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DOCVA, Documentation Center for Visual Arts organized by Careof and Viafarini, offers to the public a series of services for the promotion and documentation of contemporary art.


The Library counts over 22.000 including monographic catalogs, catalogs, essays, artists books and magazines about the visual arts from after World War II to the present day.

In order to facilitate your research we kindly invite you to consult Bibliobit search engine before your arrival, as well as to submit to info@docva.org a list of the volumes that you wish to consult.
DOCVA does not loan materials to individuals, who must use Library materials on site; however B/W xerox is permitted, in accordance with printed matter rules of preservation. Copy machine cost: 10 cents per copy, under the limit fixed by the current regulations.

Thanks to purchases, donations and exchange programs with museums, organizations and galleries, as well as artists who leave their documentation materials at DOCVA, the Library collection includes rare books such as exhibition catalogs, artists books and fanzines, besides the widespread publications. DOCVA keeps also the Giovanni Quadrio Curzio collection, comprising over 6.500 catalogs and literary works.

The library is organized by Careof and Viafarini. The computerized index is curated by Careof.

Magazines in consultation:
Arco (1998-2006)
Art in America (1989-1998)
Art in Italy (1993-2004)
Art Leader (1989-1994)
Art News (1986-1997)
Art Review (2006- oggi )
Art Scribe (1988-1991)
Arte e Critica (1993- today)
Arte (1980-2010)
Artefactum (1987-1992)
Artforum (1982- today)
Arts Magazine (1989-1992)
Beaux Art (1990-2003)
Combo (2007-2009)
Controcorrente (1995-2004)
D’ars (1981-2002)
Data (1973-1977)
Il diaframma/ fotografia italiana (1972-1982)
Espoarte (2004- oggi)
Exibart.onpaper (2003- today)
Flash Art Italia (1981- today)
Flash Art International (1980- today)
Frieze (1992- today)
Galleria (1997-2002)
Janus (1999-2009)
Juliet (1986- today)
Kaleidoscope (2009- today)
Le Journal (2001-2006)
Papiers Libres (1995-2010)
Parachute (1990-2001)
Parkett (1991- today)
Riga (1991-1996)
Segno (1990- today)
Tate etc. (2010- today)
Tema Celeste (1986-2007)
Titolo (1990-2009)
Urban (2001-2008)
Viatico (2003-2008)
Work (2002-2008)



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last update 15-02-2013