Our bibliographic and document collections can be accessed via our catalogues which are also available for personalized searches. The catalogues are updated every day, feel free to visit them here:
We are currently in the process of correcting and standardizing the bibliographic notes and expanding the points of access to facilitate our users’ consults.
Collection and Document Catalogue
In 2017 we commenced the description process for the Ignacio Pirovano Archive. The remaining archives are only partially uploaded. We plan to continue with the updates and uploads throughout the year.
The Museo’s Historical Archive: This archive contains over 15,000 documents related to the different activities carried out at the Museo from 1956 to the present day. This documentation allows for a comprehensive reconstruction of the history of the institution and its active participation in the modern and contemporary art scenes in our country. The types of document that can be found in this archive include: notes, files, correspondence, newspaper cuttings, catalogues, photographs, posters, invitations, etc.
The Ignacio Pirovano Archive: In 1980, after the death of her brother Ignacio and in fulfilment of his wishes, Josefina Pirovano donated a set of artworks from his collection to the Museo de Arte Moderno. As part of this donation, the Library was entrusted with Ignacio Pirovano’s personal archive, which consisted of around a thousand paper documents related specifically to Pirovano’s multiple professional activities as a collector, patron and art critic.
José León Pagano Archive: In 1968, the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires received the donation of the José León Pagano Archive, which consists of documents gathered by the critic while researching his book El Arte de los Argentinos (Argentinian Art) and for articles published in the La Nación newspaper between 1922 and 1948. The archive consists of around 16,000 documents: photographs, negatives, drafts, catalogues, fliers, invitations, periodic publications, etc.
Alberto Heredia Archive: Following his death in 2000, Alberto Heredia’s will included the donation of his house-studio to the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, along with 568 of his works, 129 works by other artists from his private collection, his library and his personal archive. The Alberto Heredia Archive consists of a large number of documents produced and collected by the artist throughout his lifetime, representing a valuable contribution to the context and information surrounding one of the Museo’s most important collections.
Envelopes-legacies from Argentinian and foreign artists: Over 3000 envelopes containing graphic documents that provide information about the careers of Argentinian and overseas artists.
Photographic Archive / Photo-library: Made up of over 12,000 images (including negatives, positives and slides) related to modern and contemporary art in Argentina and overseas. This archive includes photographs from the Museo’s Historic Archive documenting its activities and artworks from its collection as well as a collection of photographic portraits and artworks by Argentinian and foreign artists. A large part of the photographs document exhibition openings from the 1960s taken by the renowned photographer Sameer Makarius.
Online archive catalogue and documentary collections