Archiv der Avantgarden

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The Archiv der Avantgarden (AdA), an archive of 20th-century avant-garde art, contains approximately 1.5 million artworks and other objects, making it one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind. Collector Egidio Marzona began to amass the archive in the late 1960s and continued in the decades that followed. The archive holds paintings and drawings, sketches and prints, furniture and design objects. Above and beyond this, a dazzling concentration of photographs, correspondence, manuscripts and manifestos, artist records (vinyl) and films, primary and secondary literature and further material document the artistic activity of the entire century, in Europe but also far beyond its borders. The AdA helps trace the artistic ideas and numerous radical utopias of the century and brings to light the amazing interconnectedness of artists. The holdings of the archive provide a wealth of information and serve as a basis for research. Researchers and interested parties from both Germany and abroad are invited to work in and explore the AdA. Temporary exhibitions and a varied programme of events, with lectures, discussions and workshops, illustrate and probe the phenomenon of the 20th-century avant-garde.


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The Archiv der Avantgarden (AdA) © David Campesino
The Archiv der Avantgarden (AdA) © David Campesino
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