Set design sketch for the DEFA film "König Drosselbart" (1965) by Werner Pieske
Set design sketch for the DEFA film "König Drosselbart" (1965) by Werner Pieske

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In terms of artistic achievements, production / set design belonged to the outstanding domains of film production at the Babelsberg studios since the 1920s. Offering an extensive documentation of imagery from DEFA feature films, the museum's collection is unique. It also comprises a few sketches from the time before 1945 and some material from films produced after 1990. The most comprehensive and prominent collection is devoted to Alfred Hirschmeier, who was involved in the most important DEFA films and later became head of the studio's art department.

Approximately 12,000 set sketches, drafts, construction plans, storyboards and location photos provide an insight into the work of set designers and architects / draftsmen. These items have been attributed exclusively to persons and are indexed by person and sorted by film title.

Contact person: Ines Belger


Szenenbildentwurf von Hans Poppe für den DEFA-Kinderfilm \"Das Feuerzeug\" (1959)
Set design sketch for the DEFA film \"Das Feuerzeug\" (1959) by Hans Poppe
Set design sketch for the DEFA film \"Simplicius Simplicissimus\" (not realised) by Alfred Hirschmeier



Set designers


Dieter Adam
Draftsman, set designer
19 November 1931
Sketches and drafts for approx. 30 DEFA and TV films made between 1965 and 1992, construction drawings
Dieter Adam: selected filmography

Willi (Wilhelm) Depenau
Draftsman
3 April 1884 - 1952
129 set sketches drawn between 1932 and 1948
Willi Depenau: selected filmography

Hans-Jürgen Deponte
Set designer
4 December 1942
Set sketches and drafts for Der Straß (1991, DIR: Andreas Höntsch) and Dachbodengeschichten
(working title, TV)

Dieter Döhl
Set designer
14 February 1943
Set sketches for Die Architekten (1990, DIR: Peter Kahane)

Jacques Douy
13 January 1924
Max Douy
20 June 1914
Draftsmen, set designers
Set sketches and construction drawings for the cancelled DEFA film Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder (1955, DIR: Wolfgang Staudte)

Willi Eplinius
Painter
12 March 1884 - 13 April 1966
Set sketches for Friedemann Bach (1941, DIR: Traugott Müller), Ernst Thälmann - Sohn seiner Klasse (1954, DIR: Kurt Maetzig) and Ernst Thälmann - Führer seiner Klasse (1955, DIR: Kurt Maetzig)

Otto Erdmann
Draftsman, set designer
17 December 1898 - 31 March 1956
Set sketches for DEFA films made between 1947 and 1956
Otto Erdmann: selected filmography

Rochus Gliese
Draftsman, set designer
6 January 1891 - 22 December 1978
Figurines for the DEFA film Ein Polterabend (1955, DIR: Curt Bois)

Artur Günther
Draftsman, set designer
9 December 1893 - 9 February 1972
Drafts for films made before 1945 and, most notably, for DEFA films made until the mid-1950s, sketchbooks and other working documents, private and film photographs

Carl Haacker
Architect, draftsman
26 July 1890 - 15 December 1945
Extensive estate consisting of sketches and drafts for films and other events (partly not identified)

Emil Hasler
Draftsman, set designer
8 November 1901 - 15 Jaunuary 1986
Set sketches for the DEFA films Die Buntkarierten (1949, DIR: Kurt Maetzig) and Das kalte Herz (1950, DIR: Paul Verhoeven)

Gerhard Helwig
Set designer
6 March 1924 - 5 May 2000
Set sketches, storyboards and drafts for Stärker als die Nacht (1954, DIR: Slatan Dudow), Das Lied der Matrosen (1958, DIR: Kurt Maetzig) and Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt (1965, DIR: Joachim Kunert)

Alfred Hirschmeier
Set designer
19 March 1931 - 27 March 1996
Set sketches, construction drawings, film and production stills, location photos, negatives, scripts, production documentation, instructional folders, correspondence from the years 1953 - 1995
Alfred Hirschmeier: selected filmography

Harald Horn
Set designer
24 February 1925
Set sketches for Erziehung vor Verdun (1973, parts 1 - 3, DIR: Egon Günther)

Jochen Keller
Draftsman, set designer
31 May 1931
Scripts for DEFA feature films, written material (production documentation), engineering drawings and plans for set designs, set sketches, photographs

Erich Krüllke
Set designer
20 October 1929
Set sketches, drafts, construction drawings for DEFA and some TV films made between 1964 and 1987
Erich Krüllke: selected filmography

Lothar Kuhn
Draftsman, set designer
1946
Collection of set sketches for DEFA and TV films made between 1980 and 1990
Lothar Kuhn: selected filmography

