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, increases and improves the conservational and documentary assets of La Biennale di Venezia, collected from 1895 to the present.

The ASAC directly promotes exhibitions and collaborates with the various departments of La Biennale in the organisation of events. The promotion of the archival collections is also carried out outside the Foundation, through the circulation of documents and works of art lent to Italian and foreign institutions. The ASAC includes the Historical Archives and the Library.


Virtual Exhibitions

Explore the exhibitions held in the Portego hall at Ca’ Giustinian online

Photos, posters and sketches to discover the history of La Biennale.

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How to access the premises

As of 10 January 2022, according to the Italian law D.L. 221/2021, in order to access the Library and the Archives it is mandatory to produce either a full Green Pass or a Green Pass obtained from vaccination or recovery from Covid-19. This is not demanded to persons exempted because of their age or not required to get vaccination (medical documentation required). Basic Green Passes obtained from a negative test will not be accepted. Face masks must be worn at all times.
In the case of events open to the public taking place indoors or outdoors in museums and other cultural locations, it is mandatory to wear FFP2 face masks.
When required, visitors must show a valid identity document in addition to their full Green Pass.
In case of absence of the documentation specified above, it will not be possible to access the premises.

History of the ASAC

Since 1928: inauguration of the Historical Institute of Contemporary Art at the Ducal Palace ...
... until 2020: the library collections at the Library at Giardini and archival funds at VEGA in Porto Marghera
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