Visual Arts Archive
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.