Under the heading “Activities”, our personal pages provide listings of a person’s professional functions within institutions. Listed are the respective institution, the function and the duration of the activity. The linking of the named institution enables you to reach its respective data set. (Freelance activities are represented as roles within the respective exhibition / event).

Archival documents

An archival document is an individual document stored in an archive. The stored archival holdings consist of such documents. Under the basis-wien archive category “archival document”, you can find ephemera such as postcards, posters, art gallery information, programmes, portfolios, project descriptions and autographs in analogue and digital form.


The heading “Artists” contains a link listing artists that are now or have been represented by an art gallery.

Awards and grants

Under this heading are listed awards and grants received by a person, group or institution.

Bar graph (under the names of persons and institutions)

The bar graph under a name is a graphic visualisation of the contents of the entry and results from the sum of annually recorded exhibitions / events, publications and archival documents.


Our database is divided into several categories. In order to distinguish individual categories from each other optically and according to content, we have assigned each a specific colour.

_Persons/Groups (brown-grey)
_Institutions (blue)
_Exhibitions/Events (green)
_Works, Publications, Archival Documents (grey)

Controlled vocabularly

A controlled vocabulary is a collection of terms (vocabulary) that assigns clear meanings to each word. Controlled vocabularies are of importance above all in systematic documentation where information is described by means of tags (indexing). The use of controlled vocabularies is important for a structured gathering of data and enables a more targeted search.


Under the heading “Education” on our personal pages can be found the listed persons’ scholastic or practical education, the specific educational institutions attended, the duration of the education, the specific discipline studied, courses and teachers.

Exhibitions /Events

This category includes the exhibitions and events connected with the listed person, institution, publication or archival document. More information and links to the listed exhibitions can be found in the data set on the respective exhibition.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For technical reasons, our database cannot link exhibitions with other exhibitions. So as nevertheless to show the connections between exhibitions and the sub-exhibitions of larger exhibitions (for example, the Venice Biennale), these are listed as institutions.


With the filters, you can limit the amount of hits. Filter options are also available on our database pages on both the search result and the person, institution and exhibition pages. Filters are available only in the case of a large set of results and are generated from the contents of the entries that they accompany.


A function describes a range of tasks and responsibilities within an organisational structure. In our database, the activities that persons pursue or have pursued are particularised by specifying their function. In assigning a function, we rely on a controlled vocabulary that can be supplemented by more precise notes.

Gallery Representation

Under the heading “Gallery Representation”, we list the art galleries representing an artist.


Under this category, we list not only classical institutions such as museums, but also art and cultural spaces such as off-spaces.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For technical reasons, our database cannot link exhibitions with other exhibitions. So as nevertheless to show the connections between exhibitions and the sub-exhibitions of larger exhibitions (for example, the Venice Biennale), these are listed as institutions.


The indexing of our entries is generated from a controlled vocabulary that is used only in connection with exhibitions / events. Persons cannot be directly indexed.

Last modified on

The date at the bottom of the database pages indicates when the entry was last modified.

Listed students

Under the link “Listed students”, you will find the students of persons who are engaged in or have engaged in teaching. Here you will also find a linked list of students. We can make no claim to the completeness of the listings.

Member(s) / Membership

Our database lists two kinds of membership: membership in artist groups and membership in an institution, organisation or association.

Persons / Groups

This category comprises both individual persons and artist groups.
Under the heading “persons”, the individual database pages list all persons associated with an institution or exhibition.

Pseudonym (pseud.) / of

A pseudonym is the assumed or professional, not the real, name of a person. Pseudonyms are listed in our database as their own data set. If a data set exists for the actual person using the pseudonym, then this is linked to the pseudonym.


The category “Publications” includes all published materials (for example, catalogues and press articles) stored in analogue or digital form in our database.


Under the heading “Relations”, you will find a graphic representation of the relations in which each data set stands to others.

Reporting an error

Below all entries on each page of our database there is a “Report Error” button in the form of a raised index finger. Despite the most careful research, we cannot exclude the possibility of errors in the entries; we therefore ask you to point out any error that you may find.

Clicking the “Report Error” button will automatically generate an e-mail to our archive stating the data set ID in which you wish to propose a correction. The editorial staff of the basis wien archive check the incoming suggestions and reserve the right to decline to include information that does not meet our archival guideline. There is usually no e-mail response to suggestions.


“Role” describes the relation in which a person or institution stands to exhibitions, events, works, publications and archival documents. In reference to a publication, for example, this could be the role of author or editor; in reference to an exhibition, that of a speaker or a lecturer. The assigning of roles is based on archival standards and generated from a controlled vocabulary; it is not free text input.

See also

The persons / groups or institutions under “See also” refer to other data sets related to the respective data set.

Show all / Close all

So as to make the pages of the database more manageable for you, data sets with many entries have the buttons “Show all” and “Close all” above the theme blocks. “Show all” opens all the blocks; “Close all” closes all of them.

Within the blocks, the initial view opened consists of 10 listed entries. By selecting the button “Show all” you can open all the entries within a block; by selecting “Close all” you can close the block. The number in square brackets tells you how many entries are linked to each block. Only blocks that contain content are displayed.

Show more

In order to make result pages more manageable, only the first section of long texts are initially displayed. Clicking the “Read more” button will show the whole text.


You will find the heading “Students” on the database pages of art schools and other educational institutions. It provides a linked listing of students; clicking a name takes you to the respective personal page.

Synonym (syn.)

Under “Synonym”, our database lists alternative spellings of names and the spellings of names in other languages.


The specification of a “type” is used to differentiate further a category. Thus, for example, the category Exhibitions / Events is divided into Group Exhibitions, Individual Exhibition, Discussion, etc. The listed types are generated from a controlled vocabulary; they are not free text input.


This category lists the artistic works of persons or groups included in our database. The entries are linked; by clicking the title of a work, you will be redirected to a reproduction of the work and other work-related information.