Our Collection

A collection of unique pieces of work created by different artists and thinkers.

Inspiring creative minds

In more than 10 years of activity we have built a collection of ‘art notebooks’, unique pieces of work created by different authors and thinkers on Moleskine notebooks and donated to the Foundation to help support its activities. It’s a collective creativity relay that travels the world and inspires international creative minds.

Collective Creativity Relay

The collection reflects the variety, wealth and complexity of contemporary creative thinking. Artists, designers, architects as well as musicians, film makers, illustrators, intellectuals and philosophers have enriched the collection, filling the notebook, page after page, with their thoughts, sketches, images, often transforming it into a completely different artefact, maintaining the soul and the essence. In extreme cases the only thing left of the notebook is the skin, in other cases it has been absorbed into the work of art, it has been burnt, torn apart, rebuilt, regenerated. The notebook is the device, the limit, the origin. 
The collection started with the Detour and myDetour projects in 2006 and has grown exponentially over the last few years. Since 2010 the AtWork initiative also contributes to the collection’s growth.

We are committed to showcasing the collection at international art events, festivals, exhibitions, and Biennales to give as much visibility to the artists as possible.

Pascale - Marthine Tayou, Many, Many (people), 2011

Currently the collection holds close to 1,000 pieces and is divided into 3 archives:


Detour is a small piece of the Moleskine journey, where interlacing stories merge. Curated by Raffaella Guidobono, this travelling group show features notebook creations by internationally recognized artists, architects, film directors, graphic designers, illustrators and writers. Some works contain extensive stories; others are turned into pieces of contemporary art and design.

Detour events have already taken place in London (2006), New York (2007), Paris (2008), Berlin (2008), Istanbul (Spring 2009), Tokyo (Fall 2009), Venice (Summer 2010), Shanghai (Fall 2010) and Beijing (2013).

Browse the notebooks on the Detour Video Gallery.

DeTour Paris, Centre Pompidou, 2008


myDetour is a Moleskine project dedicated to all lovers of painting, photography, illustration and writing. It is an opportunity to share your creative experience, on- and off-line: you decorate your Moleskine notebook, drop it in the myDetour collection boxes and participate in the selections. A Jury will choose the most inventive notebooks collected in each city, which will be showcased in the next stop and be published on the online gallery. The author of the one single most remarkable notebook for each city is invited to the next opening event.

myDetour installations often run alongside the Detour project, a travelling collection of notebooks by authors of international renown.

Visit the myDetour Galleries: Venice 2012, Shanghai, Venice 2010, Tokyo, San Francisco, Istanbul, Berlin, Paris, New York, 5×5 Dakar.

myDetour Shanghai


AtWork is an itinerant educational format, conceived by Moleskine Foundation and Simon Njami, that uses the creative process to stimulate critical thinking and debate among its participants. It contributes to building a new generation of thinkers.
The key element of AtWork is a workshop conducted by an artist or a curator on a chosen topic. The topic stimulates collective discussion and a personal self-reflection on issues such as identity, culture and community.
 As a final output of the workshop each student produces a personalized notebook, which fixes the process of self-reflection triggered by the workshop. The produced notebooks are exhibited in an art show, co- curated by the students themselves. The donated notebooks become part of the collection.

Visit the website to see all the notebooks and where they have been exhibited: www.at-work.org