Collections & Archives

The collection and the archives contain works and documents from the 20th and 21st centuries. The special feature of the ZKM's collection activities is its focus on the electronic arts.

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The collection and the archives contain works and documents from the 20th and 21st centuries. The special feature of the ZKM's collection activities is its focus on the electronic arts. 

The video art collection is one of the largest in Europe and the computer art collection is the largest of its kind in the world. In addition, there is an extensive collection of works of electronic music.

By combining all artistic genres in one collection - from painting, sculpture, video art, performance and computer-based works to music - and the availability of numerous documents that provide a deeper insight into historical events, it becomes possible to gain a diverse perspective on 20th and 21st century art and history.

Art of the 20th and 21st century

Discover about 9,000 works of art of the 20th and 21st centuries from the ZKM collection, which was founded in 1989.


Under archives you will find the acquired archives of artists and scientists and the ZKM archive of past exhibitions, events and projects.


The library contains about 60,000 books and digital data carriers. To this end, around 120 magazines and five newspapers are subscribed to.

Medien Kunst Netz

»Media Art Net« is a digital publication that invites you to discover the history of media art. »Media Art Net« is used worldwide by students and teachers for study and further education.

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A Summary of the Projects of the Department Wissen and its Divisions Collection, Archives, Library and Research


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A summary of the digital programs of the Department Wissen and its Collection, Archives, Library, and Research sections.


Roy Samaha
Oliver Schneller
Robert Hermann
Jacques Delacoux
Thomas Herold
Van Sowerwine
Gerhard Mantz
Andreas Schmid
Catherine Vickers
Valve Pormeister
Lucia di Luciano
Jan Slabihoudek
Reiko Emura
Olaf Gerlach Hansen
Feng Mengbo
Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
Nils Fröhlich
Jürgen Eichler
Ana Miljacki
Justyna Burzynska
Alain Pelletier
Sumner Carnahan
Stefan Seibert
Paul Talman
Lee Nam Lee
Stéphane Garin
Fernand Léger
Alga Marghen
Bebe Barron
Chris Chafe
Jim McKee
Heinke Haberland
Alenda Y. Chang
​David Ohrndorf
Kevin Bone
Peter Clapp
Lukas Onken
Piero Glina
Hans Scheirl
Florian Coulmas
Jürgen Biefang
Rita Ackermann
Joseph Vacanti
Martin von der Heydt
Jeroen Goudeau
Juan Camilo Hernández-Sánchez
Ulrike Müller
Barbara Kirschner
Esther Plak
William D. Hunt
Jürg Löw
autogena projects
Dan Graham
Axel Rudolph
Laure Wyss
Simon Ole Andresen
Victoria Long
Itzik Weiss
Hermann Abrell
Eva Meyer
Achim Däschner
Kevin McGarry
Greta Christensen
Pia Müller-Tamm
Ralf de Moll
Ronaldo Azeredo
Thomas H. Turnbull
Jerzy Bereś
Nuno Cabrita
Michael Klien
Bas van Neijenhof
Daniela Fabricius
Lars Reichow
Konstantin Zvezdochiotov
Alan Hranitelj
Hugues Dufourt
Transparency International
Teresa Serrano
Amr Okba
Friedrich W. Block
Santiago Ramón y Cajal
Gisela Motta & Leandro Lima
Thomas Gnahm
Robin Wood
Louis Zukofsky
Marion Diwo
Heloisa Bauab
Briele Szekatsch
iAS interActive Systems GmbH
Christof Breidenich
Geoff Adams
Tilman Baumgärtel
Pauline Bachmann
Thomas Siffling
Stef Van Bellingen
Susanne Schatral
RaumMusik für Saxophone
Jürgen P. Graf
Evelyn Teutsch
Katarina Barley
DIN A Testbild
Monika Wagner
Friedrich Wolf
Gilles T. Lacombe
HA Schult
Studio Thus That
Element of Crime
Boris Cikalovski
Stefanie Haarkamp
Kristin Lucas
Ika Schier
Abū Ḥātim al-Muẓaffar al-Isfizārī
Len Lye
Egon Halbleib
Hans Haacke
Karin Deckner
Bill McMullen
Inga Seidler
Pavel Kodjabashev
Enzo Mari
Mel Alexenberg
Bill Condon
Axel A. Hoff
Walter Aue
Tamiko Thiel
Claude Cahun
Yvonne Oerlemans
W. Ross Ashby
Duo Contracello
Marisa Olson
IOhannes zmölnig
Francis Bruguière
Christiane Jürgens
Alfred Stieglitz
Calvin Tomkins
Max Ernst
Lin Chi-Ming
The Smoke
Unknown Fields
E. Jay Sims
Siegfried Cremer
Yuka Oyama

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