At this year’s German Film Awards on 19 June a so-called Honorary Lola is being awarded to costume designer Barbara Baum. This prize is awarded every year by the German Film Academy in recognition of “outstanding contributions to German Cinema.” During a career spanning four decades, Baum, who originally trained as a fashion designer, has worked with numerous well-known directors, including many leading protagonists of the New German Cinema movement: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, Peter Fleischmann, Reinhard Hauff, Wolfgang Petersen, Volker Schlöndorff, Wolf Gremm and, of course, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, for whom she first designed the costumes for EFFI BRIEST and in the process forged an enduring working relationship. Barbara Baum specializes above all in historical costumes and has conjured up a periods ranging from the late nineteenth century in Fassbinder’s adaptation of Theodor Fontane’s novel to the Weimar Republic in BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ. The costume designer’s most recent work has been on the historical films made by Heinrich Breloer for television. Currently a number of her costumes are on display in Berlin in a room dedicated to Baum’s work that forms part of the exhibition Fassbinder – NOW, which is running until 23 August in the Martin-Gropius-Bau.
Exhibition: Fassbinder – NOW
Exhibition duration: Wed, 6 May to Sun, 23 August 2015
Opening times: Wed to Mon, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Tues closed
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