Current Exhibitions

Large room-filling installation made of fabric in the ZKM exhibition "BioMedien".

The exhibition program of ZKM is multifaceted and takes place both in the atria of the Hallenbau and in the
digital space, as well as internationally.

Exhibitions // ZKM Atria in the Hallenbau in Karlsruhe

Art and science are seismographs of change. Under the theme of »Biophilia«, ZKM is showing »Critical Zones. Observatories for Earthly Politics« (May 23, 2020 – January 9, 2022), »BioMedia. The Age of Media with Life-like Behavior« (December 4, 2021 – August 28, 2022) and »The Beauty of Early Life« (March 5, 2022 – July 10, 2022), three major exhibitions on the grand perspectives of our endangered present.

Furthermore, we present exhibitions in the atria that focus on an artistic work, a scientific or social topic, or show works from our collection. With »zkm_gameplay. the next level«, ZKM also has a computer game platform that is continuously updated and invites creative exchange and playing in the house.

Sat, 18.12.2021 – Sun, 28.08.2022


The Age of Media with Life-like Behavior

The age of BioMedia is here! These »media with life-like behavior« move independently, react to their environment, learn and adapt. What will the coexistence of humans and these artificial agents look like? And who or what defines what is alive and what is intelligent today?

Explore these questions with us in the new exhibition – open from December 18!


Sat, 02.10.2021 – Sun, 09.01.2022

Nobody's Listening

An Immersive Exhibition Promoting Justice for Iraq's Forgotten Genocide

A virtual reality experience and immersive exhibition that commemorates the Yazidi genocide committed by ISIS in the summer of 2014 in northern Iraq.

Only until January!


Sat, 01.05.2021 – Sun, 03.04.2022

BarabásiLab. Hidden Patterns

Network Thinking

The world today produces more data per day than previously generated in a decade. To cope with this, a new science is needed: the visualization of patterns and networks. Such a network science is pursued by the BarabásiLab, whose projects are presented here.


Sat, 28.07.2021 – Sun, 10.04.2022

Eco Games

A special exhibition within 'zkm_gameplay. the next level'

Can computer games help to stop global warming? What influence do games have on our behavior towards the environment? And how many resources do we consume while playing? These and other questions are addressed by »Eco Games«, an exhibition as part of »zkm_gameplay. the next level«.


Wed, 05.01.2022 – Sun, 13.02.2022

Geschichte und Erinnerung

Multimedia interactive touring exhibition of the Federal Archives

Get to know the Federal Archive compactly on nine square meters, multimedia and interactive. The traveling exhibition is a guest at the ZKM and is intended to make the tasks as well as the challenges of the Federal Archives understandable.


Permanent Exhibition

zkm_gameplay. the next level

The computer game platform of ZKM. It invites visitors to engage in informative and creative exchange – and, of course, to play games. The exhibition is aimed at gamers of all ages, but also at visitors who have little experience with computer games.


Exhibitions // ZKM Digital

Digital exhibitions are a special research focus of ZKM, so we also offer you interesting exhibitions online.

Critical Zones – Virtual Exhibition

Take a moment to just be. Welcome to the Critical Zone.
The virtual platform of the exhibition.


Thu, 29.04.2021 – Wed, 30.08.2023

Spatial Affairs. Worlding

Virtual multi-user exhibition populated by crawling artworks, where visitors' avatars coexist with moving bodies of internet art and browser-based projects.


Thu, 04.11.2021 – Sat, 30.09.2023

Jazmina Figueroa. Call Signs


Exhibitions // ZKM Worldwide

Wed, 10.11.2021 – Sun, 16.01.2022

Matter, Non-Matter, Anti-Matter.

Past exhibitions are re-imagined as digital experiences at Tallinn Art Hall.


Fri, 17.12.2021 – Sun, 03.04.2022

Writing the History of the Future

Signature Works of the ZKM Collection at the Gwangju Museum of Art in South Korea.


Exhibitions // Preview

Sat, 26.03.2022 – Sun, 10.07.2022

The Beauty of Early Life. Traces of Early Life


Sat, 10.09.2022 – Sun, 05.02.2023

Soun-Gui Kim: Lazy Clouds


Sat, 26.11.2022 – Sun, 23.04.2023

Matter, Non-Matter, Anti-Matter.


ZKM International

International presentations of ZKM

Exhibition Archive

Information on all exhibitions of ZKM since 1989

Collections & Research

From painting, sculpture, video art, performance and computer-based works to music – our collection and archives provide you a wide-ranging view of the art and history of the 20th and 21st century!

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