The library's collection is composed of monographs, exhibition
catalogues, sales catalogues, periodicals, CD-ROMS, etc. dealing
with paintings, drawings and sculptures, from the end of the middle-ages
to the present time. To a lesser extent, the library also has works
devoted to engraving, architecture, photography and applied arts.
Works relative to Flemish and Dutch art
Original surrealist documents and works devoted to surrealism
19th century sales catalogues
The documents comprise the following:
350,000 monographs and exhibition catalogues
57,000 sales catalogues
3,000 periodicals including 500 current
50 CDROMS (including Artbibliographies Modern, Art
Index, Répertoire d'Art et d'Archéologie, International
Repertory of the Literature of Art [RILA], Bibliographie d'Histoire
de l'Art and Mayer International Auction Records)
Art Sales Catalogues
The library of the RMFAB is co-operating to the enlargement of the data base Art Sales Catalogues of IDC Publishers/Brill. This research tool gives access to thousands of digitalized auction catalogues from the period 1600 – 1900.
In a first stage some 1100 auction catalogues conserved in the RMFAB library will be filmed so that the catalogues themselves won’t be accessible for a while. Thanks to this co-operation, from now on, we do already have, in the reading room, an access to the on line version that contains 28,000 listed auction catalogues.