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A new Paris institution has taken up residence in the old BN premises, at the rue Richelieu -- for those of you who have been wondering, since the BN books left for Tolbiac -- and anyone interested in the history of art should take note:
The INHA / Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art -- "séminaires, colloques, conférences et exposition", "publications", "Département des Etudes et de la Recherche", "Un réseau pour l'histoire de l'art" --- plus, as the new occupant of the venerable Salle Labrouste, "La Bibliothèque" --
(click on "Rech. simple" etc. in the bar at the top. JK)
-- initially the catalog contains 540,000 entries representing about 700,000 documents, primarily printed books. It will be enriched during 2004 with the retroconversion of sales catalog inventories representing nearly 200,000 documents, then with the catalog of 13,000 modern prints in the Jacques Doucet collections.
-- other projects to be undertaken during 2004-6 include --
"Together the collections will represent an exceptional total of about 1,340,000 documents.
"These collections and their attendant services will be offered in the historic Salle Labrouste of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and in four floors of the storage stacks nearby. A large portion of the collections -- about 275,000 documents -- will be available to readers in open stack access."
The INHA also sees itself as a member of an international / trans-national "art history network": (tr. JK) --
"The INHA unites, at its Vivienne and Richelieu sites, 40 institutions -- specialized schools, educational groups, research and resource centers, libraries, reviews, learned societies -- and offers these to the national and international network of the history of art." Links to all of these and more are offered at,
Programmes de recherche
GAAEL : Guide des Archives d'Artistes En Ligne -- le guide des fonds d'archives d'artistes, de collectionneurs et de galeries du XXe siècle est une base de données permettant de localiser des fonds ou des pièces d'archives conservés en France --
[Lots going on:]
The idea of a central repository, for the traditionally-scattered Paris resources in the fine arts and their history, has been current for a while: the following account is from the INHA website (tr. JK) --
"Regarding the INHA : the key dates"
"First conceived in 1973 by Jacques Thuillier, advisor to President Georges Pompidou, then formally proposed in 1983 by André Chastel, the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art was officially created on July 12, 2001.
"In a report ordered by the government, André Chastel emphasized the absolute necessity of creating a French Institut d'histoire de l'art, unifying libraries, documents and archives, capable of receiving both researchers and students, and of developing the discipline and disseminating the results throughout France and beyond.
"The Benhamou and Encrevé Reports embraced the idea of locating the Institute at the Richelieu site, left vacant by the transfer to Tolbiac of the print collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, and they defined the concept of the Institute: one encompassing functions of education, research, and documentation.
"The library of the Institute would unite existing collections: the Bibliothèque d'art et d'archéologie - Jacques Doucet, the Bibliothèque centrale des musées nationaux, and the Bibliothèque de l'École nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts -- and to these would be joined the Bibliothèque de l'École nationale des chartes, as well.
"The Laclotte Report laid out detailed conditions for the development of the project, insisting on the necessity of providing research tools and on the creation of collective and cooperative programs.
"Creation of an association de préfiguration de l'Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA), presided over by Professor Alain Schnapp.
"In 2001, the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art was created by decree (Journal officiel du 14 juillet 2001), as an 'établissement public à caractère scientifique, culturel et professionnel'. It reports jointly to the ministries of 'l'enseignement supérieur, de la recherche' [Ministère de l'Éducation nationale, de la Recherche et de la Technologie. JK] and of "culture' [Ministère de la Culture. JK]. Alain Schnapp was named 'directeur général" (decree of August 29, 2001)."
The institutional history of the INHA may be read online at their website: all of the "textes officiels", plus completion dates --
Calendrier (tr. JK)
"The installation of the Institut national d'histoire de l'art will proceed in two major steps:
2003 -- Bâtiment Vivienne
"Installation, in the renovated building at 2 rue Vivienne (the "Galerie Colbert), of the office of doctoral programs, the center for cooperative research, and the reviews and learned societies, as well as the administrative and scientific services of the INHA.
By the project's end -- Bâtiment Richelieu
"Opening of the Bibliothèque de l'INHA after the renovation of the Salle Labrouste and those of its storage areas which will accommodate the three art libraries: the Bibliothèque d'art et d'archéologie - Jacques Doucet, the Bibliothèque centrale des musées nationaux, and the Bibliothèque de l'École nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts.
"The École Nationale des Chartes and its library will be installed nearby, in the buildings extending along the rue de Richelieu and the rue de Petits-Champs. This second phase also will involve the relocation of the départements spécialisés of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France."
And the director of the département de la Bibliothèque et de la Documentation de l'INHA, Martine Poulain, has written a fine presentation of the project, and of the library's role in it:
"Une grande bibliothèque d'art en préparation : La
bibliothèque de l'INHA",
in Bulletin des Bibliothèques de France, 2004, t. 49, n. 3, pp. 67-78.
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