The Kunstbibliothek presides over and maintains one of the most important collections of material relating to European architecture from the 15th century to the present. Its holdings comprise 50,000 drawings. Its nucleus was formed by a collection, presented to the Kunstbibliothek in 1867 and originally compiled (at the request of the Greater Berlin Artisans’ Association) by the German Design Museum, which had its own teaching facilities and library. In the late 19th century a more extensive and valuable collection of Italian drawings was passed on to the library by the Kupferstichkabinett. The drawings stemmed from the collection of Vincenzo Pacetti and primarily dated from the 16th to 18th century, and included works by Francesco Borromini, Filippo Juvarra, and Giovanni Battista Piranesi.
In addition to these Italian works, French and English architectural drawings from the former collection of Hippolyte Destailleur were also added to the architecture collection. Sheets from the period around 1800, often dubbed the 'Age of Schinkel', originate from the private libraries of the art collector Wilhelm von Bode and Marc Rosenberg; they include designs by David and Friedrich Gilly, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Friedrich August Stüler, and Ludwig Persius. We largely have the bequeathed estates of Joseph Maria Olbrich, Erich Mendelsohn, Heinrich Tessenow, and Fritz Höger to thank for our holdings of 20th-century architectural drawings. Since the 1960s, accessions of architectural models have enriched the collection, and stand in close relation to the drawings. In addition, visitors to the architectural collection are also free to study our collection of art and decorative drawings, sketchbooks, architectural photographs, and autographs.
Kunstbibliothek am Kulturforum:
Kunstbibliothek im Archäologischen Zentrum:
Kunstbibliothek im Museum für Fotografie:
Full access for persons with mobility impairment is possible via the service entrance.
Exhibitions at the Kulturforum:
Tue 10:00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Wed 10:00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Thu 10:00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Fri 10:00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Sat 11:00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Sun 11:00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
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For informations about libraries and other locations please use the following links:
Kunstbibliothek am Kulturforum
Kunstbibliothek im Archäologischen Zentrum
Libraries of the collections
Museum für Fotografie
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 266424141
Fax: +49 (0)30 / 266424199
Director: Prof. Dr. Moritz Wullen
Deputy Director: Dr. Joachim Brand
Museum für Fotografie
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 266424183
Fax: +49 (0)30 / 266424197
Head of the Collection of Photography: Dr. Ludger Derenthal
Café and restaurant at the Kulturforum
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 266428501
Bookshop Walther König
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 2655 8643