Inside the Art Archives: desks and depot
Archivist’s Choice: Archive staff present selected items from the Document and Fonds Collections (in the photo: Deborah Favre with documents from Alberto Giacometti)
Archivist’s Choice: Archive staff present selected items from the Document and Fonds Collections (in the photo: Michael Schmid with letters from Giovanni Giacometti)
Archives on Stage: Scholars researching in the Art Archives give talks about their findings (in the photo: Roman Kurzmeyer lectures on Aldo Walker)
Archives on Stage: Scholars researching in the Art Archives give talks about their findings (in the photo: Medea Hoch lectures on Sophie Taeuber-Arp)
The depot for artists’ fonds with the mobile shelving for archiving papers
A filing cabinet with folders of documents on artists, institutions and keywords
The Swiss Art Archives list all collections in the online artists’ lexicon SIKART and publish directories and documents on the Internet. The Archives’ principal task is to help academics, curators, authors and collectors trace documents, make use of sources and conduct research in other archives. The Swiss Art Archives make their collection accessible by posting online presentations of key fonds (Virtual Showcases), digitising archive materials for publication on SIKART, and giving lectures and guided tours. To complement the collection, the Archives conduct interviews with young artists in Switzerland and make these available on the Web. The Swiss Art Archives are open free of charge to anyone wishing to undertake research and are committed to supporting users’ work as best they can.
Following prior request, documents are brought out for inspection at the desks provided on site. Visitors can access the Internet free of charge. Users can take photographs of documents, as long as this is not excluded by copyright or data protection. Professional reproductions can be ordered from the Archives. Application may also be made to borrow documents for exhibition purposes.