The ZKM

The ZKM_Cube as a mosaic: Made up of many other images.

The ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe is a unique cultural institution worldwide, because it is a place that expands the original tasks of the museum.

It is a house of all media and genres, a house of both spatial arts such as painting, photography and sculpture and time-based arts such as film, video, media art, music, dance, theater and performance. The ZKM was founded in 1989 with the mission of continuing the classical arts into the digital age. This is why it is sometimes called the »electronic or digital Bauhaus« – an expression that is traced back to the founding director Heinrich Klotz.

 

Mecca of Media Arts
As a »Mecca of Media Arts« (Peter Weibel), the ZKM does not only deal with the innovations of communication and information technologies and the social change set in motion by them in theory and practice.
  • The »electronic Bauhaus« (Heinrich Klotz) was to be housed in a forward-looking new building that would offer space for a museum, a (media art) collection, research institutes, studios and a media theatre.
  • Since 1997, the ZKM has been housed in a former listed industrial building, the so-called Hallenbau A, which was one of the most architecturally advanced in Germany at the time it was built (1915-1918).
  • In keeping with its content, the ZKM is at home in the digital world: at our digital dependency we want to share knowledge with you and pick up on current topics!

In its work, the ZKM combines research and production, exhibitions and performances, collections and archives, mediation and events. Through interdisciplinary connections of these fields of work, the ZKM as an agile organization can present and produce the development of art and media of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Symposia and other formats of theoretical discourse between art, philosophy, science, technology, business and politics complement the ZKM programme to examine the effects of medialisation, digitisation and globalisation on society.

Support Association ZKM / HfG e.V.

The Support Association ZKM / HfG e.V. was founded in Karlsruhe in 1988 and is an association of citizens and public figures. In Karlsruhe, it supports the ZKM | Center for Art and Media and the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) both – intellectually and materially.

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The ZKM_Media Theater full of people who look at a canvas which shows amorphous structures in white

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