The Library takes in exhibition catalogues from exhibitions in Denmark and abroad. This applies to both exhibitions of individual artists, exhibitions dealing with periods, subjects, places, patrons etc. In addition, the Library has, in the course of time, built up a large collection of invitations, lists of works and other written matter documenting exhibitions of Danish art and art exhibitions in Denmark. More
There is a particular focus on catalogues and other material dealing with Danish art exhibitions and exhibitions of Danish art, where the Library attempts to be as thorough as possible.
Exhibition catalogues and other exhibition-related material are important tools in the identification of works of art and their owners at a given point in time, and are often important sources regarding the way art was viewed at various times. They serve as a supplement, in this way, to auction catalogues and art criticism, which can be found in the Library’s Art Historical Archives and the newspaper cuttings collection.
How do I search?
Part of the exhibition-related material is to be found in the book collection and partly in the various special collections and archives where it is possible to locate them by searching in the Library catalogue after the name of the artist, or of the society/association name. In the art historical archives and the newspaper cuttings collection, it may be in necessary, in some cases, to apply to the Library via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. to order the material.
All our Danish exhibition catalogues, ranging across the various collections from1769, up to and including 1920, have been digitalised and can be searched and downloaded freely via the Library catalogue.
How do I borrow?
The exhibition catalogues to be found in the book collection may be borrowed on the same conditions as other books. Material from the art-historical archives and newspaper cutting collections can be viewed in the Reading Room at Nyhavn 2.
Please also remember
In our documentary collections, both the art historical archives and artist archives, there is extensive, comprehensive supplementary material dealing with Danish exhibition life. Here it is possible to find, for example, reviews, catalogues and documents dealing with exhibition praxis and censuring, etc.