Paul Lehmann
Stage designer, set designer
21 September 1923
Scripts, working documents for various films, set sketches, storyboard pages, drafts for DEFA films and
TV productions made between 1959 and 1988
Paul Lehmann: selected filmography

Harry Leupold
Set designer
16 June 1928
Set sketches for DEFA films and TV productions made between 1966 and 1992
Harry Leupold: selected filmography

Hans Jorg Mirr
Draftsman, set designer
29 May 1926
Set sketches for the TV film Die Brüder Lautensack (1973, DIR: Hans-Joachim Kasprzik, TV)

Herbert Nitzschke
Set designer
29 November 1897 - 1971
Set sketches for DEFA films made between 1956 and 1962
Herbert Nitzschke: selected filmography

Senta Ochs
Stage designer, draftswoman
3 January 1924 - 15 June 2005
Set sketches for DEFA films made between 1960 and 1983
Senta Ochs: selected filmography

Joachim Otto
Set designer, architect
9 February 1931
Set sketches for DEFA films and TV productions made between 1949 and 1992
Joachim Otto: selected filmography

Günter Petzold
Set designer
3 December 1938
Set sketches for Novalis - Die blaue Blume (1993, DIR: Herwig Kipping)

Werner Pieske
Draftsman, set designer
4 December 1924 - 19 June 1992
Set sketches, construction drawings, photographs of set designs for DEFA films and TV productions made between 1962 and 1980
Werner Pieske: selected filmography

Oskar Pietsch
Painter, draftsman, set designer
10 January 1918
Set sketches for DEFA films made between 1954 and 1961 as well as for productions of SFB and other TV stations of the FGR made between 1964 and 1982. Especially remarkable: set sketches for the cancelled DEFA film Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder (1955, DIR: Wolfgang Staudte). See also: collection on J. u. M. Douy. Various items (such as photographs) from further films
Oskar Pietsch: selected filmography

Hans Poppe
Set designer
23 November 1928 - 13 August 1999
Set sketches for DEFA films and TV productions made between 1954 and 1991
Hans Poppe: selected filmography

Heinz Röske
Set designer
2 June 1939
Set sketches and photographs of the set designs for several DEFA western and fairy tale films made between 1969 and 1991, e.g.: Weiße Wölfe (1969, DIR: Konrad Petzold), Apachen (1973, DIR: Gottfried Kolditz) and Olle Hexe (1991, DIR: Günther Meyer)

José Sancha
Set designer
1908
Copies of the set sketches for the DEFA film Sterne (1959, DIR: Konrad Wolf)

Willy Schiller
Draftsman, set designer
11 August 1899 - 17 July 1973
Set sketches for DEFA films made between 1950 and 1965
Willy Schiller: selected filmography

Christoph Schneider
Set designer, architect
1 February 1930
Christoph Schneider: selected filmography

Karl Schneider
Set designer
19 July 1916 - 18 December 1996
Set sketches for the DEFA films Die blauen Schwerter (1949, DIR: Wolfgang Schleif), Die Unbesiegbaren (1953, DIR: Arthur Pohl), Mazurka der Liebe (1957, DIR: Hans Müller) and Die Elenden (1959, DIR: Jean-Paul Le Chanois)

Alfred Tolle
Set designer
2 October 1903 - 1989
Written material (contracts, production documentation), scripts, photographs, set sketches
Alfred Tolle: selected filmography

Peter Wilde
Set designer, painter
26 March 1939
Set sketches for the films Jörg Ratgeb - Maler (1978, DIR: Bernhard Stephan), Sonjas Rapport (1982, DIR: Bernhard Stephan) and Der entführte Prinz (1982, DIR: Wolfgang Hübner, TV)

Klaus Winter
Set designer
23 December 1938
Der Wüstenkönig von Brandenburg (1973, DIR: Hans Kratzert)

Hellfried Winzer
Draftsman
8 November 1924
Construction drawings, drafts, decorations, sketches for approx. 50 DEFA feature films, especially for Goya (1971, DIR: Konrad Wolf)

Georg Wratsch
Set designer
18 August 1928 - 03 January 2006
Set sketches, most notably for DEFA films made between 1962 and 1990
Georg Wratsch: selected filmography

Erich Zander
Draftsman
17 June 1889
Set sketches for DEFA films made between 1949 and 1956
Erich Zander: selected filmography

Rolf Zehetbauer
Set designer
13 February 1929
Set sketches for Die unendliche Geschichte III (1994, DIR: Peter MacDonald)

Heinz Zeise
Painter, set designer
12 March 1926 - 27 July 1976
Set sketches and drafts for DEFA and TV films, e.g.: Die letzte Heuer (1951, DIR: E. Wilhelm Fiedler), Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck (1953, DIR: Wolfgang Staudte) and Carola Lamberti - Eine vom Zirkus (1955, DIR: Hans Müller)