|1965 ONE-PERSON SHOW, GALERIE
SPRINGER, WEST BERLIN, GERMANY
With the enterprising Felix Landau looking to exhibit European artists in the US and vice versa, a connection was made with Rudolf Springer in Berlin. Called West Berlin at this time, of course, the city being a divided but nonetheless thriving portal of Western culture in the middle of communist East Germany. Springer had a gallery in a prime location on the prestigious Kurfurstendamm, Berlin's most fashionable street.
This first show was highly successful and led to Baker's being an artist in residence in Berlin, sponsored by the DAAD which stood for the German Academic Exchange Program. He actually did two residencies, working out of a studio in the heart of West Berlin, and going to the opera often. His interest in opera and other connections would eventually lead to an extraordinary commission in the city in 1978, for an enormous kinetic motorized aluminum wall sculpture for the opera house Deutstche Oper Berlin.