The Institute of Modern Art Nuremberg, reg. non-profit assoc. (founded 1967), is a center of information and documentation for contemporary art, supported by the Free State of Bavaria, the city of Nuremberg, the administrative region of Middle Franconia and private members. The institute’s objectives are the cultivation of an archive for German and international contemporary art, the conception and realization of exhibitions, as well as publishing material on contemporary art.

The archive of the Institute is one of the most important German special libraries on post-1945 international art. During the course of the years it has proved possible to set up around 20,000 instructive files on the essential representatives of national and international present-day art, a comprehensive archive of journals, as well as a library on a range of fields and themes. Along with exhibition catalogues, monographs, scholarly works and periodicals, also videos, CDs, CD-ROMs and DVDs find a place in our collection. A special focus is given to ‘gray literature’ (invitation cards, brochures, folders…) and to press cuttings (regularly archived from the daily and weekly press and trade journals).

The Institut für moderne Kunst is a member of the “Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Kunst- und Museumsbibliotheken” (AKMB) as well as a founding member of the “Arbeitsgemeinschaft zur Dokumentation der Kunst nach 1945”

Archive / Library: Tues and Fri 10am to 4pm, Thur 10am to 7 pm

Fon: +49 (0)911 240 21 16. E-mail:

The exhibitions of the Institute of Modern Art in the Nuremberg Kunst- und Kulturhaus zumikon and in the Atelier- und Galeriehaus Defet are a ‘display window’ of our institute’s work. They present important positions of current art and throw light on the work of artists whose oeuvre is being continuously documented in our archive.

Institut für moderne Kunst Nürnberg
in the zumikon studio
Grossweidenmühlstrasse 21
90419 Nürnberg

Opening hours:
Wed to Fri 2 to 6pm
Sat 11am to 3pm

Institut für moderne Kunst Nürnberg
in the Atelier- und Galeriehaus Defet
Gustaf-Adolf-Strasse 33
90439 Nürnberg

Opening hours:
Wed to Fri 2 to 6pm
Sat 11am to 3pm

Membership in the Institut für moderne Kunst Nürnberg e.V. is open to any interested person. Annual contribution fee: 75 Euros | Artists, Students: 30 Euros | Families: first person 75 Euros, any further 30 Euros.

Benefits to members:

- Regular invitations to the Institute’s exhibitions and events
Bargain prize on all publications and the limited arts editions of the Institut für moderne Kunst Nürnberg
Privileged use of the Institute’s library

Membership application

In close collaboration with the Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, the institute regularly publishes monographs, work surveys, as well as books on themes and theories in contemporary art. The institute’s publicist work aims to make the materials and information assembled in the archive known, thus significantly contributing to a better understanding of current art.


Dr. Karl Gerhard Schmidt (Chairman)
Utz W. Ulrich (Vice-Chairman)
Prof. Dr. Julia Lehner
Dr. Angelika Nollert
Karl Matthäus Schmidt
Dirk von Vopelius
Dr. Burkhard von Urff
Gerlind Zerweck

Advisory council

Prof. Dr. Stephan Berg | Kunstmuseum Bonn
Dr. Ulrich Bischoff
(President) | Gemäldegalerie Neue Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Prof. Dr. G. Ulrich Grossmann
| Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg
Dr. Angelika Nollert
| Neues Museum - Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design, Nürnberg
Jutta Penndorf | Lindenau-Museum Altenburg
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Pfennig
| Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn
Madeleine Schuppli
(Vice President)| Aargauer Kunsthaus
Ellen Seifermann
| Kunsthalle Nürnberg
Prof. Dr. Wolf Tegethoff
| Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München


Manfred Rothenberger (Director)
Esther Kiener (Assistant)
Petra Weigle (Exhibitions)
Kathrin Mayer (Archive/Library)
Anke Schlecht