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Historical Archives

Photo Library

The Photo Library gathers all the photographic documentation produced by the various activities of the Biennale from 1895 to the present: exhibitions of art and architecture, film festivals, conferences, theatre performances, concerts and dance. The Photo Library conserves the photographs of works of art on exhibit, installations, exhibition designs, exhibition preparations, inauguration and awards ceremonies, press conferences, photographs of performances, artists and personalities; it also collects projects and models from the architecture exhibitions.
The Photo Library conserves approximately 600,000 positives, 130,000 slides, 37,000 negatives, 27,309 plates and approximately 35,000 digital images. The photographic documentation that has been recorded is currently being inventoried.
The following research tools are available:
1. An alphabetical classification by name of artist;
2. A chronological classification by film, theatre, music, dance and architecture events;
3. An alphabetical classification by names of personalities and artists.
The Photo Library is complemented by the Laboratory that documents the activities and the events of the Biennale and is responsible for the photography, often in collaboration with specialized firms; it is also in charge of the duplication of plates, negatives and positives for users.