A computer male with blue suit, which stretches the left arm in the air
The Game platform at the ZKM. Restart the Game!
Wed, April 20, 2016 – Sun, August 19, 2018

This page informs about the exhibition »zkm_gameplay«, which closed in August 2018. Since September 2018 »zkm_gameplay. the next level« invites you to discover an exhibition with new games and a new design!

Since its opening in 1997, numerous computer games have been presented at the Atrium 1+2. These reflect an essential part within modern society heavily influenced by digitalized realities of life. For centuries new artistic, experimental, media-reflective as well as »serious« games have evolved. The cultural and economic power of digital games and gameplay have experienced a continuous growth. This has made the games an important object of the ZKM.

A varied selection of exhibits is on display. A large area is dedicated to works of game art ranging both from art which has computer games as its subject, and computer games designed by artists. Added to this are computer and video games, which illustrate the entire range of the medium and make these experienceable in the museum.

The age ratings of the games range from 0 to 12 years old. Most of the games are suitable for children, but may also appeal to adults in the same way. Furthermore, there are a few games, which are recommended until the age of 16.

»ZKM_Gameplay« shows these developments and presents the computer game as a medium that could develop its own history and imagination and is now entering a phase of reflection.

»ZKM_Gameplay« is designed for all our visitors. The exhibition offers playful access to the fascinating worlds of computer games – and it adapts to constant changes in current games and themes.

Organization / Institution
ZKM | Center for Art and Media