Documentation Centre for Basque Women Artists

The Documentation Centre for Basque Women Artists: Feminist Artistic Practices and Art Theories is a specialised research space of its own that brings together documentation related to artistic practices analysed by feminist studies. The Centre provides support for research into the various contexts that have revolved around feminism.

These are the main objetives of this documentation centre: to identify, collect, organise, conserve and disseminate bibliographic and documentary sources that contribute to research on these areas of knowledge; and to bring together and conserve documentation and archives of Basque women artists and women artists and thinkers in general linked to the Museum’s programming, its collection and exhibitions.

Access to the collections of the Documentation Centre is free of charge, but it is necessary to request a prior appointment by calling 945209008 or sending an email to

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7.30pm
Virgen Blanca festivities 2021: closed on 4 and 5 August, from 11am to 2pm on 6 August
Christmas: closed on 24 and 31 December, closed in the afternoon on 5 January

Consult the bibliographical and documental fund 

Network of related actions and projects

  • Opening a line of acquisitions of women artist books linked to the Artium Collection and Documentation Centre.
  • To provide the museum with a space for permanent consultation of archives, bibliography and collection of documentation works specific to this area of specialisation.
  • Design a line of books recommended by various women artists, writers and professionals linked to feminist artistic practices and thought.
  • Creation and consolidation of partnerships with contextual projects specialising in art and feminism.
  • Production of a video interview project as part of the Artium Collection and its programming.
  • Creation of a thesaurus on art and feminism.



This timeline has been produced in order to provide support for research into the various cultural, social and political contexts that have revolved around feminism, thereby safeguarding and disseminating the heritage legacy of feminist artistic practices and art theories, with special emphasis on the context of the Basque Country.

The tool offers us, on the one hand, access to information on the artistic heritage of Basque women artists who are part of the Artium Collection and, on the other hand, it allows us to consult the documentary heritage of each of these artists. In the former, the information is linked to EMSIME, the Collection’s catalogue, while in the latter, the documentary heritage can be consulted at Artiker, the catalogue of the bibliographic and documentary collection.

The timeline aims to connect the works of Basque women artists in the Artium Museum Collection and the documentary collection on these artists, framing and chronologically ordering this entire heritage legacy. This project, which is still under construction, aims to provide the Collection and the Museum’s women artists with a historical and interdisciplinary context that contextualises them and offers a gateway to knowledge about this area of specialisation.

See timeline 

Archives of basque women artists

Archive of Juncal Ballestín

On the occasion of the exhibition Juncal Ballestín. La vida como ejercicio (Juncal Ballestín: Life as Exercise), part of the documentary material used for the exhibition has been digitised and catalogued to promote the documentary legacy of this artist from Vitoria. This digital archive is available for public consultation at the Documentation Centre for Basque Women Artists at Artium Museum.

Access to the titles of the archive of Juncal Ballestín 

Recommended feminist books

One of the first programmes set up by the Documentation Centre for Basque Women Artists is the line of recommended books, a series of publications suggested by various women artists, writers and professionals linked to feminist artistic practices and thought. This idea enables the use of specialists in the field to help set up Artium Museum’s bibliographic and documentary collection, thereby enriching it with different viewpoints and criteria and also undertaking actions to activate this documentation.

These publications have been acquired and catalogued and are now available for consultation at the Documentation Centre for Basque Women Artists.

Gema Intxausti, artist

Azucena Vieites, artist

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