La Biennale di Venezia
Library, Venice – Archive, Porto Marghera

Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts

"The Historical Archive is the place where the memories and documents pass through, but it is also the place of the archive of our future" (Paolo Baratta).
The Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts (ASAC) collects, catalogues, expands and evaluates the conservational and documentary assets of La Biennale di Venezia, gathered from 1895 to the present. It also promotes the circulation of documentary material produced by La Biennale.

The ASAC directly promotes exhibitions and collaborates with the various sectors of Fondazione La Biennale in organising events. The promotion of the heritage is also carried out outside the Foundation, through the circulation of documents and works of art lent to Italian and foreign institutions.  It comprehends the Historical Archives and the Library.


History of the ASAC

Since 1928: inauguration of the Historical Institute of Contemporary Art at the Ducal Palace ...
... until 2017: the library collections at the Library at Giardini and archival funds at VEGA in Porto Marghera
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