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.


Marie-Claire Pierret
NeIKa e.V.
Pat Naldi & Wendy Kirkup
Mathis Lex
Wolfgang Stratmann
Marc Cuypers
Christina Eder
Rudolf Pfenninger
Martina Harder
Eckart Stein
Gernot Rudolf
Martin Loiperdinger
Causa Creations / Tilmann Hars
Nathan Coley
Byung-Chul Han
Violet Suk
Susanne von Falkenhausen
Wilhelm Beuermann
Mark Burkett
Anna Kwiatkowski
Mimi Yokoo
Jarii van Gohl
Ernst Horn
7Ender & U.W.E.
Tim Noble
Andreas Sauter
Brett Stalbaum
Eladio Fernandez-Galiano
Edward E. Zajec
Euna Kang
B. C. Sidharth
Clara Saleiro
Raphael Sbrzesny
Andy Hope 1930
Michael Hanke
Asia Bazdyrieva
Juri Stanossek
Sergei Bodrov
Dano Falk
Natalia Stachon
Dorothea von Hantelmann
Bettina Gruber
John Wilson
Francis Etienne
Marianne Weil
Pia Maria Martin
SO youth
Zoran Jerković
Robert Frank
Institut für Theoretische Informatik, KIT
İpek İpekçioğlu
Andrew Gribble
François Sarhan
Christiane Möbus
Erwin Piscator
Lauren McCarthy
Oron Catts
Kathrin Berta Diehl
2 Live Crew
Walter Riedweg
Tobias Yves Zintel
Alberto Biasi
František Pilát
Marco Wilms
Moyra Davey
Lazour Brothers
Politics Outdoors
François-Bernard Mâche
Scott Ryser
Andrea Gnam
Hiromi Ishii
João Carlos Pinto
Kurt Deggeller
Sergiu Matis
Judith Egger
Samaneh Moafi
Cornelius Borck
Dan Mihaltianu
Human Rights Watch
Steve Harris
Constant Dullaart
Johannes Stricker
Camille Graeser
Ulrich Kallmeyer
Christina von Greve
Valentin Langer
Stefan Fricke
Harald Jakobsen
Georges Heck
Catherine Milliken
Thomas Belschner
Blanca Muñoz
Carel Visser
John Christie Willot
Jean-Baptiste Mathieu
Michele Perfetti
Ika Schier
Atsuko Tanaka
Christiane Brohl
Philipp Kolb
DSG animation + VFX
Charles Ives
Andrzej Wajda
Kaiwan Mehta
Doron Swade
Zander Blom
Christoph Martin
Matt Groening
Alexander Lehmann
Martina Roth
Dmitri Mazurov
Pieter Engels
Erik Göngrich
Riccardo Bennassi
Matteo Pasquinelli
Rudolf Petrik
Bruce Baillie
Morrie Warshawski
Andreas Baumann
Martina Mrongovius
Klaus Wanker
Marina Abramović
Alice & Lucinda
Tadokoro Atsushi
Max Kosorić
Daniel Bisig
P. Dekeyser
Raimund Abraham
David McKenzie
Matei Bejenaru
Lennart Fahlen
Eduard Kögel
Anne-Christine Taylor
Július Koller
William Wauer
Yvonne Oerlemans
Jaap Drupsteen
Phillipe Chemin
Joseph Vogl
Andrea Dorian Rama
Robert Creeley
José Pedro Croft
Kurt Kramer
Shinichi Minami
Ursula Ziegler

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