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Exhibit For Ken Adam's Film Design In Berlin

By: FSWL team
Ken Adam bigger than life film design poster
The German-British production designer Ken Adam rose to fame primarily as a result of his futuristic constructions for James Bond sets in the 1960 and 1970s. Personal documents, sketches and designs for amazing film sets such as the ones in Goldfinger (1964) (1964) and You Only Live Twice (1967) has made their way to the Deutsche Kinemathek where they will be displayed in a new exhibit, Bigger Than Life. Ken Adam's Film Design, from 11th December 2014.

Sir Ken Adam is one of the most innovative and 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) (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 4,000 drawings.

This 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.

1921: Born in Berlin
1934: Emigrated to London
1938-40: Studies of architecture, Bartlett School of Architecture at University College, London
1950s to date: Film production designer, among others for Stanley Kubrick and many James Bond productions numerous awards and prizes, among others two Academy Awards and three Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction; Art Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award

The official catalogue (208 pages, in German only) accompanying the exhibition features essays by renowned authors on a diverse range of previously unexamined aspects of Adam's career: the artistic roots of his Gesamtkunstwerk and his influence on art, design and architecture.

Editor's note:
In May 2014, Sir Ken attended the 50th anniversary event of Goldfinger in Oslo.

For more about Sir Ken Adam on From Sweden with Love, click here.

For more James Bond related exhibitions presented on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
Official poster for Bigger Than Life: Ken Adam’s Film Design at Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin. © 2014 Kerber Verlag Bielefeld. All rights reserved.

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