Founded in 1989, the Archives de la critique d’art is the only research facility in Europe devoted exclusively to the writing and personal archives of art critics. Located in Rennes, France, the Archives collects and conserves books and documents by art critics, institutions and art galleries, making them available for research by students, scholars, and critics from France and abroad.
Major donations from Michel Ragon, Frank Popper, and Pierre Restany form the collection’s core, with important gifts also made by Aline Dallier-Popper, Otto Hahn, Alain Jouffroy, and Michèle Cone. The collections of deceased critics including Dany Bloch (Video Art), Roberto Pontual (Latin America), Alain Macaire (International Art) and, most recently, François Pluchart (Body Art) have greatly augmented the Archive’s depth and scope. Additionally, the Archives contain all documents pertaining to the Biennale de Paris from 1959 to 1982, as well as the documentation of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA; French and international sections).
Research is regulated under the French Law on Archives no. 79-18 of 3 January 1979; visitors are obliged to certify their familiarity with its terms. Access to all documents is governed by the laws on intellectual property (92-597 of 1 July 1992 and 97-283 of 27 March 1997), which protect the intellectual property of authors for a period of 70 years after their death.
1- The library at archives de la critique d’art