Witte suprematie & ik : hoe je je privilege (h)erkent, racisme bestrijdt en de wereld verandert.,
Saad, Layla F.; Boelens, Koen; Zwaan, Helen; Beks, Neske

bekijk in catalogus
Gotico-Antiqua, Proto-Roman, Hybrid : 15th Century types between gothic and roman : caractères du XVe siècle entre Gothique et Romain.,
Kirchstetter, Christelle; Atelier National de Recherche Typographique, Nancy; Huot-Marchand, Thomas

bekijk in catalogus
Tom Król : Limbo.,
Król, Tom

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A little devil in America : notes in praise of black performance,
Abdurraqib, Hanif

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The Floor Is Uneven. Does it slope?,
Herman, Laura; Andersen, Henry; Athanasiadou, Lila; Thorp Brown, Ben; Crawford, Lucas; Fritz, Bryana; Kosugi, Daisuke; McSweeney, Joyelle; Niquille, Simone C.; Zins-Browne, Andros

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Moyra Davey - Peter Hujar : The Shabbiness of Beauty.,
Davey, Moyra Hujar, Peter

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Sacred Intent : Genesis Breyer P-Orridge : Conversations with Carl Abrahamsson : 1986-2019 : With 50 photographic portraits.,
Breyer P-Orridge

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Zonder wrijving geen glans : identiteit en waarden op school : met praktijkwijzer voor leraren.,
Loobuyck, Patrick; Scheffer, Paul; Sieckelinck, Stijn; Ang, Winny; Matheusen, Fanny; Le Roi, Emilie; Benhaddou, Khalid

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Jane Jin Kaisen : Community of Parting.,
Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Kopenhagen

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Light in the dark : rewriting identity, spirituality, reality,
Anzaldúa, Gloria E.; Keating, AnaLouise

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Touching feeling : affect, pedagogy, performativity,
Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky

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Mischa Kuball : Referenz Räume.,
Müller, Vannessa Joan; Horn, Daniel; Steinweg, Marcus; Haberer, Lilian; Beitin, Andreas; Broeke, Holger; Emslander, Fritz

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Through the Mask ,
Peter, Aurelia

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Pulmo Marina.,
Froment, Aurélien

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Uriel Orlow : Conversing with leaves.,
Böttcher, Stephanie

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Dissent Without Modification : The 1990s : An archive of previously unpublished prescient interviews reflecting on the current state of the world,
Ndiritu, Grace; Sterling, Lisha; Sambunaris, Victoria; Emsley, Laura; Bacos, Nina; Chetwynd, Monster; Böhm, Kathrin; Popp, Nancy

bekijk in catalogus
String figures : The Collections of Harry Smith : Catalogue Raisonné, Volume II,
Klacsmann, John; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Lampert, Andrew

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Thomas Hirschhorn : Deleuze monument,
Dezeuze, Anna.; Hirschhorn, Thomas.

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Painting : Funny Peculiar.,
Quaife, Magnus; Sillman, Amy; Barber, Fionna; Gordon, Melissa; Garnett, Robert

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Wild things : the disorder of desire,
Halberstam, Jack

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Mandla Reuter : No Such St.,
De Vleeshal, Middelburg; Kunsthalle Basel; Benedetti, Lorenzo; Szymczyk, Adam

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The bones of the world.,
Berrios, Maria; Cervetto, Renata; Lagnado, Lisette; Pérez Rubio, Agustin

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Van roken ga je dood.,

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Hannelore Van Dijck : een vogel vliegt op /.,
Van Dijck, Hannelore

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Anna Boghiguian.,
Carré d'Art, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Nîmes

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Lee Lozano : not working,
Applin, Jo.

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The Columbia anthology of modern Japanese drama,
Rimer, J. Thomas; Mori, Mitsuya; Poulton, M. Cody; Rimer, J. Thomas; Mōri, Mitsuya; Poulton, M. Cody

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Blind maps and blue dots : the blurring of the producer-user divide in the production of visual information,
Grootens, Joost

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The aesthetics of ambiguity : understanding and addressing monoculture.,
Gielen, Pascal; Haq, Nav

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Art & Language Uncompleted : The Philippe Méaille Collection.,
Capdevila, Ester; Moll, Bettina; Plasencia, Clara

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De juiste boom voor elke tuin,
Hermy, Maarten

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A history of Arab graphic design,
Shehab, Bahia; Nawar, Haytham

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Emeka Ogboh - Lagos soundscapes,
Galerie Imane Farès, Paris; Nzewi, Ugochukwu-Smooth C.; Ogboh, Emeka.

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Thomas Hirschhorn : Robert Walser-Sculpture : mit Bielerinnen, Bielern und anderen.,
Walser, Robert

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De Kunstenbibliotheek

Godshuizenlaan 2A
9000 Gent, België



UPDATE COVID-19 (from September 13th):


The library is freely accessible, the wearing of face and nose covering is required upon moving in the building.

For questions contact us at kunstenbibliotheek@hogent.be


Mo, Tu, We 9:00 – 18:00

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closed on weekends and bank holidays

closed during the holidays: 1, 2, 11, 12, 15 November


+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).




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: A Collection of Pages by Marc Nagtzaam (30.09. – 03.12.21)
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)
1M³: 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)


With Summershelves our library invites a smaller book collection to present their library in our Cellarium throughout the summer.

Summershelves 2021 Graffiti Vzw

Reading Guide

Research can be a maze many struggle to make sense of. With our little selection on specific topics, the Kunstenbibliotheek is trying to help you find your way through our vast collection. Since we constantly are making an effort to give space to & focus on marginalized topics, this list will be regularly updated. We are still learning. Our little labyrinth logo on the book’s spine will help you find the suggested books in the shelves. Enjoy! 

Reading Guide feminism
Reading Guide Black Identity
Reading Guide LGBTQ+


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 October 2021 (selection)
Acquisitions September 2021 (selection)
Acquisitions August 2021 (selection)
Acquisitions July 2021 (selection)
Acquisitions June 2021 (selection)
Acquisitions May 2021 (selection)
Acquisitions April 2021 (selection)
Acquisitions March 2021 (selection)
Acquisitions February 2021 (selection)
Acquisitions January 2021 (selection)
Acquisitions October 2020 (Selection)
Acquisitions September 2020 (Selection)
Acquisitions August 2020 (Selection)
Acquisitions June 2020 (Selection)
Acquisitions May 2020 (Selection)
Acquisitions March 2020 (selection)
Acquisitions February 2020 (Selection)
acquisitions January 2020 (selection)

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:

Artists’ Books September 2021


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: Visual arts 2021
Magazines: Architecture and Landscape architecture 2021
Magazines: Performing Arts and Audiovisual Arts 2021
Magazines: Design 2021

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, Gaston Eysselinck, 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


In the summer of 2018 Kunstenbibliotheek started its Zine collection to preserve recent & independent creations. This unique collection is constantly growing and we invite artists and writers to send us their self-published printed works.

Zine Collection (selection)