Stanley Kubrick Exhibition spotlights director’s iconic design collaborations

posted on Tuesday, 30th April 2019 by Chris Jenkins

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Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, which runs at the Design Museum, Kensington, London until September 15, spotlights the legendary director’s unique command of the whole creative design process of filmmaking, from storyteller to director to editor, including his iconic collaborations with renowned designers.
 
The exhibition allows visitors to relive iconic scenes and discover unseen material from his genre-defining films, including The Shining, Barry Lyndon, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket and A Clockwork Orange.
 
The exhibition includes important works by designers Hardy Amies, Saul Bass, Milena Canonero and Ken Adam, art and photography from Diane Arbus, Allen Jones and Don McCullin, designs from Saul Bass, Elliot Noyes and Pascall Morgue alongside contributions from renowned directors.

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The touring exhibition about the life and work of Stanley Kubrick is making its debut in Britain, Kubrick’s home and workplace for over 40 years. It was in the UK that Kubrick created the battlefields of Vietnam for Full Metal Jacket (1987), an orbiting space station for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and Dr Strangelove’s War Room (1964). The exhibition tells the story of Kubrick, the obsessive genius, showing step by step how he created genre defining worlds for his films, and how London was his endlessly inventive canvas.
 
The exhibition has several themed rooms, each shaped around a separate film, including Barry Lyndon, 2001: Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Paths of Glory, Spartacus, Lolita, Eyes Wide Shut, and Dr Strangelove. Visitors enter the exhibition, walking on a replica carpet from the iconic scene in The Shining, before encountering a ‘one-point perspective’ corridor mirroring Kubrick’s famous camera technique.
 
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Featuring about 700 objects, films and interviews, the exhibition brings to the fore Kubrick’s innovative spirit and fascination with all aspects of design, depicting the in-depth level of detail that he put into each of his films.
 
The Design Museum has also worked with the BFI to develop Kubrick Now: A programme of events at the Design Museum and BFI Southbank. The BFI are official programme partner for Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition.
 
A definitive two-month Kubrick season at BFI Southbank will run until the end of May (featuring screenings of Kubrick’s feature films and his three short films), with a complementary season of ‘Kubrickian’ films running alongside it. The Design Museum also has a number of events held at the museum as part of the Kubrick Now Events Programme.

Chris Jenkins

Inside ID contributor Chris Jenkins is a freelance technology and industry journalist working for a wide range of consumer and B2B magazines and websites

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