Martha Cooper Library

The “Martha Cooper Library at URBAN NATION Museum Berlin” (MCL) is a research 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.


Martha Cooper im Ausstellungsraum der Bibliothek im URBAN NATION Museum.

Martha Cooper in the exhibition room of the library in the URBAN NATION Museum.


The MCL also gathers relevant source material for the research of scientists, artists and curators and is available to the fellows of the “FRESH A.I.R.” residency program. It contributes to the networking of an interested specialist audience through joint educational projects with scientific partner institutions in Germany and abroad. In addition, the MCL informs a broad public about urban art through a mediation program and thus contributes to the promotion and understanding of this art form.

The use of the reference library is free of charge for the public after prior registration. In addition to an exhibition room in the URBAN NATION Museum and a separate library room, the link to the Berlin library network and an online platform will enable digital access to the MCL inventory in the future.

The “Martha Cooper Library at URBAN NATION Museum Berlin” will open in autumn 2020.


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Martha Cooper Library