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Berlinisch Gallery - State Museum of Modern Art, Photography, and Architecture
Alte Jakobstraße 124-128
10969 Berlin, Germany
Tel +49 30 789 02 600
Fax +49 30 789 02 700

The Berlinisch gallery, which is the federal state museum for modern art, photography and architecture, maintains, investigates and presents art in Berlin from 1870 to today. The photographic collection began in 1978. Covers Daguerreotypes up to contemporary art, and all photography inbetween documentary, etc, as well as art photography like assemblages, Photocollage, and conceptual work. Archives cover entire photographic history of Berlin, up to entire exhibitions and work cycles of contemporary photographers, such as Dieter Appelt, Thomas Florschuetz, Elfi merry and Michael Schmidt. They also have the most complete photo documentation of East Berlin from pre Wall to post Wall.
The Berlinisch gallery received a grant of 153.000 EUR from the J. Paul Getty in 2003.

Sprengel Museum Hannover
30169 Hannover, Germany
Tel +49 511 168 - 4 38 75
Fax +49 511 168 - 4 50 93

Opened in 1979, the Sprengel Museum Hannover, with its comprehensive Collection and diverse program of temporary exhibitions, ranks among the major art museums of the 20th century.

The museum today builds on a original collection owned by Dr Bernhard Sprengel, of German Expressionism and French Modern Art. The last 20 years have seen the Collection expand to include works from the most important epochs of contemporary art. The Department of Photography and Media was founded in 1994. The museum holds on average 25 temporary exhibitions each year, numerous symposia and several different series of lectures. It also offers a comprehensive educational program and since 1993 houses the Kurt Schwitters Archive.

The Kurt Schwitters Archives in the Sprengel Museum Hannover were set up in 1994 and contain the most comprehensive documentation of the artistic work of Kurt Schwitters (1887 - 1948). The archives were put together by the artist's son, Ernst Schwitters, and are the source of the ouvre list being drawn up in the Sprengel Museum Hannover. The Sprengel Museum Hannover is always very pleased to receive information about privately or publicly owned work by Schwitters. Please contact the Sprengel Museum Hannover, Dr Karin Orchard or Dr Isabel Schulz. All information will, of course, be handled with the utmost discretion. The Schwitters Archives in the Stadtbibliothek (Municipal Library) contain numerous personal documents, his correspondence, and writing by and about Kurt Schwitters.
In 1993 the artist's son, Ernst Schwitters, handed over the archives concerning his father's artistic ouvre to the Sprengel Museum Hannover, on condition that the museum continue to add to them and look after them. For some 40 years Ernst Schwitters, whose starting point was his father's voluminous legacy, with which he had been entrusted, worked on a photographic and written documentation of all the work known to him. The archives are in chronological order and currently list some 3,000 works. Each work's technical data, provenance, exhibition- and publication-history are documented. The information is computerized. Photographs or transparencies exist of some 2,000 works.

Institute for Modern Art, Nuremberg
Archiv / Bibliothek
Luitpoldstrasse 5,
90402 Nuremberg, Germany
Tel +49 09 11 240 21-16
Fax +49 09 11 240 21-19

The Institute fur moderne Kunst, Nuremberg was founded in 1967 to establish an archive on art after 1945. The institute holds about 8000 information files of representatives of the national and international art scene and an extensive research library. Special importance is placed on amassing "ephemeral" printed matter, such as invitations, brochures, leaflets etc. and on maintaining a wide-ranging collection of newspaper and magazine clippings. The institute is a partner of VEKTOR1 In German.

State Gallery of Stuttgart, Germany
Museumsanschrift Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 30 - 32
70173 Stuttgart

Postal Address:
Postanschrift Postfach 10 43 42
70038 Stuttgart

Tel +49 0711 470 40 0
Fax +49 0711 236 99 83

This museum houses several archives, notably the Sohm collection, a huge collection of intermediate art e.g. Fluxus, art happening, Beat and Underground, Viennese actionism and concrete poetry. They say, "The Sohm archive is not an 'art collection', but a comprehensive time documentation from correspondences, photo, books, catalogs, magazines, films, video, Aktionsrelikten, object art, multimedia production, and artist books," among other things. This collection of documents was initially assembled by Hanns Sohm (1921-1999) a German dentist, before being acquired by the State Museum. Online Catalogue.

