It was as early as the 1960s that VALIE EXPORT, a pioneer of Media and Performance Art, started to build a substantial archive, which in 2015 was acquired as a premature legacy by her native city of Linz and incorporated into the  collections of the LENTOS Kunstmuseum. Since November 2017 the VALIE EXPORT Center Linz has provided scientists and interested people with access to this premature legacy that comprises well over 100,000 archival materials, such as notes, sketches, concepts, correspondences, drafts, screenplays, preparatory studies, models and many other items. VALIE EXPORT‘s personal library of several thousand books and magazines, containing pivotal works in the fields of media theory, film studies and fine arts, feminism, philosophy, and literature, is also available for research.

The mission of VALIE EXPORT Center Linz is the research into and appraisal of the artist's premature legacy, as well as its mediation and contextualisation. International in its orientation, the research center strives to promote the artistic and scientific exploration of, in particular, the subject areas of Media and Performance art, and establishes a link to contemporary artistic practices.

The VALIE EXPORT Center Linz is a co-operation of the City of Linz with LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz and the University of Art and Design Linz.