Gustave Baumann was born in Germany and emigrated to the United States at the age of ten. While he is known as an American artist, primarily as a printmaker, his marionette skills were deeply rooted in his German heritage.
The New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe owns a collection of over seventy marionettes carved by artist Gustave Baumann during the 1920s and 30s. Their age and fragility means that they are rarely displayed and never used as designed. Figuring out a way to surface this collection and to encourage an interactive experience has been a goal for the collection’s curators for a long time.
The museum approached the development team from Media Arts & Technology at New Mexico Highlands University. In order to allow visitors to interact with a rarely seen collection, five of these unique marionettes have been scanned via photogrammetry. Using current technology, the scans have been repurposed to demonstrate the articulation of the marionettes.
The Baumann Marionettes Interactive will be included in the exhibit “Gustave Baumann: A Santa Fe Legend”, which opened at the Las Cruces Museum of Art in February 2014.
demo site: lpb-riannetrujillo.com/marionettes