The ArBiQ

The Quadriennale Archive Library (Archivio Biblioteca della Quadriennale, ArBiQ) is the Foundation’s department dedicated to the conservation, cataloguing and study of sources on 20th- and 21st-century visual arts. It safeguards the documentary funds conserved by enabling public consultation, expands the collection through purchases and donations, and encourages contacts with scholars and institutions for research projects. The establishment of the Archive Library began in 1998, when compilation of the inventory of the funds began. The new documentation centre was opened to the public in 2000, while all the archive materials were declared of considerable historical interest by the Italian Ministry of Culture the following year. Since 2003, the first private and personal archival and book funds have been acquired by donation. An online database is available for research purposes, which enables the integrated consultation of the archival funds inventoried to date. The library catalogue can be accessed online through the National Library Service (Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale, SBN), which the Institution has joined through the Rome Cultural Institutes hub.

The archival collection of the Quadriennale is closely connected to the promotion of 20th- and 21st-century Italian visual arts carried out by the Institution since the 1930s. The archival funds conserved include the large core of historical papers of the Quadriennale (1927-2000) and the over 15,000 continuously updated documentation files on Italian artists ranging from the 20th century to the latest generations.
In recent years, 12 additional funds donated by private individuals in the form of artists, art historians and gallery owners’ archives have been added to the Quadriennale’s two documentary cores.
For research purposes, an online database is available which enables the integrated consultation of the archival funds inventoried to date.


The Quadriennale’s library specialises in modern and contemporary Italian art. The library’s bibliographic material is continually updated, and now numbers around 50,000 volumes from the Institution’s own collection and the 8 special funds acquired through donations since 2005. The Quadriennale’s entire book heritage is catalogued and accessible online through the National Library Service (SBN), which the Institution has joined through the Rome Cultural Institutes hub.

publications - monographs

Terrazza. Artist histories places in Italy in the 2000s

by Laura Barreca, Andrea Lissoni, Luca Lo Pinto, Costanza Paissan
Marsilio Editori, Venezia 2014, 496 pp, 500 illustrazioni a colori.

The first atlas of young art in Italy after the year 2000: the most dynamic cultural realities and emerging artists. A wealth of information and immages, with accompanying texts by four new-generation curators. An investigation into where Italian art is going.

1957-2004. Cinquant’anni d’arte italiana nelle cronache di Lorenza Trucchi

Con un testo introduttivo di Marco Tonelli Marsilio, Venezia 2009, 208 pp. 30 illustrazioni in b/n
A selection of seventy-two articles from more than one thousand five hundred pieces written by Lorenza Trucchi for newspapers, weekly publications, magazines and exhibition catalogues between 1949 and 2007, in which the wonderful quality of Trucchi’s prose guides the reader through the history of 20th-century Italian art. The result is not just a record of works of art and the lives of the artists themselves, but also and above all a tale of strategies, concepts and exhibition practices.

Guida agli archivi d’arte del ’900 a Roma e nel Lazio

Presentazione di Gino Agnese, nota metodologica di Assunta Porciani Palombi editori, Roma 2009, 320 pp. 134 illustrazioni in b/n
A first, fundamental survey of 20th-century archives on artists, historians and critics, galleries, foundations, artistic and cultural associations, held by private individuals and public institutions in Rome and Lazio.
publications - Quaderni della Quadriennale
Founded in the early 1950s by Fortunato Bellonzi and Antonio Baldini, this series has made a fundamental contribution to our knowledge of certain periods and movements in Italian art, as well as of individual artists. Publication ceased in 1963 and later started again, under Bellonzi and Francesco Franceschini, for just two issues (1968, 1974), before being resumed in 2004 with a new series

I futuristi e le Quadriennali

Gino Agnese – Giovanna Bonasegale – Mariateresa Chirico – Enrico Crispolti – Matteo D’Ambrosio – Anty Pansera
n.s./5, Electa, Milano 2008, 216 pp., 375 illustrazioni in b/n, 30 tavole a colori

Burri. Una vita

Piero Palumbo
Con testimonianze di Giovanni Carandente, Lorenza Trucchi, Gino Agnese n.s./4, Electa, Milano 2007, 208 pp., 86 illustrazioni in b/n, 4 tavole in b/n e 15 a colori, abstract in inglese

La grande Quadriennale.
1935, la nuova arte italiana

Elena Pontiggia – Carlo Fabrizio Carli
n.s./3, Electa, Milano 2006, 276 pp., 259 illustrazioni e 46 tavole in b/n, abstract in inglese
publications - Contemporary Art Archive
This series has represented a new model for organizing existing documents on some of the main art movements in Italy between the 19th and 20th century. It was created at the end of the 1950s by a committee comprised of Giulio Carlo Argan, Giorgio Bacchetti, Fortunato Bellonzi, Enzo Carli, Giorgio Castelfranco, Guglielmo De Angelis D’Ossat, Enzo Francia, Emilio Lavagnino, Marco Valsecchi and Lionello Venturi. In 2009, the Archivi del Futurismo, to mark one hundred years since the birth of the movement, were the object of a new updated and extended edition, with the first volume being published at the end of 2010.

Nuovi Archivi del Futurismo. Cataloghi di esposizioni

A cura di Enrico Crispolti

De Luca Editori d’arte – CNR Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Roma 2010, 840 pp. 5250 illustrazioni in b/n testi italiano/inglese

Archivi del Futurismo

Raccolti e ordinati da Maria Drudi Gambillo e Teresa Fiori

volume primo
De Luca Editori in Roma, Roma 1958, 620 pp. 8 illustrazioni in b/n
volume secondo
De Luca Editori in Roma, Roma 1962, 530 pp. 1456 illustrazioni in b/n e 18 a colori

Archivi del Liberty italiano. Architettura

A cura di Rossana Bossaglia

Franco Angeli Libri, Milano 1987 608 pp., 100 illustrazioni in b/n

Archivi del Divisionismo

Raccolti e ordinati da Teresa Fiori
Saggio introduttivo di Fortunato Bellonzi

volume primo
Officina Edizioni, Roma 1968, 558 pp., 48 illustrazioni in b/n
volume secondo
Officina Edizioni, Roma 1968, 242 pp., 2767 illustrazioni in b/n, 8 tavole a colori

opening hours

Monday – Wednesday 10:30 am-1:30 pm/2:30-5:30 pm


Villa Carpegna, Circonvallazione Aurelia 72, 00165 Rome


An identity document is required for access. The use of a mask is compulsory in all areas of the Archive Library.


The Archive Library has a consultation room where a free research guidance service is available. A document reproduction service is available for a fee.

regulations and forms

for regulations and forms, see the Archive Library website

– Code of conduct (file pdf)
– Privacy policy