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The Mart offers itself to the public as a cultural laboratory: its exhibitions, study and research activities are all closely inter-connected. The 20th century is narrated through artworks, historical documents, the personal items of artists and new tools to explore further. The Archivio del '900 plays a fundamental role within the Museum. They contain more than 70 personal artists’, architects’ and art critics’ collections, with tens of thousands papers, manuscript texts, drawings, photographs, press cuttings and libraries.

 

The CIM (Catalogo Integrato del Mart) is an open access database that supplies informations on the collections. All contents are in italian.
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Angelini sisters archive
(documents from the latter half of the 19th century to 1942, plus some other documents up to 1991)

The collection focuses on the bond between Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and the Angelini sisters, his “faithful maids” and the role they played in supporting Futurism. The papers mainly include the correspondence with Marinetti, with Giacomo Balla, Francesco Cangiullo, Fortunato Depero and other Futurists.
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Library

The bibliographical collection – about 20 elements – includes dossiers of periodicals containing articles by and about Marinetti, futurist manifestos and books by other Futurists, including Piedigrotta (1916) and Caffeconcerto (1919) di Cangiullo. It also includes edition no. 5 of 12th February, 1916, of “Vela latina” with two parolibere plates by Marietta, and a pamphlet in memory of Nina (Milan, 1926).
 

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Archivio di Nuova Scrittura (ANS) archive
(documents dating from 1963 onwards; with some documents from 1913)

The collection contains the documentation produced and gathered together by the Archivio di Nuova Scrittura in Milan, founded by Paolo Della Grazia in collaboration with Ugo Carrega. Along with the documents concerning the Archive’s activities, the collection also contains over 100 dossiers dedicated to many artists, principally those involved in visual and concrete poetry.

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Library

With the Della Grazia long-term loan, Mart acquired over 10,000 books and pamphlets, together with over 500 periodicals related to verbo-visual researches. Because of its range and complexity, it has been divided into several sections: the historical artistic avant-garde movements, Futurism, illustrated books, artists’ books, verbo-visual books and pamphlets, periodicals.

 

Download the list (pdf in italian):

historic artistic avant-garde movements

futurism

illustrated books

artistists' books

studies in words and images in book form

studies in words and images in pamphlet form

periodicals

 

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The Enrico Baj Collection
(being catalogued, not consultable)

Donated by the artist’s heirs, the vast Enrico Baj (1924 – 2003) archive documents his art and literary work in depth as well as the genesis and development of the art movements - from Nuclear art to Pataphysics - he espoused.
It consists mainly of correspondence, writings and miscellaneous printed material.

Library

Part of the artist's personal library was also donated, including a great many catalogues and monographs on Baj and also Futurist first editions, books and art reviews.

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Luciano Baldessari archive
(documents from 1919 to 1982; with some additional material up to 1995)

The documentary material highlights the significance of Luciano Baldessar in the field of 20th-century Italian architecture, for his receptiveness to the stimulus of the European avant-garde movements and personal vocation for an interdisciplinary approach to the arts.
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Library

The book collection – around 1300 items, comprising books and pamphlets – focuses mainly on the second half of the 20th century, with an ample section dedicated to architecture, a personal bibliography, art books, literature and music.

 

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Carlo Belli archive
(documents from 1909 to 1989; with some additional material up to 1997)

The documentary material reflects the vast range of Belli’s interests and the breadth of his contacts, the role he played in promoting abstract art and contemporary architecture in Italy, and his intellectual contribution as journalist, critic, musicologist, composer and amateur archaeologist.
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Library

The book collection, which is currently being catalogued, consists of about 7000 volumes and pamphlets, many of which with autograph inscriptions by the authors, revealing the network of relations maintained by Belli with exponents of Italian culture of the period.

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Mirella Bentivoglio papers
(documents from 1966 to 2006)

Bentivoglio was an exponent of verbo-visual art and a poetess. The papers arrived together with a group of works donated by the artist, and document the work of some women artists active since the 1960s.
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Library

This is a 238-volume book and pamphlet collection containing work published from 1962 to 2010 documenting visual poetry, verbo-visual experimentation and women’s art, themes which Mirella Bentivoglio enquired widely into and promoted. Her writings and a collection of seventy art books by women artists forms the collection's central nucleus.


