The ZKM | Media Museum and the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art familiarize the public with contemporary and historical art by way of encyclopedic exhibitions and events with a scientific character. The ZKM seeks to mediate to the public topical, socially relevant issues via challenging and ambitious theories and theme-oriented exhibitions. New approaches and artists are presented to the public at an early stage of their development, and marginalized art movements are rediscovered.
The ZKM | Museums are sites for spatial and time-based arts. Accordingly, more than the individual genres of painting, installation, sculpture, and the moving image, theater, dance, and music are presented. The counter-movements of spatial and time-based arts– namely, the transformation of exhibitions into performances and performances into exhibitions, which represents a prominent trend in contemporary art, occupy a central position in the house’s program.