Archives

Documents of art of the 20th and 21st century

Shelves that are set full with video cassette shells and folders

The ZKM archives provide access to documents related to the history of the ZKM and the collection, as well as to archives handed over to the ZKM by artists, theorists, curators, collectors or publishers in order to make them accessible to the public.

The ZKM archives invite scientists and people interested in art and music to develop new perspectives on 20th and 21st century art from books, magazines, letters, photographs, drawings, videos and audio recordings.

The archives of artists and theorists include the following archives: Het Apollohuis, Max Bense and Elisabeth Walther, Reinhard Döhl, Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T), Herbert W. Franke, the photogram archive Heyne Neusüss, Herman Heiß, Stephan von Huene, Infermental, Hiroshi Kawano, Heinrich Klotz, Merve-Verlag, Radical Software, Ed Sommer and Ira Schneider.

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

ZKM-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.

More Information

A very old, small TV monitor, an old video camera and a remote control with integrated bottle opener

ZKM | Karlsruhe
Wissen – Collections, Archives and Research

Lorenzstraße 19
76135 Karlsruhe ​
Germany

Contacts

ZKM | Archives
Tel: +49 (0) 721/8100-1967
E-Mail: collections-and-archives@zkm.de

Image Requests
Tel: +49 (0) 721/8100-1967
E-Mail: image-requests@zkm.de