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Kunstbibliothek
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The basic holdings of the Art Library—around 25,000 volumes on art, architecture, and their history—came together as a result of passionate collecting. Daniel Rohner (1948–2007) followed contemporary art closely for over forty-five years and assembled a collection of exhibition catalogues and monographs in the process.



Daniel Rohner purchased his first books at the age of nine in London and Paris. Whether times were good or bad—he always continued collecting with the same intensity. The uncompromising character, the commitment to art that strongly distinguished him, is what made his collecting activities possible in the first place. He took a lot of notes, transcribed passages from his book for nights on end. His focus was on the moment and intensity of the work. He repeatedly arranged and rearranged his collection of books. He created extensive displays of books: he spread books out on every surface of a space, including on the floor. Daniel Rohner made compilations of books, which were changed to create new compilations every couple of hours. This associative working method that Daniel Rohner cultivated was decisive in the set-up of the Art Library. Thanks to RFID technology, the special character of this approach to collecting books today shapes the Art Library and the Material Archive. 



A large amount of literature on casting techniques, restoration, and plastic art from the collection of Felix Lehner supplements these holdings. With their collections, Daniel Rohner and Felix Lehner, owner and founder of the Kunstgiesserei, brought considerable substance into the Sitterwerk Foundation. United in this way, the collections are now continuously being supplemented by the Sitterwerk.