Artist Books and Independent Editions
The Art Library's collection is constantly growing and has an international scope. However, the largest number of items in it are by Portuguese artists or foreigners residing in Portugal, from various generations, reflecting national artistic creation from the 1960s onwards.
The artists’ relationship with the book is as old as the book itself. The “book” is often just a conceptual reference used as a support for a specific artistic project, not reduced to paper and ink, but incorporating all kinds of materials the artist wishes to use. In this collection, which includes “independent edition” books – sometimes the line separating them from artist’s books is very thin -, one finds both single and multiple works, of various formats and sizes: books printed in offset, digital or moveable type; books produced entirely by hand or in which the artist had a direct intervention in their printing; books with print runs of up to hundreds of copies or just a dozen, or even special editions, or even special editions, accompanied by original drawings and/or paintings, engravings and/or serigraphs.
Discover the books in the collection
Room 5 Editions
Collective artist's books produced by the students of the Visual Arts degree of ESAD.CR.
Ana Mata (1980)
Graphic diary 2010-2015 produced as part of the exhibition at Módulo Gallery, Lisbon, from 5 March to 9 April 2016.
Alexandre Estrela (1971)
A flip-book published as part of the 2006 exhibition at the Vila Flor Cultural Centre, Guimarães.
Ana Vidigal (1960)
Artist's book made for the commemorative exhibition of 40 years of Galeria Diferença in 2019.
Inês Cóias (1976)
Book inspired by the theme 'Red Shoes', with references from literature, music and cinema.
João Fonte Santa (1965)
The book results from the artist's reflections during the economic crisis between 2012 and 2015.
Carla Rebelo (1973)
Dedicated to Polymynia, muse of Geometry, this book creates planes, lines, intersections, tangencies and other spaces.
Sílvia Prudêncio (1981)
Each book corresponds to a record. These are books that lend themselves to a break.