Scope and Structure

The Lafuente Archive brings together various documentary topics and collections devoted to modern and contemporary art. Its primary purpose is to compile paintings, sculptures, books, magazines, catalogues, manifestos, pamphlets, ephemeral publications, prints, letters, cards, manuscripts, objects, photographs, pictures and projects. By doing so, the Archive sets out to trace and follow lines of investigation aimed at gaining a first-hand insight into the wealth of ideas, acts, events and developments that make up the history of art from the avant-gardes up to post-modernity.

If these materials are to be available for research, in addition to displaying artworks and documents in exhibitions –either produced by the Archive itself, or lending the Archive’s holdings as complementary to the projects of other institutions–, they must be cataloged, analyzed and studied. Contents of the Archive should also be the basis for publications, including facsimiles, translations, catalogs, analytical studies and doctoral theses, which will significantly enrich Spain’s artistic and esthetic cultural heritage.

Archivo Lafuente - Alcance
Rúrí: Items, 1978
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Today, the Lafuente Archive comprises around 120 000 documents, as well as some 2000 works of art, among them paintings, sculptures and graphic works. Books, magazines, posters and other ephemeral printed matter, drawings, manuscripts, sketches, collages, correspondence, photographs, artist books and, to a lesser extent, audiovisual material, make up the most frequent formats to be seen in the Archive.

This extensive and highly varied legacy of documents and works is organized into categories under the headings of Collections. The Collections bring together the complete, or almost complete, documentation generated by the activity of one sole producer, whether a person, a collective, an organization or an institution. Materials that make up the Collections may have diverse origins, but are all related by their content, principal figures or other criteria. The documents comprising these Collections may, in turn, also be structured into Topics.