The Archives of Contemporary Arts
A Collection of Literary Estates
With the acquisition of the pre-mortem bequests of the author Peter Turrini and the composer Friedrich Cerha by the provincial government of Lower Austria, the foundation for an archive was laid to be dedicated to the collection of pre-mortem bequests and post-mortem estates of outstanding artists. The archive opened its doors in June 2010. The collection currently focuses on the areas of music, literature, film and architecture. In addition to the archival tasks of preservation, preparation and presentation of the collections, the activity of the archive also includes the conception and execution of research projects and scientific conferences, as well as its own publications.
The aesthetically sophisticated configuration of the archive rooms was implemented based on the concept designed by the Austrian architect Adolf Krischanitz. The architecture of the user spaces – embedded in the overall structure which carries a certain dignity, reminiscent of sacredness – deliberately picks up on the theme ‘archive’ in its visual presentation.
As a facility of the provincial government of Lower Austria, the Archive of Contemporary Arts – A Collection of Literary Estates is affiliated with the Faculty of Education, Arts and Architecture of the University for Continuing Education Krems (Danube University Krems).