With some 550 works by Swiss and international artists, the Kunsthaus Zürich holds one of the largest and most important collections of video art in the country. Pioneers from the medium’s earliest days at the start of the 1970s such as John Baldessari, Nam June Paik, Vito Acconci, Valie Export and Bruce Nauman are one of its two focal points; the other is the German video scene of the 1980s, with artists such as Ulrike Rosenbach, Klaus vom Bruch and Marcel Odenbach. Thanks to regular acquisitions of new works, young contemporary artists are also well represented.
The specific technology of the video medium presents constantly changing challenges for museums. In the early 2000s, for example, it was thought that the digital Betacam format would be the archiving solution of the future. However, this idea was quickly rendered obsolete by the rapid pace of technological change. Today, the strategy is to move to file-based archiving.