Das Kunstbuch. Association for the Promotion and Dissemination of Artist’s Books

The purpose of the association Das Kunstbuch is to build a network of artists, collectives, self-publishers, small publishing houses, antiquarian booksellers, libraries, institutions, printing houses and all those dedicated to the medium of the printed book. Artists’ books constitute, in contrast to catalogues or monographs, autonomous and democratic works of art. The aim of the association is to disseminate and promote artists’ books in order to heighten the appreciation and visibility of this field. 

Members of Das Kunstbuch are part of an engaged community that is passionate about art publishing in Austria and beyond. In addition to annual perks, members contribute to the sustainability and growth of the Vienna Art Book Fair—keeping the event free, while also allowing us to invite international artists and pay fair fees to presenters and arts workers. Your cash donation not only supports the production of the Vienna Art Book Fair #2, but also demonstrates your commitment to fostering Austria’s art publishing communities and to establishing Vienna as a centre for artists’ publishing.

Your membership fee for the year 2023 will support the association in order to:

  • Plan and realize the Vienna Art Book Fair #2 that will take in October 2023 at/in cooperation with dieAngewandte – University of Applied Arts Vienna.
  • Realize the extensive cataloguing of the association’s art book library ( The library in Graz (Austria) can be visited on request
  • Support young artists to realize their first publishing projects

Membership Benefits 2023* include:

  • Invitations and opportunities to participate in low priced workshops, invitation to events and exhibitions on the subject of the artists’ book/publishing
  • Free consultation and support for all questions regarding the subject artist’s book/publishing
  • Assistance in searches for artists’ books that are out of print
  • Networking opportunities via the social media channels of Das Kunstbuch
  • The opportunity to actively contribute to the planning of our annual programme
  • Free of charge access to the library of the association (upon request)
  • A 20% discount on all orders via the website of the Verlag für moderne Kunst, a 10% discount on purchases at Harpune Verlag, and a 10% discount at Backbonebooks 
*a full summary of benefits is available on the association’s website


Membership 2023

FRIEND  | 50€/35€*

Includes a surprise gift

*discount available for pupils, students, artists, people on maternity/paternity leave, as well as job seekers


FRIEND SILVER Members will receive the following publications: two Moby Dick Filets (a limited edition of 460 numbered copies), Harpune Verlag, Vienna.

As an additional bonus, you will receive the Vienna Art Book Fair #1 fundraising edition „i want to become a millionaire“ by Thomas Geiger.


FRIEND GOLD Members will receive a selection of four exquisite artist’s books over the course of the year 2023

As an additional bonus, you will receive the Vienna Art Book Fair #1 fundraising edition „i want to become a millionaire“ by Thomas Geiger.


Supporting Member

As a Supporting Member, you play an important role in helping us to support young artists to realize their first publishing projects (or artists’ books).

Associate members (FRIEND) and supporting members (FRIEND PATRON) are not entitled to vote in the General Assembly

Please fill out the following form


We greatly appreciate your support!

Through your membership, you will officially join the circle of bibliophiles and you will make a significant contribution to the dissemination and promotion of the artists’ book.

On behalf of the association Marlene Obermayer, founder and chairwoman of Das Kunstbuch would like to thank you wholeheartedly.