Bigger Than Life. Ken Adam's Film Design

Sir Ken Adam is one of the most innovative and most influential production designers of our time. His sets for Stanley Kubrick’s DR. STRANGELOVE (1964) and the James Bond films from DR NO (1962) to MOONRAKER (1979) – all spectacular and trendsetting designs in equal measure – have written film history. In 2012, Adam, who was born in Berlin in 1921 and had to go into exile with his family in 1934, gave his entire artistic œuvre to the Deutsche Kinemathek, including more than 4000 drawings. The forthcoming exhibition takes a new look at the work of this unusual artist and designer, while also allowing Ken Adam’s creative process to come to life through multimedia presentations.

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Permanent Exhibition Film and Television

Permanent exhibition

The permanent exhibition focuses on its two defining media – film and television – from their origins to the present. In keeping, the exhibition on the history of film ranges from an 1895...

… and Action! How are Films and Television Made?

Permanent exhibition

The spotlights come on. Everything on the set is in place. The sound and camera teams are in position. The makeup artist powders the actors one more time. Then the director gives the signal:...

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