Visual Arts Archive

Association of Berlin Artists summer party, Schloss Ruhwald park, 17 June 1877

Käthe Kollwitz working on Mutter mit zwei Kindern, Berlin 1935/1936

Catalogue of the Allgemeine Deutsche Kunstausstellung, Dresden 1946

Lutz Dammbeck, La Sarraz, Media collage, Arts Centre GDR National Front, Leipzig, 24 June 1984

Karla Woisnitza, Diary 1979

Academy members and archive donors Werner Stötzer, Michael Schoenholtz and Rolf Szymanski visiting the Visual Arts Archives, Berlin 2008

Depot with files in the Verband Bildender Künstler Archive waiting to be processed

The Visual Arts Archives was founded in 1994. The Archives collects, preserves and makes accessible personal papers and artistic estates from those working in the areas of painting, graphic arts and sculpture, art history and journalism. Such estates and papers are either donated during the artists’ lifetimes or bequeathed to the Archives on their death. The Archives also holds documents from art associations and societies from the late nineteenth century to the present day.

The Visual Arts Archives has presently grown to comprise over 130 holdings of nearly 1,000 linear metres of written papers, as well as approx. 40,000 photos and 30,000 slides. Around a quarter of the holdings specifically related to individuals are held in archives of members of the Visual Arts Section. The papers and estates kept in the Visual Arts Archives provide information on the work and lives of around 17,000 artists, primarily from German-speaking countries.