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


Günther Domenig
Sherrie Rabinowitz
Robert A. Zwirner
Lucie Ortmann
Carolin Engel
Gottfried Hüngsberg
Sumie Miykae
Stéphane Levallois
Katya Samutsevich
Harry de Wit
Pedro Cabrita Reis
Willi Becker
Günther Tobisch
Mary Flanagan
George Gershwin
Cyrill Lim
Steven Loy
Brian Springer
Ivan Ladislav Galeta
Andreas Pinczewski
Thomas Struth
Michalis Theophanous
Giorgio Vasari
Jean Pierre Kaminker
Matthias Hoffmann-Kuhnt
V. Petricevic
Ulrike Spitz
Dryden Goodwin
Dumb Type Theater
Julia Glaus
Xanti Schawinsky
Sema Meray
Daniel Bälz
Anthony Rizzi
Gerhard von Graevenitz
Clemens Bechtel
Srul Irving Glick
Rolf Kuhlmann
Florian Ortkrass
M. Yostins
Stefanie Strigl
Mrzyk & Moriceau
Rani Ravenina
Jan Peters & Hélèna Villovitch
Michael Braungart
Reg Butler
Jonathan Reus
Nicolaas Glock
V. Vale
Sven Kacirek
Clarence Bassett
Friedrich Schiller
Issiaka Mandé
Gérald Schlemminger
Gernot Rudolf
Nora Claus
John Gabriel Harries
Péter Szegedi
SO youth
lhor Holubizky
Raphael Sbrzesny
Sommerer & Mignonneau
Alex Coelho
José María Yturralde
Jure Pohleven
Sergey Shabohin
Joåo Cipriano Martins
Jeanne Etelain
Raymond Scott
Patrick Boyd
Peter Phillips
Christian Lorenz
Ellsworth Kelly
Walter Libuda
František Šmejkal
Klaus Simon
Dirk Reith
Nevin Aladag
James Lovelock
The Errorists
Dominikus Müller
Hanns Schwarz
Rainer Vollkommer
Dick Higgins
Werner Hund
Tobias Klich
Francesc Torres
Martin Kares
Boris Joffe
George Dalgarno
Francois Donato
Harumi Abe
Gerhard Scharbert
Andree Kaiser
Ari Satria Darma
David Hill
Tobias Reber
Till Kreutzer
Claudia Hefer-Hartmann
Choukri Ochlaf
Andreas Gerth
Pat Naldi
Jon Jost
Marion von Osten
Juan Pablo Bonet
Kammerflimmer Kollektief
Annea Lockwood
Klaus Fischer
Theodore Ushev
Max Otte
Andreas Axmann
Sandra Meisel
Juan Allende-Blin
Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof
I. Stepanow
Anja Erdmann
Keith Cunningham
Amanzimtoti Male Voice Choir
Groupe Art et Informatique de Vincennes (GAIV)
Max Mayer
David Kanaga
Bruno Munari
Ekkehard Ehlers
Kenneth Showell
Matthew Barney
Erich Harsch
Zachary Seldess
Slavko Kacunko
Kirby Scudder
Haltbar Murkudis
Marie-José Burki
Wolfgang Herbold
Jacques André
Andrea Harris
Christian W. Christensen
Emily Sundblad
François Daigle
Alfons Boddien
Erich Hörl
Agustín Pérez Rubio

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