The Generali Foundation Study Center is a multifunctional research and learning environment that lets users immerse themselves in art from classic modernism to the present. It is open to the public and housed at the Rupertinum, one of the museum’s two venues, in Salzburg’s old town. The Generali Foundation’s and the Museum der Moderne Salzburg’s libraries hold ca. 45,000 titles, which are accessible on site only. The holdings reflect the various foci of the two institutions’ art collections: from classic modernism, graphic art, photography, and Austrian and international post-1945 art to conceptual art, visionary architecture and its intersections with design, feminist approaches, social and political concerns and critical analyses of society, tendencies in performance art, and film and media theory. Users can examine primary and secondary literature on modern and contemporary artists, exhibition catalogues, volumes of art theory, (historic) journals and artists’ books, illustrated books, bibliophile editions, difficult-to-find sources, and rare books that have been out of print for decades.
A unique special facility is the media library: two terminals provide access to the films and videos in the Generali Foundation Collection, including works by VALIE EXPORT, Dan Graham, Harun Farocki, Sanja Iveković, Elke Krystufek, Joachim Koester, Gordon Matta-Clark, Mathias Poledna, and Martha Rosler. This cinematic archive also contains ca. 300 recordings of special events held in conjunction with exhibitions at the Generali Foundation in Vienna since the 1990s.
Another noteworthy feature of the Generali Foundation Study Center is a set of special archives related to the oeuvres of artists such as Michael Asher, Andrea Fraser, and Adrian Piper. The Generali Foundation is the only European institution to hold a copy of the archive of Gordon Matta-Clark (the original is at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal). In 2004, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg acquired the personal library and parts of the private archive of the Austrian art critic Kristian Sotriffer. We are working to review and catalogue this unique body of documentary material and make it accessible to scholars in the next few years.
Users wishing to scrutinize materials of their choice can use the quiet and spacious reading room. Right next door is the inviting “Franz West Lounge,” named after the internationally renowned artist Franz West (Vienna, AT, 1947–Vienna, AT, 2012), who designed the benches and chairs. Collaboration with other artists was a key principle in West’s work, and so he left the choice of fabrics and colors to Peter Kogler and Marcus Geiger. Heimo Zobernig, who worked with West on a number of joint creative projects, designed the tables. The Generali Foundation has major bodies of work, including some seminal pieces, by all these artists. The extravagant lounge is popular with groups, who use it for shared learning experiences, workshops, seminars, and other events. It is fully equipped with the necessary technical infrastructure (projector, sound system, etc.).
The Generali Foundation Study Center also hosts thematically focused temporary presentations of selections from the museum’s art collections and the libraries and archives on a regular basis, making it a perfect example of a “living archive,” where the work of collecting, conserving, and building public access to books, archival materials, and media is intertwined with the scholarly study of and curatorial engagement with these artifacts.
We will be happy to assist you in your research during our regular opening hours and by appointment.
Online catalogue of the Generali Foundation
We are working on an online catalogue of the complete holdings.
Generali Foundation Study Center
Museum der Moderne Salzburg Library
T +43 662 842220-551
Tue—Thu 10 a.m—3 p.m. and by appointment (registration link)
Closed during Christmas holidays from December 24, 2020, until January, 10, 2021
Free admission and WiFi, no library card required