Documents of art of the 20th and 21st century

The archives of ZKM | Karslruhe

The archives of the ZKM invite researchers and anyone interested in art and music to develop new perspectives on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries from books, journals, letters, photographs, drawings, videos, and audio recordings.

The ZKM archive comprises two large areas: the "institutional archive," which documents the work of the ZKM, and the archives that have been given to the ZKM by artists and theorists in order to preserve them and make them accessible to the public.

The archives of artists and theorists include the following archives: Het Apollohuis, Otto Beckmann, Gideon Bachmann, Christian Chruxin, Jürgen Claus, Vladimir Bonačić & bcd: CyberneticArt, Klaus Peter Dencker, Reinhard Döhl, Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T), Herbert W. Franke, Hugo Gernsback, Walter Giers, Fotogramm-Archiv Heyne Neusüss, Herman Heiß, Stephan von Huene, Infermental, Hiroshi Kawano, Heinrich Klotz, Laboratorium, Gerhard Johann Lischka, Armin Medosch, Merve-Verlag, Manfred Mohr, Andreas Müller-Pohle, Paul Panhuysen, Raindance Foundation, Paul Rayn, Ulrike Rosenbach, Bernhard Sandfort, Jeffrey Shaw, Ira Schneider, Ed Sommer, Aldo Tambellini and Elisabeth Walther-Bense.

Acquired Archives

Archives of Artists and Theorists
The acquired archives offer access to archival material handed over to the ZKM by artists, theorists, curators, collectors or publishers in order to make it accessible to the public.

Institutional Archive

The ZKM-Archive provides access to documents related to the history of the ZKM and its collection.

Laboratory for Antiquated Video Systems

Works of video art produced on magnetic media since the mid-1960s are in acute danger of deteriorating due to material aging processes, and in a few years they will no longer be readable. By means of scientific conservation, restoration, and digitization this cultural good can now be temporarily secured and archived for the long-term.

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