Specialised in modern and contemporary art, Museion’s library boasts 25,000 volumes, 50 subscriptions to art journals and more than 400 DVDs. Following an agreement between Fondazione Museion and the Free University of Bolzano, since January 2011 the museum’s collection of books has been hosted in a special section of the university library.
This has led to the creation of a highly-specialised centre for the documentation of the visual arts: all the catalogues and monographs on artists, movements and contemporary art exhibitions acquired in the course of Museion’s twenty year history can now be consulted alongside the books belonging to the Faculty of arts and design.
You can join the library of the Free University of Bolzano. To receive a library card you will need to present ID and pay a yearly fee of €10.
The library offers local and inter-library loans, training and consulting. It has reading room, rooms for group work, individual study areas, computers, photocopiers, printers, CD/DVD burners and scanners.
Free internet access
Library members can access internet free of charge via the library WLAN.
Project and activities
The collection of artists’ books
In 2011, thanks to generous funding from the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio, the Museion library, in collaboration with the library of the Free University of Bolzano, was able to purchase a valuable nucleus of artists’ books. These include works by artists of international renown, with exponents of minimalism and conceptual art such as Carl Andre, Daniel Buren, On Kawara, Joseph Kosuth, Sol Lewitt, Richard Long, Art & Language, Robert Barry, Ed Ruscha and Lawrence Weiner. Important Fluxus works purchased include “Water Yam” by George Brecht and books by Giuseppe Chiari, Daniel Spoerri, Ben Vautier and Robert Filliou. Works in the genre of concrete and visual poetry include those by Vincenzo Agnetti, Julien Blaine, Mirella Bentivoglio, Irma Blank, Jean François Bory and Ugo Carrega.
Exhibitions in the library
Bringing the Museion library collection together with the university library seals an important partnership between two of the area’s key cultural institutions. One of the aspects of this relationship is research into artists’ books – books created by artists and conceived as works of art. On occasion of the exhibitions devoted to Museion’s collection of artworks, the relevant artists’ books are also exhibited, both in Museion, in a dedicated space on the second floor, and in the large reading room in the University Library.