The S.M.A.K. library holds at least 50,000 exhibition catalogues, monographs and reference works on visual art beginning at the start of the twentieth century, though the emphasis is on the postwar period.
The library has books on sculpture, painting, photography, video, film and new media, and also – though to a lesser extent – on architecture, decorative art, design, dance and theatre. All these publications are divided into three categories: monographs and exhibition catalogues on individual artists, catalogues on group exhibitions classified by city, and a section of general works on aesthetics, art theory, major movements, etc.
In addition, the library collects press cuttings on contemporary art in its broadest sense, on Belgian and foreign artists and so on, and subscribes to about thirty current art periodicals, as well as keeping collections of more than a hundred now defunct magazines.
The publications can only be consulted, not borrowed. Admission is free to everyone.
Monday & Friday: closed
Tuesday & Thursday: open from 10 AM to 4 PM
Wednesday: open from 1 PM to 4 PM
T: +32 (0)9 240 76 06
Huis van de Abdis: Art Library
Hogeschool Ghent (School of Arts faculty), S.M.A.K. and the ‘Gentse Gidsen’ are cooperating on an ambitious project: a brand new Art Library. In concrete terms, the collections of the KASK, S.M.A.K. and the ‘Gentse Gidsen’ are being brought together in the ‘Huis van de Abdis’, which is opposite the STAM on the Bijloke site.
The joint project has already started: books are being processed at a tremendous rate and you can already consult the majority of the S.M.A.K. collection online via the HoGent library catalogue.
The Karel Geirlandt Collection (pre-2003) will be a separate entity within the Huis van de Abdis. Later publications from the S.M.A.K. library will be incorporated into the KASK collection.
The conversion of the Huis van de Abdis is in full swing. The plan is to move the S.M.A.K. library there in the course of 2016.