cultural institution in the city of Karlsruhe
The ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (until March 2016: ZKM Center for Art and Media Technology) is a cultural institution, which was founded in 1989 and since 1997 is located in a listed industrial building in Karlsruhe, Germany, a former munitions factory. The ZKM (German: Zentrum für Kunst und Medien) organizes special exhibitions and thematic events, conducts research and produces works on the effects of media, digitization, and globalization, and offers public as well as individualized communications and educational programs.
The ZKM houses under one roof exhibition spaces, the research platform Hertz Lab, a library and a media library, thus combining research and production, exhibitions and events, archive and collection. The ZKM operates at the interface of art and science, and addresses new knowledge in the area of new technologies to develop it further. Since the death of founding director Heinrich Klotz (1935–1999), the ZKM has been directed by Peter Weibel, later together with Christiane Riedel. Besides the ZKM, the former munitions factory also houses the associated Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, and the Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe [Municipal Art Gallery of Karlsruhe].
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