1
A Synthesis of Institutions,
Adrian Piper
2016


2
The Darker Side of Western Modernity,
Walter Mignolo
2011


3
Critique of Black Reason,
Achille Mbembe
2013


4
The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness,
Paul Gilroy
1995


5
Your Silence Will Not Protect You,
Audre Lorde
2017


6
Men Explain Things to Me,
Rebecca Solnit
2014


7
Nijinga, Histoire d'une reine geurrière,
Linda M. Heywood
2018


8
White Innocence,
Gloria Wekker
2016


9
The Fateful Triangle,
Stuart Hall
2018


10
Where is Ana Mendieta?,
Blocker, Jane
1999


11
Something We Africans Got,
Periodical


12
Philosophie de la relation,
Eduard Glissant
2009


13
Staying with the trouble,
Donna Haraway
2016


14
Women Artists. The Linda Nochlin Reader,
Linda Nochlin
2015


15
Women Race and Class,
Angela Davis
1983


16
Who Touched Me,
Fred Moten
2016


17
Gender Trouble,
Judith Butler
2006


18
Girls Like Us,
Periodical


19
Kumbuka,
Françoise Vergès
2018


20
Hello World,
Udo Kittelman
2018


21
Décolonisons les arts,
Françoise Vergès
2018


22
Orientalism,
Edward W. Said


23
Post War,
Okwui Enwezor
2016


24
Feminist Filmstudies,
Karen Hollinger
2012


25
How We see: Photobooks by Women,
Russet Lederman
2018


26
Resist!,
Christine Eyene
2018


27
We Don't Need Another Hero,
2018


28
On being Included. Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life.,
Sara Ahmed
2012


29
The Freedom Artist,
Ben Okri
2019


30
Black Refractions. The Studio Museum in Harlem.,
Connie Choi
2019


31
Flaneuse. Women Walk the City,
Lauren Elkin
2016


32
Architecture and Feminisms,
Hélène Frichot
2018


33
Black Africans in Renaissance Europe,
T.F. Earle and K.J.P. Lowe
2005


34
Women House,
Camille Morineau
2018


35
Project 1975. Contemporary Art and the Postcolonial Unconscious,
Jelle Bouwhuis
2014


36
Flash of the Spirit,
Robert Farris Thompson
1993


37
Unmapping the Renaissance,
Angelika Stephen
2015


38
Recipes for Survival,
Maria Thereza Alves


39
The Undercommons,
Stefano Harney & Fred Moten
2016


40
A series of utterly improbable, yet extraordinary renditions,
Arthur Jafa
2017


41
Is Art History Global,
James Elkins
2017


42
Teaching to Transgress,
Bell Hooks
1994


43
White Fragility,
Robin di Angelo
2019


44
Radical Presence: Black performance in contemporary art,
Yona Backer
2013


45
Wanneer we spreken over kolonisatie ,
Donatien Dibwe Dia Nwembu
2017


46
Het einde van de witte wereld,
Olivia U. Rutazibwa
2019


47
Politics of Recognition: Multiculturalism and the Politics of Recognition: An essay,
Charles Taylor
1992


48
Why I am no longer talking to white people about race,
Redi Eddo-Lodge
2018


49
All about Love,
Bell Hooks
2016


50
Another Gaze,
Daniella Shreir
2018


51
Re-Materializing Feminism,
Alice Brooks & Gulia Smith; Rozsa Farkas
2014


52
Un féminisme décolonial,
Françoise Vergès
2019


53
If a Bus Could Talk,
Faith Ringgold


54
Invisible Women,
Caroline Criado Perez
2019


55
The Place is Here,
Nick Aikens
2019


56
Le modèle noir,
Annie Dufour
2019


57
Susan Sontag,
Benjamin Moser
2019


58
Decolonizing Methodologies,
Linda Tuhiwai
2012


59
Feminism is Queer,
Marinucci Mimi
2016


60
Radical Virtuosity. Ana Mendieta and the Black Atlantic,
Genevieve Hyacinthe
2019


61
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation,
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
2016


