Founded in 1989, the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe is a cultural institution which, since 1997, has been located in a historical industrial building in Karlsruhe, Germany that formerly housed a munitions factory. The ZKM organizes special exhibitions and thematic events, carries out research projects, produces works in the field of new media and offers public as well as individualized communications and educational programs.
The ZKM houses under one roof two museums, three research institutes as well as a media center; in this way it groups research and production, exhibitions and events, archives and collections. It works on the interface of art and science, and takes up cutting-edge insights in media technologies with the objective of developing them further. Since the death of founding director Heinrich Klotz (1935-1999), the ZKM has been directed by Prof. Peter Weibel. In addition to the ZKM, the associated Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, as well as the Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe [Municipal Gallery Karlsruhe] are likewise housed in the former munitions factory.
The ZKM | Karlsruhe is home to two museums, three research institutions, a media center, a laboratory as well as a number of events spaces: Museums
• ZKM | Media Museum
• ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art
Institutes for Research and Production
• ZKM | Institute for Visual Media
• ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics
• ZKM_Media Theater
• ZKM_Lecture Hall
The two museums are open to the public as is the library together with media lounge. Furthermore, the Info Point, the Museum Shop and the Café/Bistro "mint" are located in the Foyer and accessible to visitors.