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

Starting from 6th August 2021, with the exception of children under 12 years of age and persons who are exempt from it, visitors must present a Green Pass or equivalent certificate recognized by the Italian State to access the premises.
The Green Pass or equivalent certificate must give evidence that:
a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19 / received the first dose of a vaccine requiring two / recovered from Covid-19 / received a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result in the previous 48 hours.
Visitors must present a valid ID together with the certificate. In case of absence of the documentation specified above, it will not be possible to access the premises.
For further information, please visit https://www.dgc.gov.it/web/ (in Italian).

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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