AAP Archive Artist Publications
|Founded by Hubert Kretschmer in Munich, Bavaria, Germany in 1979
|Since 1980 Hubert Kretschmer has collected, archived and documented artist publications for his archive. This Independent Archive Project was founded in Munich by the publisher, artist and art educator Hubert Kretschmer. His aim was to make it possible for artist-produced media to have a presence on an international platform.
A network developed from the personal relationships with artists, international private collectors, book and art dealers as well as libraries, enabling Hubert Kretschmer to further enlarge his comprehensive archive. Today it comprises circa 50,000 items of varying media. Of these about 31,000 are publicly accessible in the online catalogue.
As so-called “grey literature”, such publications are usually not collected by public libraries, despite possessing a high documentational value. Publications by artists with a limited audience and those which are not archived permanently or in any central archive are the most common. The archive artist publications would like to contribute to making this significant field of artistic production permanently and publicly accessible.