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.


Christian Nainggolan
Christos Hatzis
Rochus Kowallek
Ronald Shannon Jackson
Ferenc Kis
David Liddle
Ivan Unwin
Matti Kunstek
Julia Suschka
Suzanne Santoro
Aalam Wassef
Risa Kojima
Sylvaine Billier
John Tresch
Guy Peellaert
Václav Havel
Sergio Villarreal
Werner DePauli-Schimanovich
Zeger Reyers
The Project for the New American Century
Claus Peter Flor
Anne Zadory
Julius Pfrommer
Rachel Armstrong
Laura Stein
Bruno Bigoni
Lior Saar
Ferdinand Kriwet
Johannes Meinhardt
Dr. Dre
Thomas Schulz
Jürgen Kersting
John Baldessari
Christian Möller
Christa Steinle
Orla Mc Hard
Tom Mays
Jacques Attali
Frank Tentler
Alessandro Mendini
Andrew Cyrille
Sonja Walter
Marc Palumbo
Dieter Blume
Dominic Lyddon
Nicos Souroullas
Louis-Philippe Demers
Toshio Isobe
Matta Wagnest
Studio für Klangkunst und Klangforschung
Sebastian Jähnke
Francis Ng
Sascha Lobo
Hallie Neill
Elizabeth Andersen
Jerry Leiber
Dixi Háy
Karaikudi R. Mani
Damien Hirst
Johannes Johansson
Kirsten Walsh
Bernhard Gander
Markus Aust
Dane Rudhyar
Ralf Kleinemas
Rebecca Solnit
Edgar Reitz
Scott James
Jung-Eun Park
Alireza Maschayeki
James Avery
Ines Müller-Hansen
Philipp Schmalfuß
Mike Adcock
Thomas Mole
Norbert Schaeffer
Fools Garden
Claes Oldenburg
Nico Vascellari
Ross Sinclair
Felix Brenner
Ensemble UnitedBerlin
Stefan Schmidt
Luisa Neubauer
Cecilia Trip
Olga Kisseleva
Simeon Ten Holt
DJ Haitian Star
Frank Madlener
Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof
Konrad Kinard
Johann S. Kestler
Christoph Lindenmeyer
Leslie Thornton
Edna Mitchell
Isolde Siebert
Martin Bresnick
Te Rauparaha
Grazia Varisco
Meslissa Manchester
Bruno Kurz
Yuka Egeyama
Maja Bajević
Jim Balsam
Chris Salter
Stanya Kahn
Frank Morssinkhof
Luc Tuymans
Kit Fitzgerald
Laura Condominas
Stephan Packard
Sylvia Monfort
Claus Böhmler
Shigeraki Segusa
Didier Debaise
Robert Smithson
Matin Soofipour Omam
Róbert Swierkiewicz
Keir Smith
Ulrich Phillipp
Pa Sanasi Kuyateh
David Pirrò
Niù Abdominaux Dangereux
Reinhard Heil
Michaela Buescher
Daniel Kaiser
John Newmark
Glen Frew
Madjid Tahriri
David Kanaga
Gabriel Poulard
Bart Brouns
Judith Weir
Robert Mangold
Enrico Prampolini
Ludger Schwarte
Martin Fahlenbock
Włodzimierz Sokorski
1994 Banff Jazz Orchestra
Andrea Szigetvari
Agustín Pérez Rubio
Christian Marina
Germaid Ruck
Gregory Battcock
Heinz Hajek-Halke
Robin Dawes
Paul Roberts
Pascal Comelade

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