Documenta Archives
Untere Karlsstrasse 4
D-34117 Kassel
Tel +49 0561/787-40 22
Fax +49 0561/787 40 28

Collection: Established in 1961, holds archives for all Kassel Dokumentas. The archive and library consists of approximately 60,000 publications, of which 40,000 are exhibition catalogues and 20,000 are monographs. It is organized alphabetically by artist, and there are also sections grouped by genre, style and iconography as well as by institutions, collections and theories of modern art. New accessions (c. 2,000 vols. yearly) cover not only catalogues of major exhibitions but also publications or "grey literature" that are not available in book stores and are often hard to come by. They also havebout 120 periodicals on contemporary art and a systematically recorded collection of c. 150,000 invitation-cards and leaflets.
Video Library: Founded in 1990 , now has over 1,500 titles. The collection's priorities are: documentation of exhibitions, documentation of artists in action (Fluxus, Performance,) portraits of artists (Kahlo, Picasso, Warhol etc.) artistic video/films (vom Bruch, Rybcynski etc.)
The library also contains a number of titles concerning music (Cage etc.), theatre (Kantor etc.), dance (Brodbeck etc.), film (Godard etc.) and architecture (Hollein etc.). In addition to the films, a reasonable range of literature about video and computer art as well as major catalogues on international video art are held by the library and may be used there.

Access: Since 1990 every new accession has been digitally processed and can be looked up by the user in the PC-catalogue. Video: A printed record lists the videofilms in alphabetical order by artist name. The tapes may be viewed in a library room designed for this purpose, but cannot be taken home. All of the above material may be used during the official opening hours or with the permission of the head of the archive.
Note: In order to fulfill the tasks of an institute concerned with international art the archive depends on donations of texts, pictures and videos relating to its main subjects of interest.

Marzona Archive
Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Matthäikirchplatz 6
10785 Berlin, Germay
Tel +49 30 266 3224
Fax +49 30 266 2958

The Marzona archive, assembled by the Italian art collector Egidio Marzona (* 1944), consists of around 50,000 items: catalogues, artist books, magazines, posters, invitations cards, manuscripts, letters, notes, sketches, records, films, videos, as well as video stills, photos and installation views of exhibitions, performances and artists. There are around 6,000 photos documenting exhibitions, installations, performances and art objects. Marzona bought these photos among others from Giancarlo Politi, Maria Gloria Bicocchi, Tommaso Trini, John Gibson and John Weber. The goal of the Kunstbibliothek is to establish an Archiv der Avantgarden / Archive of the Avant-garde. Already present are the collections by Jasia Reichardt on concrete and visual poetry, by the visual poet Guillermo Deisler, by Hanns Sohm and Rolf Dittmar on Fluxus, and about 4,000 artist books from the Franklin Furnace Institute. The rapidly growing archive –Marzona is systematically contacting all groundbreaking classic galleries, museums’ directors, publishers, antiquarian booksellers and artists (or their heirs) - is taken care of by Dr. Michael Lailach at the Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. No website or index is available.

Book: Printed Matter. Die Sammlung Marzona / The Marzona Collection, Berlin 2005. Exhibition: Based on Paper. Die Sammlung Marzona – Revolution der Kunst 1960-1975, Berlin 2007.

Museum Schloss Moyland
Museum Schloss Moyland Foundation
Van der Grinten Collection
Joseph Beuys Archive of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia
Am Schloss 4
D-47551 Bedburg-Hau, Germany
Tel +49 (0) 2824 9510 60
Fax +49 (0) 2824 9510 99

The Joseph Beuys Archive is part of the Museum Schloss Moyland Foundation. The Scholl Movland is an Institute of the Academy of Art in Dusseldorf, where Joseph Beuys taught monumental sculpture for more than ten years. 100,000 original documents bearing on the life, work, and influence of Joseph Beuys, catalogued.

Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany
Teerhof 20 D-28199 Bremen, Germany
Tel +49-421-598390
Fax +49-421-505247

Houses the Archive for Small Press & Communication, the collection of Guy Schraenen, Antwerp. The ASPC archive is working with the University of Bremen on a research centre for artist publications. The ASPC will participate within VEKTOR1 as head of an international working group in the field of artists' books

Zentralarchiv des internationalen Kunsthandels Cologne, Germany (ZADIK)
Mauritiuswall 76-78 D-50676 Cologne, Germany tel +49-221 - 201 98 71

Founded in 1993, ZADIK is the central archive of materials of the German and international art trade after 1945. The core is the archives and estates of galleries, art critics, collectors, and photographers. Produces video interviews with gallery owners, organizes and publishes the bulletin sediment semi-annually. ZADIK is a partner of VEKTOR1

Ludwig Forum fur Internationale Kunst
Julicher Strasse 97-109
D - 52070 Aachen, Germany
Tel +49 (0) 241/1807-104

The library of the Ludwig Forum includes three different archives, encompassing around 32,000 books, 460 videos and circa 10,000 small format slides. All of the material deals with contemporary art, with a particular focus on the development of art after 1970.

Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Repbulic of Germany
Museumsmeile Bonn
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4
53113 Bonn, Germany
Tel +49(0)228/ 9171-0

The library of the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland is open to the general public - to visitors interested in art as well as to scholars. Since its inception in 1992, the holdings of the library have steadily increased, with 2.000 new copies each year. They currently amount to 35.000 copies of books, cd-roms, videos and magazines (January 2004).

Collection: The primary focus of the library's collection is the history of exhibitions and exhibition management. Major exhibitions of the past are documented by both primary sources, mostly the original exhibition catalogues, and secondary sources. The spectrum of the collection is broad; entries like World Exhibition, Venice Biennal, Documenta, Degenerate Art, Armory Show, Pressa and West art convey an impression of the range of the collection. The library also offers a selection of art literature, particularly on twentieth century art. Exhibition catalogues of current interest are received from other art institutes and museums. Reference works, current art periodicals as well as numerous artists' monographs give a general idea of modern and contemporary art. The library collects materials such as invitations, exhibition announcements, programs, small exhibition catalogues, which are not listed individually in the libraryís catalogue database but are summed up as "Kleinschriften" and collected in files. Files are kept mainly for individual artists as well as for museums and exhibition halls. Those files may be used in the library but may not be borrowed.

Access: The library's holdings are arranged systematically according to subjects and visitors are welcome to browse through the shelves of the reading room which holds the reference collection, various subjects (other than art), art and current periodicals. For reasons of space the complete holdings of the library's collection on the history of exhibitions and exhibition management as well as older (bound) periodicals are no longer open to the public but had to be put in stacks and must be ordered. These closed holdings are available on the same day when ordered before 11 a.m. Orders are welcome by mail, email or telephone. Searchable online catalogue
Apart from its collection of books and periodicals the library owns also audiovisual and electronic media which is supported by the library's equipment or may be borrowed: Audiotapes, Videotapes, CDs, CD-ROMs, Internet.

Frankfurter kunstverein
markt 44
d-60311, Frankfurt am Main.
tel +49 (0)69 / 2193140
fax: +49 (0)69 / 21931411

Exhibition hall specializing in contemporary art. Has a library.

Forschungsstelle Osteuropa (Eastern European Research Center)
Klagenfurter Straße 3
D-28359 Bremen
Tel +49-421-218-3687
Fax +49-421-218-3269

Forschungsstelle Osteuropa's archive collection includes documents from the literary, artistic and political underground of the Soviet era (samizdat-literature), as well as the personal testimonies, especially of Russian intellectuals, form one of the world's most comprehensive collections. The archives contain documents from Russia, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary and the German Democratic Republic; they are continuously being expanded. There exists a close co-operation with the Archive for Small Press & Communication and the the Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen.

Zentrum Fur Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (ZKM)
Lorenzstraße 19
D - 76135 Karlsruhe
Tel +49(0)721-8100-0
Fax +49(0)721-8100-1139

Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe

As a cultural institution, the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) founded in Karlsruhe in 1980 holds a unique position in the world. It responds to the rapid developments in information technology and today's changing social structures. Its work combines production and research, exhibitions and events, coordination and documentation.

For the development of interdisciplinary projects and promotion of international collaborations, the Center for Art and Media has manifold resources at its disposal: the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Media Museum, the Institute for Visual Media, the Institute for Music and Acoustics and the new departments - the Institute for Media, Education, and Economics, and the Filminstitute.

The Center for Art and Media probes new media in theory and practice, tests their potential with in-house developments, presents possible uses in exemplary form and promotes debate on the form our information society is taking. Working closely with the State Academy for Design in Karlsruhe and other institutes, the Center for Art and Media provides a forum for science, art, politics and finance.