62
The Witch as Muse. Art, Gender, and Power in Early Modern Europe,
Linda C. Hults
2005


63
Potential History. Unlearning Imperialism,
Ariella Azoulay
2019


64
Sortir de la grande nuit,
Achille Mbembe
2013


65
The Art of Queerin in Art,
Henry Rogers
2007


66
Holy Skirts,
Rene Steinke
2005


67
Voyaging Out: British Women Artists from Suffrage to the Sixties ,
Carolyn Trant
2019


68
What's the Use,
Sara Ahmed
2019


69
Afrotopia,
Felwine Sarr
2013


70
Testo Junkie,
Paul B. Preciado
2013


71
Picasso In Palestine,
Els Roelandt
2012


72
Wij Slaven van Suriname,
Anton De Kom
2020


73
Producing Futures. A Book on Post-Cyber-Feminism,
Heike Munder, Paul B. Preciado
2019


74
Augustown,
Kei Miller
2017


75
Brutalisme,
Achille Mbembe
2020


76
Recollections of My Non-Existence,
Rebecca Solnit
2020


77
In Search of Africa (s),
Souleymane Bachir Diagne
2020


78
After Empire,
Paul Gilroy
2004


79
Don't Let me Be Lonely,
Claudia Rankine
2017


80
Huit leçons sur l'Afrique,
Alain Mabanckou
2020


81
Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women,
Sylvia Federici
2018


82
Race, Gender and The Activism of Black Feminist Theory,
Suryia Nayak
2014


83
Narrative of Sojourner Truth,
Sojourner Truth
2018


84
Sounds Like Her,
Christine Eyene
2020


85
Bauhaus Imaginista,
Marion Von Osten
2019


86
Unspeakable Acts. Women, Art and Sexual Violence in the 1970s,
Nancy Princenthal
2019


87
Duress: Imperial Durabilities in Our Times,
Ann Laura Stoler
2016


88
Feminism and ecological communities,
Christine Cuomo
1997


89
Cruising Utopia. The then and there of queer futurity,
José Esteban Munoz
2009


90
We Who Feel Differently,
Carlos Motta
2011


91
The Xenofeminist Manifesto: A Politics for Alienation,
Laboria Cuboniks
2018


92
The Posthuman,
Rosi Braidotti
2013


De Kunstenbibliotheek


Godshuizenlaan 2A
9000 Gent, België

 

 

Mo, Tu, We 9:00 – 18:00

Th 9:00 – 21:00

    Fr 9:00 – 16:00

 

closed on weekends and bank holidays

 

Summer holidays July 8th – August 18th

 

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

 

 

How to become a member

 

Recommend a book 

 

Regulations
 

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).

 

Floorplan

 

  



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 #36: Bert De Jonghe
Essential Reading #35: Benny Nemer
Essential Reading #34: Ezra Veldhuis & Bosse Provoost
Essential Reading #33: Chris Lee
Essential Reading #32: Liesbeth Henderickx
Essential Reading #31: Rokko
Essential Reading #30 Harlind Libbrecht
Essential Reading #29: Dominique De Groen
Essential Reading #28: Kato Six
Essential Reading #27: Elephy
Essential Reading #26 : William J. Simmons
Essential Reading #25 Design Fest Gent
Essential Reading #24: åbäke
Essential Reading #23: Rile Space
Essential Reading #22: Azam Masoumzadeh
Essential Reading #21: Yasmine Ostendorf
Essential Reading #20: Les VoiZines
Essential Reading #19: Jozef Wouters / Decoratelier
Essential Reading #18: Lucy McKenzie
Essential Reading #17: Heide Hinrichs
Essential Reading #16: Other Women’s Flowers
Essential Reading #15: Vincent Van Velsen (18.06.20 – 15.07.20)
Essential Reading #14: Reading Together
Essential Reading #13: Sabzian
Essential Reading #12: Anna Colin
Essential Reading #11: Laura Nsengiyumva
Essential Reading #10: Topo Copy
Essential Reading #9: Atelier Bildraum
Essential Reading #8: Valérie Mannaerts
Essential Reading #7: Inge Vinck (Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu)
Essential Reading#6: Peggy Totté
Essential Reading #5: Christine Eyene
Essential Reading #4: Jolien Deceuninck & Flora Blommaert
Essential Reading #3: Nat Muller
Essential Reading #2: Nathalie Zonnenberg
Essential Reading #1: Eva Barois De Caevel

