Barbara Baum Exhibition at the German Film Institute


The German Film Institute (Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum) pays tribute to acclaimed costume designer Barbara Baum via an exhibition that opened on October 23 and will run through March 10, 2019.

The exhibition is titled “Close-Up: The Film Costumes of Barbara Baum.” It is described via an official press release as a “one-of-a-kind interactive show, spread across a space of 460 square meters … with more than 50 original costumes from international studios on display, complemented by production documentation from more than 50 years of collaboration with directors like Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Volker Schlondorff, and even Stanley Kubrick.”

Watch the trailer for the exhibition via the player below:

“A considerable number of textile samples, tactile touching stations and audio and video installations invite guests to gain a deep appreciation for the originating process and astonishing visual power of Baum’s creations using their eyes, ears and hands.”

Over the course of her career, Baum has lent her artistic gifts to more than 70 film productions. She has created costumes for such international screen legends as Jeanne Moreau, Burt Lancaster, Meryl Streep and Catherine Zeta Jones. Her credits include Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978) and Querelle (1982), Bille August’s The House of the Spirits (1993) and many more.

To accompany the special exhibition, the German Film Institute is publishing a new German edition of Filmstoffe – Kostume Barbara Baum. The catalog, which features a host of contributions by renowned contemporaries and colleagues of Baum, will also be appearing for the first time in English.

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