Lorenzstraße 19

Phone: +49(0)721-8100-0
Fax: +49(0)721-8100-1139
Website: http://on1.zkm.de/zkm/e/

ZKM | Center For Art And Media

As a cultural institution, the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe holds a unique position in the world. It responds to the rapid developments in information technology and todays changing social structures. Its work combines production and research, exhibitions and events, coordination and documentation.

For the development of interdisciplinary projects and promotion of international collaborations, the Center for Art and Media has manifold resources at its disposal: the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Media Museum, the Institute for Visual Media, the Institute for Music and Acoustics and the new departments - the Institute for Media, Education, and Economics, and the Filminstitute.

Under the direction of Prof. Peter Weibel since 1999, the Center for Art and Media probes new media in theory and practice, tests their potential with in-house developments, presents possible uses in exemplary form and promotes debate on the form our information society is taking. Working closely with the State Academy for Design in Karlsruhe and other institutes, the Center for Art and Media provides a forum for science, art, politics and finance.

In a spacious ambiente, visitors can enjoy events and tours, view public exhibitions or visit the Mediathek. The Center is a platform for experimentation and discussion, with a mission to participate actively in working towards the future and engage in the ongoing debate about the sensible and meaningful use of technology.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (2)

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Permanent Collection

ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 1999 in atria 1 and 2 of the main building and as a collectors museum cooperates with the internationally renowned collections FER, Grässlin, Siegfried Weishaupt, Boros, VAF-Stiftung/MART, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary.

The works of these partners are exhibited in a 7000 square-meter space arranged along collection and thematic concentrations. The high quality and diversity of the participating collections make ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art an internationally renowned space for confrontation with contemporary art: path-breaking European and American works provide insight into the artistic developments from 1960 to the present and clarify important aspects of contemporary art as well as socially relevant issues of media development. Major special exhibitions and smaller presentations in the project spaces of the museum, which offer a glimpse into current artistic and cultural tendencies, maintain a charged relationship to the larger collection exhibitions and thus also form a connection to the presentations of the ZKM | Media Museum.

The ZKM | Media Museum is the world first and only museum for interactive art. Its thematic spectrum covers such areas as interactive film, simulation techniques for Cyberspace and the use of latest software applications on the Internet. In the Media Museum we see the juxtaposition of media art with popular games or research projects with didactic work spaces – and the critical debate surrounding the products of commercial and global culture is met head on. One focal point is the interactive media art gallery, where examples of this new form clearl...+ [ Read all ]


25.07.2016 – 15.07.2017
AppArtAward 2016 – Highlights
ZKM_Atrium 1 + 2

18.05.2017 - 30.07.2017
Joachim Krebs: Deleuze and the Sampler as an Audio-Microscope
ZKM_Media Lounge

15.07.2017 - 06.08.2017

11.03.2017 – 06.08.2017
Aldo Tambellini: Black Matters
ZKM_Atrium 1 + 2

29.04.2017 - 20.08.2017
Markus Lüpertz: Kunst, die im Wege steht
ZKM_Atrium 8+9

24.05.2017 - 01.10.2017
Centerbeam. Eine performative Skulptur des CAVS
ZKM_Atrium 1+2

03.05.2017 - 15.10.2017
// supraliminal

01.04.2017 - 22.10.2017
Poetic Expansions: Reinhard Döhl, Helmut Heißenbüttel, Konrad Balder Schäuffelen
ZKM_Atrium 1+2

07.07.2017 - 31.12.2017
AppArtAward 2017 - Highlights
ZKM_Atrium 1+2

20.04.2016 – 31.12.2017
ZKM_Atrium 1 + 2

03.06.2017 - 07.01.2018
Hybrid Layers
ZKM_Atrium 8 +9

01.07.2017 - 28.01.2018
Radical Software. The Raindance Foundation, Media Ecology and Video Art
ZKM_Atrium 1+2

Previous Exhibitions

see: http://zkm.de/en/exhibition-archive

Exhibitions (4)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

09.09.2017 - 18.03.2018
Datumsoria: The Return of the Real
ZKM_Atrium 1+2

09.09.2017 - 28.01.2018
The Art of Immersion
ZKM_Atrium 1+2

20.10.2017 - 05.08.2018
Open Codes
ZKM_Atrium 8+9

04.11.2017 - 18.02.2018
Reactions. 40 years of the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg
ZKM_Atrium 1+2

18.11.2017 - 08.04.2018
Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s
ZKM_Atrium 1+2


Please visit our website!

Opening hours

ZKM | Museums in ZKM_Atrium 1+2 and 8+9
Wednesday–Friday 10 am–6 pm
Saturday–Sunday 11 am–6 pm
Monday–Tuesday closed

Please also have a look: http://zkm.de/en/visitor-services

Getting there

Please consult this map http://container.zkm.de/zkm/img_2/zkm_anfahrt4.gif

° By tramway

From the train station, take line 2
direction »Siemensallee«, get off at »ZKM«
[approximately 200 m from ZKM]

° By bus

From the train station, take bus number 55
direction »ZKM/Kühler Krug«, get off at »Lorenzstraße«
[approximately 400 m from ZKM]

° By car

From the North: Highway A5, exit »KA-Mitte«,
take the »Südtangente« direction Landau,
follow the »ZKM« sign.