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 houses in 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 16 LEARNING
BOEKS 15 Character
BOEKS 14 ‘OM (أُمّ, moeder)
BOEKS 12 MASTERPUBLICATIES 2022-2023
BOEKS 11 IMPORT-EXPORT, FRIPERIE Mekhitar Garabedian
BOEKS 11 VEERKRACHT THUIS!
Boeks 10 FIVE WORKS Philip Metten
Boeks 9 MMDC3 Angie Keefer & Julie Peeters
Boeks 8 The Misadventures of Plank Communication Center
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

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: Pantomime of Nostalgia, selected by Ipek Aytekin
1M³: After a brief history of artists’ publications selected by Kunstenbibliotheek
1M³: Please discuss the absence of female artists, selected by Laura Sofía Arbeláez & Laurine Tribolet
1M³: UM…YEAH…IN-BETWEEN SPACE, selected by Hannah Keirsse & Lise Van Acker
1M³ Geert Clarisse
1M³: In between: bird chatter, selected by Paul Demets
1M³: Que nos vies aient l’air d’un film parfait door Aurelie Daems
1M³: Visualising the memory of this hand touching something, selected by Valentina Bianchi & Arno Huygens
1M³: Books of Lawrence Weiner, selected by Julie Peeters
1M³: A Collection of Pages by Marc Nagtzaam
1M³: 12 Frames by Nathan Ishar & Sofie Frederix
1M³:Each line is an axis of the world – a selection for post-comics by Sébastien Conard & Ilan Manouach
1M³: Artistes Libres, Ines Claus
1M³: BiiiiiiiiiiiiiiB, Jacques André
1M³: Incidental Circumstances, Oriol Vilanova
1M³: Axiomes du choix (Hommage aan Olga Morano) selected by Simon Delobel
1M³: Interaction of Color, Maria Boto Ordonez
1M³: 102 Craters on Venus, Sophie Nys
1M³: Wanting to be a book, Luc Derycke
1M³: Feldman, Horvitz, LeWitt, Prince, Templeton & van der Weijde, Jurgen Maelfeyt
1m³: ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE, Thomas Desmet
1m3: Wabi Sabi Letterpress: Memories of Lost Impressions, Nathalie Cohen
1m³: Vorsatz, Anna Zhironkina
1M³: Y.K.F.B. — Yves Klein Fading Blue, Marta Masiero
1m3: A partial publication retrospective, Stefan Banz
1M³: Cover Stories, Sara De Bondt
1m³: I am forgetful of everything, but seeing you again, Mekhitar Garabedian
1M³: The books by Leonid Miroshnik, Paul Buschmann
1M³: Quadrilateral variations, Gudlaug Mia Eythorsdottir
1M³: The World is a Book is a Word, Daniel Dobbelaere
1M³: MA Photo Books, Jan Kempenaers
1M³: Nieves, Gerard Herman (Groepsdruk)
1M³: Lubok Verlag, Katia Ballegeer
1M³: Welcome to Imschoot Uitgevers! by Joris Dockx
1M³: Ki-Kokekwa by Henri Jacobs
1M³: De Enschedese School, Kasper Andreasen

moving bookshelves

Despite being located close to the school, Kunstenbibliotheek started experimenting with the possibilities of mobile bookshelves. Following the pop-up principle, these wheeled shelves are able to be easily moved and can therefore reach a new audience outside of the library. 

These small bib-carts can present a curated selection of books on a particular subject, which can be taken to lessons, workshops or ateliers. After creating the first prototype, several other designs were experimented with as to test out the possibilities of each cart. Some are rather practical for transport, some present the books better. 

The idea of the book trolleys is not that they serve without a ‘caretaker or person in charge’, but rather as a place to collect information in and make this mobile, where people can stand or sit around it. Just as a library provides a social fabric in a location, the book cart/book trolley/eventually book backpack (still in progress) will also be designed to gather around and share knowledge.

 

During the Graduation Week 2023 the wheeled shelves were used as a pop-up bookstore to sell students publications. 

