Research and Documentation Centre for Basque Women Artists. Feminist Artistic Practices and Art Theories

The Research and 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.

Presentation document (pdf) 

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 11am – 2pm and 4pm – 7.30pm
2022 Virgen Blanca Vitoria-Gasteiz city festival: August 4 closed; 8 and 9, closed in the afternoon
Christmas: January 5 closed in the afternoon

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

Consult the bibliographical and documental fund  

Objectives of the Documentation Centre

  • To bring together, preserve and disseminate documentation and archives of Basque women artists.
  • To bring together and preserve documentation and archives of women artists and thinkers linked to the museum’s collection and its programmes.
  • To identify, collect, organise, preserve and disseminate bibliographic and documentary sources that contribute to research on artistic practice and feminist thought.
  • To position the institution as a point of reference in the field of research on artistic practices and feminist theory.

Lines of action

  • Preserve and catalogue documentary archives of Basque women artists, as well as women artists present in the museum’s collection.
  • Create a thesaurus on art and feminism.
  • Develop lines of acquisition of women artists linked to the Documentation Centre and the museum’s collection.
  • Design and produce programmes, seminars, courses, publications, etc.
  • Consolidate collaboration networks with women artists, women curators, associations, institutions and other research and documentation centres, as well as international projects,



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 time line 


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. This digital archive is available for public consultation at the Documentation Centre.

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.

Laida Lertxundi, artist and filmmaker

Catalina Lozano, curator

Leah Withman-Salkin, resercher and editor

Gema Intxausti, artist

Azucena Vieites, artist

Lourdes Méndez, senior lecturer in Anthropology of Art 

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