The aim of MUMOK is to preserve, enlarge, analyse, and make available to the public the collection of artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, compiled since the opening of the Museum of 20th Century Art, by applying state-of-the-art scientific and museological methods. The Museum serves as collection site, archive, research institution, and exhibition venue.
The MUMOK collection contains around 9,000 works: paintings, sculptures, installations, drawings, graphic works, photos, videos, films but also architectural models and furniture from the first half of the 20th century as well as documentary material specially related to the art of the 60’s of the last century.
A key concern is the debate on contemporary art. For this reason the Museum organises events and discussions designed to raise awareness for new and experimental art, as well as to convey information on recent art history and theory. MUMOK’s commitment to both history and present and its museological, scientific and educational mission demands its profound engagement in the collection, research and communication of international artworks of modernism, the recent past, and the present.