General Information

The “Martha Cooper Library at URBAN NATION Museum Berlin” (MCL) is a library specializing in graffiti, street art and urban art literature. It shows the development of these art movements since the 1970s as well as the diversity of their genres and forms of expression.

The continuously growing collection is based on a generous donation as well as permanent loans of publications and archival materials by Martha Cooper, one of the first protagonists and central documentarist of graffiti and street art.

The MCL also gathers relevant material for the research of scientists, artists and curators and is available to the fellows of the “Fresh A.I.R.” residency program. It is planned that the library will contribute to the networking of an interested specialist audience through joint educational projects with scientific partner institutions in Germany and abroad. In addition, the MCL aims to inform a broad public about urban art through an educational programme, thus contributing to the promotion and understanding of this art form.

Interested parties are invited to use the reference library in the future by prior appointment. In addition to an exhibition room at the URBAN NATION Museum and a separate library room, a catalogue of the holdings will be made available online on this site.

The Martha Cooper Library will open to visitors in 2021 and will then be available in the form of a reference library. The exact opening date will be mentioned on this page.