From the South: Highway A5, exit »KA-Süd«,
follow the »ZKM« sign.

Parking space for 700 cars available below ZKM,
access at Südendstraße.


Handicapped Accessibility:

For further information concerning handicapped accessibility and unhindered access to the ZKM see: http://on1.zkm.de/zkm/stories/storyReader$5401

Welcome to ZetKaeM Restaurant & Catering, located at the ZKM in Karlsruhe.

At the moment we are not ready to provide all of our website in English. We are sorry!

If you are interested in the specials of our restaurant, or if you wish to invite your business partners to a very special dinner, or if you are looking for the right place for your party, then please contact us! Thank you.
Phone ++49 - (0)721 - 982 22 23
Fax ++49 - (0)721 - 982 22 24
E-Mail info@zetkaem.de

Museum internal and external photos (5)

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News and events

The Center for Art and Media offers a rich set of events like concerts, presentations and exhibition openings. Please check the current program : http://on1.zkm.de/zkm/e/programm



The founding of the Center for Art and Media can be traced back to the year 1980, when the idea for a media arts center first came into being. By 1986, a project group had been organized, consisting of local politicians and representatives of the university, the State Music Academy, the Center for Nuclear Research and other institutions in Karlsruhe. In »Concept 88«, they described their vision for bringing together art and the new media in theory and practice.

In 1988, the government of the province of Baden-Wuerttemberg, led by Minister President Lothar Späth, voted to establish the Center for Art and Media as a foundation incorporated under public law. With the establishment of the foundations council in 1989 and the appointment of Prof. Heinrich Klotz as founding director, the realization of a Center for Art and Media started to take form.

Originally, the Center was to be housed in a new building on a site south of Karlsruhes train station. However, implementing the plans of Dutch architect Rem Kohlhaas would have exceeded the allotted budget by far. After long and heated debate, the idea of a new construction was abandoned. Instead, a historic monument was chosen - the vast edifice of a former munitions factory, »Industrial Works Karlsruhe Augsburg«, was to become the home of the new Center for Art and Media. Architects Schweger & Partner undertook planning, reconstruction and renovation, converting a structure of dominating, static monumentality into a building ideally suited to presenting advanced technologies and artistic experiments. In the early phases of its founding and construction, the Centers offices were scattered across ...+ [ Read all ]


Before coming in person you are invited to take this mind-bending virtual tour with your mouse : http://on1.zkm.de/zkm/stories/storyReader$4820

Guided Tours and Workshops:

Information and Booking:

Guided Tours

Phone: +49[0]721-8100-1990
[Mon-Fri 9am-1pm, Tue 2pm-4pm]
Fax: +49[0]721-8100-1999
e-mail: fuehrungen@zkm.de


Phone: +49[0]721-8100-1330
[Mon-Fri 9am-1pm, Tue 2pm-4pm]

Fax: +49[0]721-8100-1309
e-mail: workshops@zkm.de


ZKM | Museum Communications

The department of Museum Communications defines itself as the interface between ZKM and its visitors, partners, schools, and other educational facilities. Along with educational programs tailored to meet the needs of a targeted audience, also events for diverse visitor groups are planned and carried out here. A decisive role is played by the Museum Education department, which specializes in the communication of contemporary art, especially media art.

Offered along with a large school and pre-school program, are numerous courses for teacher training. Private tours in a variety of languages can be arranged in addition to the public guided tours, which are offered several times per week. A wide range of thematic tours and workshops for children, youths, and adults round out the comprehensive offer of the department for Museum Communications.

Here is the current program [this information is available only in german]: http://on1.zkm.de/zkm/fuehrungen

Registration for guided tours:

Mon-Fri 9-11am, Tue 2-4pm
Phone +49(0)721 / 8100-1990
Fax +49(0)721 / 8100-1999

Registration for workshops:

Mon-Fri 9am-1pm, Tue 2-4pm
Phone +49(0)721 / 8100-1330
Fax +49(0)721 / 8100-1339


Friends of ZKM
(link in german) http://on1.zkm.de/zkm/foerdere

Dr. Henning Rickmann: foerdere@zkm.de
Phone +49(0)721-8100-1260
Nadja Schoch (Office): foerdere@zkm.de
Phone +49(0)721-8100-1260

Venue hire

ZKM | Events

*_ In the charged field between art and architecture, ZKM offers the ideal environment for your event. From academic symposia and workshops to receptions and incentive events, the ZKM team accompanies your event with the competence and experience that leads to success. Available for the individual design of your event are the ZKM_Foyer, ZKM_Media Theater, and ZKM_Lecture Hall. Upon special request, ZKM | Museum Communications will organize exclusive tours for your guests through our museums. Culinary pleasures are provided by the »ZetKaeM« restaurant.

ZKM | Events:

Monika Weimer, eventszkm.de
Fax: +49-[0]721-8100-1229