Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (ZKM)


Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (ZKM)

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Year of Foundation:  1989


The ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medien) is a globally unique institution. It is a place that expands on the original tasks of the museum. It is a house for all media and genres, a house for the spacial arts like painting, photography, and sculpture as well as the time based arts like film, video, media art, music, dance, theatre and performance. As a museum the ZKM was founded in 1989 with the mission to bring the classical arts in the digital age. That is why it is occasionally referred to as the "electronic/digital Bauhaus" - a term that can be traced back to Heinrich Klotz. Beyond that the ZKM is also an institute and laboratory in which scientific research, development and production takes place. Next to the classic ideal of museums, to make sure that art doesn't disappear, the ZKM has also taken on the task of creating the conditions needed for the creation of art, that artworks are created sometimes with guest artists, but also with colleagues in the institution. That is why it is called a center and not a museum.


The ZKM has many opportunities for the development of interdisciplinary projects and international cooperations. In its work the ZKM unites production and research, exhibition and events, mediation and documentation. And with that the ZKM has the ability to quickly react to the fast developments of information technology and social structures.
Through this combination of archive and collections, exhibitions and events, research and production, the ZKM is able to adequately represent the art of the 20th and 21st centuries, not least because the collection, exhibition, and research activities of the ZKM are accompanied by symposiums and other platforms of theoretical discourse between philosophy, science, art, politics, and business.

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