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.