Sir Ken Adam (1921–2016)

Deutsche Kinemathek Mourns the Loss of the Production Designer Ken Adam

Sir Kenneth Adam, one of the most important production designers of the 20th century, died at his home in London on March 10, 2016. He was 95.

Ken Adam wrote cinematic history with his seminal film sets. He became famous through his outstanding work for seven James Bond productions in the 1960s and 1970s.

In 2012 Adam entrusted his extensive body of artistic work to the Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen, comprised of nearly 6,000 hand-drawn designs, photographs, letters and awards, including his two Oscars, as well as research materials for film productions. In 2014 the Museum für Film und Fernsehen showed the major special exhibition "Bigger Than Life. Ken Adam’s Film Design", which was also exhibited in 2015 in the Kunstfoyer der Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung in Munich. An online presentation of the Deutsche Kinemathek will be making Adam’s archive largely accessible to a wide audience in 2016.

“The news of Sir Ken Adam’s death has filled us with deep sadness. We have always understood his equally generous and magnanimous gift as the rarest of gestures from an artist who the National Socialists drove out of Germany, and as a sign of the highest regard … His kindness, his humor and his precision have been etched into our memories, just as his love for his native Berlin. Adam’s œuvre will remain a lasting inspiration for film professionals, an inexhaustible resource for researchers, and a source of fascination for countless fans worldwide. My thoughts are with Lady Letizia. We wish to express our deepest condolences to her and to the entire family.”

Dr. Rainer Rother
Artistic Director, Deutsche Kinemathek
Berlin, March 11, 2016

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