a1 CEO, Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Lorenzstr. 19 76135 Karlsruhe, Germany
The ZKM|Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe is called Center because it is a museum and more than a museum. As a museum it has a classical museological function as a support and distribution system: Collection and archive, exhibitions and events. But in addition to it, the ZKM has two institutes for research, development and production (Institute for Music and Acoustics and Institute for Visual Media). The ZKM is a center for all media and for all art forms created in the 20th century. The machine based moving image has shifted the image from the classical position as space based art to time based art. Therefore the ZKM is the only museum of the world that integrated the mother of time based art, namely music, in his permanent collection and in its temporary exhibitions. This article describes the logic in the evolution of modern art, which is followed by the mission statement of the ZKM.