the mid-­‐20th century, Josef Albers revolutionised the art world with the publication of his book “Interaction of Color”. Published for the first time in 1963 by Yale University Press, it contained a limited edition of 150 silkscreen plates, where Albers showed the relativity of colour. Until that time, colour, a fundamental part of art education, had been limited to static systems of colour combinations. In disagreement with this approach, Albers questioned this immobility and the separation between the physical colour and perception by developing a series of exercises in collaboration with his students. During his lessons, they explored different aspects of colour behaviour by testing colour combinations, shapes, and techniques. These exercises are collected in “Interaction of Color”, translating what was born as an experimental teaching tool, into one of the most used reference books in colour studies nowadays. For 1M³ some of the silkscreen plates from the first edition are shown along with other Artists’ Books from the HoGent School of Arts Kunstenbibliotheek collection. In these books, colour plays a leading role, and its forms and application remind us of the research developed by Josef Albers. 

1M3: Interaction of Color, Maria Boto Ordonez (20.09.19 until 14.11.19)

Lecture Anna Colin

Kunstenbibliotheek is proud to present a lecture by Anna Colin: Art education: alternative, situated

3 October 2019 starting at 19h30 


Starting from the case of Open School East, a collaborative, versatile and non-exclusive space for artistic learning co-founded and directed by Anna Colin in London, then Margate, UK, the lecture will explore the conceptual, organisational and physical qualities that make a learning, social and art centre alternative. Anna will draw on her PhD research titled ‘What makes a space alternative?’. She will examine a range of pedagogical and social engagement tools across time, and the role of architectural space in facilitating such practices.


Anna Colin is a curator, professor and researcher. She is co-founder and co-chair of the Open School East in Margate (Great Britain), an informal pedagogical and socio-cultural institution for artistic development and knowledge exchange between different local and other artistic communities. Anna has been curator of Lafayette Anticipations since 2014 – the foundation of the company Galeries Lafayette in Paris – and is a PhD student at the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham where she conducts trans-historical and geographical research into so-called alternative pedagogical and sociocultural institutions. Anna Colin was director at Bétonsalon – Centre for Art and Research, Paris (2011-12), curator at Maison populaire, Montreuil (2012) and at Gasworks, London (2007-10).

Essential Reading #12: Anna Colin (20.09.19 – 15.11.19)


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.

Boeks 2: Stoppen met Lezen

Until 17 March the presentation Boeks 2: Stoppen met Lezen runs, a project by the Antwerp project space Troebel Neyntje and Idris Sevenans. The poet-visual artists Marcel Broodthaers and Marcel van Maele already played in the 1960s with making their collections of poems unreadable. Following these godfathers of the illegible, Sevenans and Troebel Neyntje and a group of students graphic design and installation try to put us on the right track. 

Boeks 2 Stoppen met lezen (22.02.19 – 17.03.19)

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 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 #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 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


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: 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


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 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)


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 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)


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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