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.

Discover artists and works:

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


Irmgard Lang
Bang on a Can All-Stars
Jorge Furtado
Francesca Faridany
Vincent Trasov
Joseph Anton Riedl
Petra Maitz
Eystathios Klotsikas
Joachim Kurz
Philippe Pasquier
Francisco José Naranjo Reyes
Younghyo Bak
Andreas Lorenschat
Tirzo Martha
Miodrag Gladović & Bojan Gagić
Joaquín Romero Frías
Martin Reinhart
Dana Schutz
J. Šipalis
Simos Tsapnidis
Brian Slwason
Andreas Coerper
Wolfgang Gushurst
Younes Baba-Ali
Ana Mendieta
Niels Lomholt
Stephan Simon
Kiki Moorse
Dagmar Birke
Justus Herrmann
Andrew Brenner
Antonio Panetta
Friedrich W. Block
Mourad Cheraït
Michaela Melián
Eric J. Heller
Christian Weckerle
Raymond Kurzweil
Rara Dias
Permi Gill
Kenny Schachter
Teodoro Viero
Hans Brauchert
Boris Charmatz
Beni Bollmann
Beate Eichinger
Mario Perniola
Guido Rebstock
Chris Wood
Christoph Brachmann
Ricarda Reis
Kenneth Flak
Jeroen de Rijke
Pécsi Mühely
Peter Claudius
Katarzyna Gdaniec
Joseph Roth
Jeffrey Alan Scudder
BMB con.
Radio Tirana
Alexander Arefiev
Vincent Castella
Steffen Wurzbacher
Ulrike Groos
Gunther Reisinger
Jean-Paul Thorn
Betsy Connors
Mimmo Paladino
Mark Mendelson
Clebe Leandro Antonio Oliveria da Silva
Eric Parren
Hu Jieming
Daniela Vinopalová
Mercedes Bunz
Alessandro Bosetti
Thorsten Fleisch
Ulf Langheinrich
Wolfgang Krischke
François de Palaminy
Bas van Abel
Abidi Bani
Marcel René Marburger
George Condo
Kool Savas
Jan Mukařovský
Yun Seck Lee
Günther Leising
Werner Steffen
Free Ekanayaka
Jan Rokus van Roosendael
Stephen Todd
Margot Müller-Hecker
GRAYCODE, jiiiiin (Taebok Cho, Jinhee Jung)
Charles Merewether
Markus Heinzelmann
Jessica Menger
Václav Boštík
Friederike J. Nestler-Rebeau
Tony Cragg
Christopher Balme
Giacinto Scelsi
Michael Hoeldke
Laurence Clapier
Thomas Willmann
Philipp Fürnkäs
Giorgio Strehler
Eva-Leona Breunig
Uģis Prauliņš
Manfred Butzmann
Christof Zweiner
Clorinde Durand
Wolfgang Reinhart
William Anders
Marco Basich
Alexey Iorsh
Jerome Pflüger
Karo Szmit
M. P. Nastjukow
René Daumal
Stephan Knoesel
Dave McIntosh
Kathrin Röggla
Die Gute Fabrik
David Rosenthal
Achille Mbembe
Augustin Muller
Tetsuo Furudate
Chris Oakley
ars intermedia
Maria Morzuch
Jacques-Henri Lartigue
Seymour Shifrin
Mario Klingemann
Matthias Weischer
Diemut Roether
Gyula Staar
Jim Santella
Pelle Skovmand
Henri Chopin
Barbara Maurer
Wolfram Wessels
Franklin Berger
Hermann Nöring
Tip Toe
Olga Chernysheva

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