Barcelona Cultura


The initial documentary collection of the center comprises more than 20,000 books published between the sixteenth century and the present. Around 2,000 predate 1950. Its origins are ancient museum libraries of Decorative Arts, the Museum of Ceramics, Textiles and Clothing Museum and the Cabinet of Graphic Arts in Barcelona. Other institutions that have integrated their libraries are BCD (Barcelona Design Centre), ADG-FAD (Association of Art Directors and Graphic Designers of the FAD), the Association for the Study of the furniture, the Association of Advertising and Public Relations of Catalonia and the area of ​​Urban Habitat of the City of Barcelona.

In these origins must be added many donations received throughout these years by professionals, individuals, institutions and companies.

A fact that reveals the uniqueness of this documentary collection and the value it brings to the research community is that 37% of the previous books in the twentieth century were not located in any other heritage library of our territory. Neither in Catalonia nor in the rest of the state. Much of this uniqueness comes from the legacy of excellent books of clothing from the Countess of Vilardaga (1967) and the donation of Mr. Manuel Rocamora.

The most part of the contemporary documentary collection is located in the reading room and is freely accessible. To organize it, the Documentation Centre has developed its own classification system: The IMAG.

The most valuable and ancient documents are situated in a reservoir located within the same building of the Museum of Design. The Documentation Center uses RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) to know exactly how many queries it receives each document. With this information, reference documents are always located in the consulting room, easily available.

The documentary collection is available through the library catalog of the Documentation Centre, and through the following catalogs:

New books

  • America Sanchez : clásico, moderno, jazz y tropical
  • Vitamin T : threads & textiles in contemporary art
  • Androgyne : fashion + gender
  • Back side : dos à la mode
  • Artista y diseñador
  • Diseño : historia, teoría y práctica del diseño de producto
  • Bocaccio : on passava tot : històries i estètica del mític temple de la Gauche divine
  • Berlin living rooms
  • El gran salto : guía para lanzarte como freelance en las industrias creativas
  • Disueño : cuando el arte y el diseño jugaron a ser lo mismo : 1977-1979
  • Práctica
  • Bugholz, Vielschichtig : Thonet und das moderne Moebeldesign = Bentwood and beyond : Thonet and modern furniture design
  • Genealogías del arte, o la historia del arte como arte visual
  • Things that go together : Michael Anastassiades
  • Pasando a limpio
  • Maledetto design : l'ossessione pop delle icone
  • Así se hace un libro
  • Pretense design : surface over substance
  • Nendo
  • The history of graphic design
  • The history of graphic design
  • Invisible women : exposing data bias in a world designed for men
  • Bauhaus journal 1926-1931 : facsimile edition
  • Design history beyond the canon
  • A designer's material aesthetics reflections on fashion and technology
  • Design(h)ers : a celebration of women in design today
  • Value sensitive design : shaping technology with moral imagination
  • Colour : a visual history
  • Herman Miller : a way of living
  • Ceramics and the museum
  • Design, history and time : new temporalities in a digital age
  • Design by accident : for a new history of design
  • L'essencial : el disseny i altres coses de la vida
  • Clay : contemporary ceramic artisans
  • ¡Extra, moda! : el nacimiento de la prensa de moda en España
  • No era pecat : vivències d'una mirada
  • Verner Panton : environments, colours, systems, patterns
  • Gio Ponti : archi-designer
  • Duotone : limited colour schemes in graphic design
  • Netherlands-Bauhaus : pioneers of a new world

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