 

A project by Nomadic School of Arts, Suzy Castermans, Peter Van de Velde, Seppe-Hazel Laeremans & Marthe Huyse

photos by (c) Rembert Deprez & Marthe Huyse


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, these lists 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+
Reading Guide climate action
Reading Guide Decolonization
Reading Guide Geopolitics
Reading Guide Protest & Activism

Kunstwerken tussen de rekken

 

Mathias Prenen, #BALUSTER#CarmenMiranda, 2015

Sculptuur met eik, den, linde, beuk, notelaar en MDF

 

Chris Hoeben, Werk voor de Kunstenbibliotheek, 2022

Sculptuur met zwart-wit kopieën van boeken uit de collectie, keramiek, ijzerdraad, epoxy

 

Valgerður Sigurðardóttir, Bed & Bookshelf, 2018

Sculptuur met cement en geglazuurde keramiek

 

Rik Vonckx, RIK VONCKX 2022, 2022-2023

Kunstenaarsboek met bijhorende sokkel, uniek exemplaar

 

Rik Vonckx, OPERA, OPERA, 2022

Kunstenaarsboek met bijhorende sokkel, uniek exemplaar

 

Rein Dufait, Structuur Schelp (klein), 2020

Sculptuur met betonijzer, cement, schelpen

 

Rein Dufait, Van de bomen, de vormen en de kleuren, 2019-2020

Reeks kunstenaarsboeken, unieke oplage van 30 exemplaren



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 June 2024 (selection)
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Acquisitions February 2024 (selection)
Acquisitions January 2024 (selection)
Acquisitions December 2023 (selection)
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Acquisitions December 2022 (selection)
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Acquisitions February 2022 (selection)
Acquisitions January 2022 (selection)
Acquisitions December 2021 (selection)
Acquisitions November 2021 (selection)
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Acquisitions October 2020 (Selection)
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Acquisitions June 2020 (Selection)
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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:
https://kaskbooks.tumblr.com


Reading guide artists’ books
Artists’ Books 2023
Artists’ Books 2022
Artists’ Books 2021

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. 

 

Visual Arts

HART    •   Metropolis M      kM   •   Kunstschrift   •   L’ART MEME    •   Artforum   •   Frieze   •   Kunstletters   •    Adbusters   •   Connaissance des arts   •   Mousse   •  De Witte Raaf   •  Zaal Z  •    SIKA    •    Aperture    

 

Architecture and landscapearchitecture

BETON  •  Bouwen met baksteen   G+L  •   Contact     Arch Index    M&L •  ZKG     tijdschrift publieke ruimte      topos      anthos      ruimte      blauwe kamer     JoLA  •  BAUM   Groencontact   Stadt + Grün    •   Architekten krant  •  Tuin en Landschap   •  Ruimte & Maatschappij   •  De Vlaamse Tuinaannemer   •  CG Concept    •   domus   •   pi     •    md    •   META    •  ak   •   Ruimte   •   Publieke Ruimte   • 

 

Performing arts en Audiovisual arts

American Cinematographer   •   Theatermaker   •   Foam   •  FILM    •    Tubelight  •  Theaterkrant Magazine     Spelen

 

Design

Eye  •  INTERNI  •  Idea  •  DAMN   View    •  Harvard Design Magazine  •  Print   •   TxP   •   FRAME


Magazines 2024
Magazines 2023
Magazines: Visual arts 2022
Magazines 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)

Databases

The databases can be consulted via the HOGENT-network, and can be consulted at home via Academic Software (only for students and teachers of HOGENT).
 

Art & Architecture Source

AAS covers a broad range of related subjects, from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design. Providing images, full-text journals and books, it is designed for use by a diverse audience, including art scholars, artists, designers, students and general researchers.

Arts Premium Collection

APM encompasses cross-searchable databases with thousands of journal titles, ensuring deep searches of extensive collections in specialist subject areas not covered in more general databases. Subject areas include art, design, architecture, humanities, film/screen studies, music, performing arts, and more.

Artstor

Artstor is an extensive and representative visual resource of images for teaching and research in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

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Interesting:

Google Scholar
CaGeWeb
Apache


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

Zines

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)