Artists’ books and editions

The Prints and Drawings Department of the National Library collects artists’ books, editions and books containing original graphic works as well as special editions as a specific area of contemporary Swiss art from the end of the 19th century to the present day.

Künstlerbücher und Editionen
Dominik Stauch, The Big Showdown, Zürich: Wolfensberg-Verlag, 2011
© Thomi Wolfensberger, Foto: NB, Simon Schmid

Content and scope

  • From the end of the 19th century and its origins as the collection of book art, through to the latest contemporary artists’ publications
  • Illustrated books, books with original graphic works and special editions
  • Important publishers’ programmes from French-speaking Switzerland, such as the “livres d’artistes” by Albert Skira and Edition Gonin
  • From 1950 to 1990 artists’ books and editions featuring international artists such as Daniel Spoerri, Dieter Roth, André Thomkins and artist-publishers such as the Ecart group in Geneva
  • From 1990 to today, in parallel with current special forms such as the “bande dessinée”, “zines” and photo books
  • Since 2000 additionally the entire programmes of Swiss art publishers such as Edizioni Periferia (Lucerne), EAC les Halles (Porrentruy), Boabooks (Geneva), Marlène Frei (Zurich) and Edition Multiple (Bern)

Collection principles

  • Artists’ books and editions, closely linked to the general library collection
  • Media documenting current trends in artistic production
  • Unique artists’ books and small print-run, self-published works, as well as artists’ books / editions in every printed form

Research and access

  • A large proportion of the artists’ books and editions are listed in the Helveticat library catalogue
  • The originals of artists’ books and editions can be viewed on site. Please contact us to arrange an appointment.

Last modification 15.08.2019

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Swiss National Library
Prints and Drawings Department
Hallwylstrasse 15
3003 Bern
Switzerland
Phone +41 58 462 89 71
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