Library of the MK&G

The library

Even before the Museum itself was founded, it was realized how essential it was to set up a library with the appropriate specialist literature. The inventory and the budget for new acquisitions have grown steadily over the years. The library of the MK&G, newly opened in 2000 in the Schümann Wing, today has some 175,000 "media" – books, CDs, CD-ROMs, video cassettes and DVDs – and ca. 300 regularly subscribed magazines, specialist literature and exhibition catalogues dealing with all the Museum’s themes: art and art history in theory and practice, literature on European arts and crafts from the earliest times up to contemporary design, European sculpture, Classical art, the Ancient Orient and Islam, East Asian art, architecture, photography, fashion and textiles, world exhibitions, bibliophile art and graphic design as well as auction catalogues. Both the Online Catalogue and a systematically sorted card index are available. Our dedicated staff, working here in an honorary capacity, will be happy to help you.

Collection Book Art

Selected works from the collection of bibliophile art (Sammlung Buchkunst), which has been steadily expanded since the MK&G was founded, are regularly on show in the reading room of the library. The collection contains precious manuscripts, incunabula, prints from the 16th to 18th centuries and bibles, magnificent book covers, books with exquisite illustrations and typographically important works from the 19th century. Many of the outstanding Art Nouveau exhibits were purchased at the Paris World Exhibition of 1900. These were followed by examples of design and typography through the entire 20th and into the 21st century, among them numerous works by internationally renowned illustrators and book decorators such Aubrey Beardsley, Walter Crane, Carl Otto Czeschka, William Morris, Henry van de Velde and others, illustrated children’s books and magazines with the original illustrations (including Derrière le Miroir, Émigré, Pan, Sigill, Ver Sacrum, Wendingen, Illustration ’63), family registers, hymn books, calendars and almanacs. In the section devoted to books by painters (“Malerbücher”), there are books from the classical Modernist school  such as Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, HAP Grieshaber, Oskar Kokoschka, Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso, contemporary artists as well as exclusive books printed on hand presses and objects which appear to be books, but are in fact another type of artwork.

All the works in the bibliophile art collection are registered as such in our Online Catalogue and can be ordered for viewing in the reading room of the library after pre-registration.

The digitisation of the library holdings was funded by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius.

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