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Pompeo Borra papers
(documentation from the 1920s to the 1970s with additions up to the 1990s)

This collection was donated to Mart by the artist’s nephew and is a collection of documents, primarily correspondence, which reflects the various aspects of Borra’s professional career ranging from exhibitions to teaching, from his debut in the Novecento milieu to his contacts with Galleria del Milione and his role in the Art Club.
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Library

The collection contains leaflets, pamphlets, periodicals and monographs collected by the artist and other work published after his death. For the most part it is a bibliography of Borra’s exhibition work from the starting point of his first solo exhibition in 1928 to the critical catalogue of 2016.

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Bosco dei Poeti path of art and nature
 
Library

This collection was left with Mart in 2013 by artist Lorenzo Menguzzato Lome together with around 50 canvas banners made to artistic designs entitled Pensieri al vento or Thoughts in the Wind. It contains around one hundred books including certain book-objects made by the artist together with critic and writer Luigi Serravalli. The largest corpus is made up of sixty Edizioni Pulcinoelefante books.

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Silvio Branzi archive
(documents from the beginning of the 20th century to 1976; with some additional material up to 1981)

The documents mainly consist of photographic and printed material relative to the work of Italian and foreign artists, especially contemporary ones; of artistic movements in given geographical areas; and of exhibitions and museum collections.
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Library

The books were donated to the city of Trento after the death of Silvio Branzi, an art critic, and then passed on to Museo Provinciale d’Arte at Castello del Buonconsiglio. With the creation of Mart’s contemporary collection at Palazzo delle Albere, the collection formed the first element in the new institution’s library, and the core of its work, with a comprehensive catalogue collection from Venice’s Galleria del Cavallino, Milan’s Galleria del Naviglio, the Venice Biennali - from 1895 to 1972 - and other exhibition catalogues, essays and art magazines. It consists of about 500 books and pamphlets.

 

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books

pamphlets

 

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Duilio Cambellotti archive
(documents from the 1880s to 2004; with some documents from the 1850s)

The Duilio Cambellotti collection documents the artist’s activities in numerous fields, from illustration to decoration, set design to painting and sculpture to advertising design. The collection mainly contains papers concerning his professional projects, photographs and correspondence.
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Mario Carli - Mario Dessy archives
(documents from ca. 1889 to 1995)

The two holdings relate to the literary, artistic, social and political activities of Carli and Dessy.
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Carlo CarrÓ archive
(documents from 1912 to 1966; with some additional material up to 1988)

The collection highlights the importance of Carlo Carrà’s painted and critical work from the moment he joined the Futurist movement, and his role in a general renewal of Italian painting.
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Library

The library of 126 books is set chronologically between 1912 and 1996. It consists of a bibliography of the artist, and shows through the catalogues of personal exhibitions the critical fortune of Carrà’s painting after the Second World War. Among the titles dating from the Futurist period there are the catalogues of the second exhibition of Der Sturm in 1912 and Guerrapittura in 1915.

 

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Ugo Carrega Papers
(Documents dating to the 1971 to 2011 period)

Donated by Ugo and Valeria Carrega in 2014, together with a book collection and around 500 graphic works by the artist, the papers testify, in particular, to Carrega’s art and literary experimentation over his latter years as well as his exhibitions and the activities of his last artist-run space, Euforia costante. The art books and photographic documents on Carrega’s work, comprising hundreds of photos, are of especial importance.

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Library

This library collection comprises 35 bibliographical units primarily relating to Ugo Carrega’s art work as well as a number of printed works by Ezra Pound. The documents in the book collection include a number of partially self-produced art book by Carrega himself.

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Paolo Caruso-Claude LÚvi Strauss Papers
(documents dating to the 1954 to 1988 period)

Collection of around 90 documents relating primarily to Paolo Caruso’s ethnology studies on the thought and work of Claude Lévi-Strauss. The collection includes a great many letters sent to Caruso by publishers, university professors, philosophers and journalists as well as around fifty photos comprising a series of original copies dating to the 1930s which document Levi-Strauss’s explorations of the indigenous peoples of Brazil.

