Asac - Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts< Back
The Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts (ASAC) is the largest collection of assets concerning the Venice Biennale, gathered from the beginning to the present. Located in the VEGA complex in the Venice mainland, the ASAC offers services of documentation, research and experimentation in the field of contemporary arts: visual arts, architecture, cinema, music, dance, and theatre.
The ASAC is a multi-disciplinary and multimedia structure, divided into:
• Historic fund • Photo library • Film library • Media library • Poster collection • Documentary material • Library (* located at Giardini, alongside the Central Pavilion) • Periodicals • Collection of scores • Artistic fund
Most of the above collections are located at Vega (Cygnus building) whereas the Library, including the Periodicals collection, has found a new location at the Biennale Library at Giardini. A selection of works from the artistic fund are now on display in the Biennale headquarters at Ca' Giustinian.
The Biennale Library at Giardini
The first phase of the realisation of the Biennale Library ended in June 2009 –on the occasion of the opening of the 53rd International Art Exhibition– and regarded the adjustment of all internal spaces of the first part of a restored annex of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni at the Giardini.
This intervention implied the functional restoration of its rooms, all equipped with up-to-date gear for reference research. This way the Biennale library was finally open after ten years: a library specialised in Visual Arts, providing books, catalogues, papers that can be consulted in special reading rooms open to exhibition visitors, students as well as researchers in Venice. The Library of the Biennale underwent an extraordinary requalification, both under a functional and an architectural point of view, offering very high standards for reference work.
Thanks to this operation, the long awaited event of giving back the ASAC to Venice finally took place, in a requalified structure and in an ideal, alive setting, strongly engaged with events and exhibitions.
The ASAC has now reached a joint management status, and found a structurally rationalized organization: on one side it offers a new place for research reference work, on the other a renewed space for digitalization, storage and reference of its historical archives, at the Vega centre in Marghera.
For further information and requests to visit the ASAC: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tel. +39 041 5218790