Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA)

MuHKA, Museum for Contemporary Art Antwerp, NICC and Siemens Arts Program are pleased to announce the opening of the Martha Rosler Library in Antwerp on September 14, 2006 at 8.30 pm, as part of the exhibition ACADEMY. Learning from Art. Comprised of approximately 7,700 titles from the artist’s personal collection, the Library was opened to the public by e-flux in November 2005 as a storefront reading room. The contents range from political theory, art history and poetry to science fiction, mystery and children’s books; they include periodicals, dictionaries, maps and travel books, as well as photo albums, posters, postcards and newspaper clippings. The bibliography, currently in process, can be accessed online at

A personal library represents the private sphere of an individual, her way of acquiring and combining knowledge. Accumulation is the result of an intellectual inquiry that takes place in parallel with a more random search, which can lead us to unexpected textual, and therefore mental, spaces. The Martha Rosler Library offers the visitor an opportunity to approach this open source of information with her or his own interests, and to create new affinities and connections between the elements of the library that add to more than the sum of knowledge contained in it.

Martha Rosler will give a talk on October 18th, the inaugeral lecture in a lecture series organised by MuHKA during 2006/2007.

A publication on this project, produced in collaboration with Revolver (Archiv fur Actuelle Kunst) and Frankfurter Kunstverein, which hosted the library this past summer, will be available next year.

Martha Rosler is Brooklyn-based artist who works in video, photo-text, installation, sculpture, and performance, and writes on aspects of culture, with particular focus on everyday life and the public sphere. She is a renowned teacher who has lectured widely, nationally and internationally, and has published ten books of photography, art, and writing. Rosler was awarded the Spectrum International Prize in Photography for 2005 and the Oskar Kokoschka Prize in 2006.

The Martha Rosler Library in Antwerp
September 15 till November 11, 2006
location: NICC Museumstraat 35-37, 2000 Antwerp Belgium
MO > FRI 10.00 am – 6.00 pm