Kandinsky Library

The Kandinsky Library is the documentation and research centre of the Musée national d’art moderne – Centre de création industrielle, Centre Pompidou. It holds considerable document archives and collections on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries and places them at the disposal of a specialised audience of researchers, professionals in the art world, artists and their families.


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The documents and archives are resolutely international in their reach and cover a wide range of fields in the history of art, architecture, photography and new media, forming a major source for research in this area.

More than 220 document archives and collections testify to the great diversity of protagonists in artistic circles (artists; architects, designers and engineers; art critics, theorists, collectors and personalities of the world of art; galleries, bookshops, publishing houses and artistic journals; photographers; film and video makers; art institutions).
There are over 18,000 titles in the rare and precious books collection, including exhibition catalogues from the early 20th century, books on architecture and decorative arts, artists’ personal libraries, books of photographs and a large collection of artists’ books from the 1960s to the present day, featuring several book-objects and iconic publications.
Then there are also over 8,000 titles of common, rare or precious periodicals illustrating the full diversity of publishing activities in the 20th century, as well as a large digital library.

Consult the online resources

Search the general library catalogue (23 000 books)


The Kandinsky Library takes part in a large number of programmes to host and develop research into the history of modern and contemporary art. By rolling out cross-cutting projects within the Musée national d'art moderne and inventing an interdisciplinary Summer School event for sharing knowledge, it has become a key player in research into the history of art. By facilitating work on the document and heritage collections it holds, its research projects provide a response to growing demand from the academic community for collective efforts grouping together documentary resources, forming shared collections and conducting joint research.

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The Kandinsky Library is open to researchers with appropriate credentials.
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