The reference library of the Hamburg Kunsthalle is the most important specialist art library in north Germany. With over 165 000 volumes, it provides an exceptional source of information, particularly about areas covered by the Kunsthalle's own collection. The strengths of the collection are artists' monographs, especially critical catalogues raisonnés, exhibition and collection catalogues.
Approximately 1.000 artists' books of the twentieth century, 2.000 illustrated books of the 15-19 centuries anthologies: collections of smaller exhibition catalogues of living artists, about whom it is otherwise difficult to access information auction catalogues and catalogues of works in store, a unique collection of eighteenth-century auction catalogues 295 current periodicals bibliographies and reference works a collection of newspaper cuttings about the activities of the Kunsthalle
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