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Casa Malaparte archive
(documents from 1938 to 1959; with some additional material up to 1965)

The holding illustrates the project for the construction of Casa Malaparte, with some tecnhical drawings and the correspondence between the Amitrano firm and the writer Curzio Malaparte.
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Cassinelli Pezzotta Manz¨ papers
(documents dating from 1943 to 1990)

Papers donated by the heirs of Ernestina (Titi) Cassinelli Pezzotta, who kept up an intense correspondence during World War Two with various artists and intellectuals including Luigi Bartolini and Giorgio Morandi. In particular, the papers relate to her correspondence with sculptor Giacomo Manzù.
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Guglielmo Achille Cavellini papers
(documents dating from 1973 to approx. 2014)

Printed documents relating to G.A. Cavellini’s artistic work, donated by his son Piero Cavellini. This printed material, mainly relating to Cavellini’s Mail Art work comprises announcements, adhesives, postcards and stamps by him.
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Library
 
Giannina Censi archive
 

The collection documents Censi’s experience as a Futurist “performer”, capable of expressing F.T. Marinetti’s Parolibere and E. Prampolini’s Aereopitture with her body alone, and highlights the link between the Italian avant-garde and the overall rejuvenation of the international avant-garde’s choreographic and sculptural language.
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Library

The library contains a small section of choreography books collected by Cesi, including a bibliography of magazine articles published in the 1970s and 1980s that accompanied the rediscovery of Censi’s significance to the historic avant-garde.

 

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Morpurgo archive - Fondo Cherini
(documentation from 1883 to 2004)

The archive, which is in the process of being described but can already be consulted, documents the artistic and literary activity of the lawyer Nelson Morpurgo, and the promotion of Futurism he conducted in Egypt through his relationships with intellectuals and artists. Donated by Morpurgo’s heirs, the archive mainly includes correspondence, writings, press review.
Download the description curated by F. Benatti and M. Pellegrini (Italian)

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Library

Part of the artist's personal library was donated to the Museum together with the documentation. It includes monographic publications and magazines focusing mainly on the Futurist avant-garde.

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Piermario Ciani papers
(documents dating from the 1980s to 2006)

This printed documentation, donated by Vittore Baroni, relates to Piermario Ciani’s graphic art, publishing and musical work as co-founder - with Baroni - of the AAA editions publishing house. It includes invitations, postcards, his own publishing work, records and other miscellaneous printed work by Ciani.
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Library
 
Gaetano Ciocca archive
(documents from the last quarter of the 19th century to 1966)

The holding documents the several activities of Gaetano Ciocca, engineer, inventor and essayist, and the breadth of his technical knowledge and cultural interests. The documents include his notes and texts of various sorts, drawings, photographs and correspondence.
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Library

Among the 181 volumes in the collection, there is a professional section, with the engineer’s writings, books about mathematics, physics, construction methods and essays on traffic, transport, economics, and a family collection, with 19th-century editions of Greek and Latin classics and 20th-century narrative literature.

 

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David Cole papers
(documents from 1985 to 2000)

This group of documents consists of over 500 letters and includes mail art sent by Betty Danon to David Cole. The documentation complements the Danon collection, which counts about 700 letters from David Cole to Betty Danon.
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David Cole papers inventory (Italian)
 

 
Tullio Crali archive
(documents from 1910 to 1994)

The collection consists of biographical and professional documents produced and collected by the Futurist Tullio Crali. Gatherd in 13 volumes set up by Crali himself, it includes material of various kinds: photographs, printed material, papers, drawings and graphic works.
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Betty Danon archive
(documents from 1972 to 2002)

The collection documents the artistic activity of Betty Danon, especially in the field of mail art. Most of the thousands of letters in the collection concern this field of art in its various forms.
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Library

The artist’s library, with essays on art, artists’ books and exhibition catalogues consists of about 500 publications edited between the 1960s and 2000, and illustrates her artistic and poetic development.

 

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Quirino De Giorgio archive
(documents from 1925 to 1986)

The collection above all consists of small-format photographs, most of which taken by Quirino De Giorgio himself. They document the building of about 80 architectural projects dating from the 1920s to the 1960s, mainly designed by de Giorgio but also by other architects.
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