Les bibliothèques d'artistes


This project was made possible by the collaboration of various partners. Heritage institutions and universities offer scientific and technical support that ensure the project’s development and sustainability.


Université Paris Nanterre


The Université de Paris-Nanterre, located to the west of Paris near the business center of "La Défense", is a multidisciplinary university that welcomes more than 30,000 students each year and covers the broad spectrum of Humanities and Languages, Humanities and Social Sciences, Legal, Economic and Management Sciences, Technology, Culture and Arts, Information and Communication Sciences, and Physical and Sports Activities.

With the dual support of the History of the Arts and Representations (Histoire des Arts et des Représentations, HAR-EA 4414) at the Université de Paris-Nanterre and the Labex Pasts in the Present (Les Passés dans le présent), it is the initiating institution of the Artists’ Libraries project.

Histoire des arts et des représentations EA4414

The work of this interdisciplinary laboratory is devoted to art history; the history of representations and performances from the 15th century to the present day; and the study and use of film images from the perspective of history and the humanities. It is organized around four axes: Arts/Modernity and the questioning of modernities; criticism in art as creation (plastic arts/live arts/visual arts); the conditions of production of works, their learning and conservation; and the place of the arts during and after conflicts, wars and social violence.

Several HAR researchers, who are strongly interested in the link between the artist and his books, are part of the project team. This project is thus particularly integrated into the scientific program of this institution, which has supported the project since its inception.

Labex : les passés dans le présent


What do we know about our contemporaries' relationship with the past in a time of globalization? What do we know about the relationship to the past of the societies that preceded us, here and elsewhere, and the effects that the past has on the present and the future? Is an active knowledge of the past necessary for living together? At a time when communication industries are organizing knowledge and its circulation, under what conditions is this knowledge possible?

These collectively formulated questions have been at work in the scientific program of the Labex Pasts in the Present: History, Cultural Heritage, Memory (Labex Les passés dans le présent: histoire, patrimoine, mémoire) for a little over four years, mobilizing all the richness and plurality of the human and social sciences. They are the subject of long-term studies, large-scale surveys, new crossings between disciplines, and new kinds of investigations in the digital age. They lead to new methods and new research devices.

The Labex Pasts in the Present, which has supported the project since its inception, has been particularly involved in its digital theoretical construction and in the development of the corresponding tools.


Université Paris Lumière

Around its members, which are the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, Centre national de la recherche scientifique) and the two founding Universités de Paris 8 Vincennes - Saint-Denis and Paris Nanterre, the Université Paris Lumières (UPL) gives impetus to research and training thanks to the synergies that it allows between its members. In this sense, it implements a scientific program that is both coherent and structuring, energized by the scientific strengths of its institutions and founded upon each member’s research themes.

UPL is carrying out new research and training projects as part of a scientific program characterized by the decompartmentalization of disciplines and by inter-, trans- and multidisciplinary research.

Artists' Libraries received support from COMUE Université Paris Lumières in the form of a call for projects won in January 2017 for a period of two years.

Bibliothèque nationale de France

The BnF is a public institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and Communication. Its mission is to collect, preserve, enrich and communicate the national documentary heritage.

As a founding member of the Labex Pasts in the Present, it participates in the project by making available the digitized version of the works.



Huma-Num is a very large research infrastructure that aims to facilitate the digital revolution in humanities and social sciences research.

To fulfill this mission, Huma-Num is built on an original organization that consists of implementing a human (collective consultation) and technological (permanent digital services) mechanism on a national and European scale, relying on a large network of partners and operators.

Huma-Num hosts the project's website and data.