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The library and the archive

The birth and development of the Collection have been accompanied by the constant acquisition of bibliographical materials related to most of the artists and movements represented in the Collection, and thus by a thorough documentation of their historical and critical context. The library and archive hold more than ten thousand volumes (artists’ books, monographs, essays and catalogues) and documents that derive from various sources and focus on various spheres of reference: the historical archives of the collector, Achille Maramotti, and also of Mario Diacono, the author, gallerist and art critic with whom he entertained a close intellectual relationship for more than thirty years; and the constantly expanding archive which the Collection itself has compiled since its opening in 2007. All of this bibliographical material on contemporary art is housed in the ground-floor library. Access to the library and its archives is open to students and scholars on the basis of previous approval of their individual requests.