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.


Vittorio Rieti
Sandra Tivy
Kohei Nawa
Olaf Ronneberger
Henry Jacobs
Mike Weisser
Agenore Fabbri
Peter Wellach
Martin Kreyssig
Steffen Ruyl Cramer
Heinrich Klotz
Daniel Kientzy
Klaus Zehelein
Flaminio Gualdoni
Carlos Motta
Eliane Radigue
Peter Wettstein
Martin Warnke
Martin Roth
Christa Fülbier
Mario Marzidovsek
Gregorio Scalise
Delfino Sisto Legnani
Cathy Berberian
Lara Baladi
Philippe Squarzoni
Michael Pelzel
Serge Baghdassarians
Peter Mühlfriedel
Ludger Hünnekens
Manuel Palacio
Marc Richter
Steffen Krebber
Peter M. Lynen
Lambo Sandjo Lapiro
Martin Widyanata
Alberto Ginastera
Caroline Maniaque
The Florida Orchestra
Christian Philipp Müller
Franz Natuka
Ronald Brautigam
Daniel Chapman
Gwangju Museum of Art
Roger Welch
R. Salter
Jürgen Mayer H.
Roger Reynolds
C. Bruck
Porvarour Arnason
Doctor Nerve
Usman Pullan
Olivier Christin
Curtis Schreier
Some Over History
Benny Härlin
C. Burnett
Peter Wollen
Hann Trier
Yoshitomo Morioka
Uri Tzaig
Johann Niegemann
Matthias Hoch
Michael Bertrand
John Giorno
Fran Smith
Richard Emsley
Anne Schreiber
Ann-Kathrin Dieterle
Istvan Anhalt
Stephan Balkenhol
Werner Bauer
Artur Rubinstein
Daniil Charms
Eva Grubinger
Gordon Slater
Maracatu Leão Brasileiro
Ariane Andereggen
Max Pechstein
Sergej Sergejewitsch Prokofjew
Luigi Romeo
Adrien Mondot
Julia Ihls
Jean Pierre Kaminker
Nadine Faulhaber
Margaret Leng-Tan
Blunt x Skensved
Joseph Vogl
Daan van West
Hansjörg Palm
Albrecht Esche
Lintu + Røyk
Elizabeth Coffman
Anne Fischer
Tobias Hannes
Lillie Carré
Louis Andriessen
Lyonel Feininger
Roland Baladi
Ian Wilmut
Lorenzo Taiuti
Anette Kührmeyer
Donald Robinson
Michael Tan
Yves Arcanel
Priscilla McLean
Wolfgang Kopper
Jo Enzweiler
Andreas Jacke
Jochen Kaiser
Olaf Tzschoppe
Matsuko Yokokoji
Jürgen Reble
Claudio Puntin
Mario Persch
Christian Sarnes
Bernhard Waldenfels
Oscar Hin-Kay Ho
Studierende der Fakultät Digitale Medien, Hochschule Furtwangen
Elgin Lumpkin
Toshiya Sukegawa
Petra Rohde
Johannes Paul Raether
H. Baron
"Virtuoses of Moscow" Chamber Orchestra
Kenneth Lerner
Sami van Ingen
The California E.A.R. Unit
Terry Riley
Eleonora Barbieri Masini
Daniel Neumann
David Lanzmann
Andrés Gutiérrez Martínez
Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt
Stefan Artmann
Mille Plateaux
Catherine David
Ali Hossaini
Ellen Larsen
Peter Guth
Zygmunt Mycielski
Jeremy Welsh
Carmen F. Sigler
Akron Symphony Orchestra
Michael Baumgartner

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