Launching today is a new exhibition at The Design Museum, celebrating the work of one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century, Stanley Kubrick.
Marking the 20th anniversary of his death, the landmark show explores his unique command of the whole creative design process of film making from storyteller to director to editor.
It’s the first time the acclaimed touring exhibition will be hosted in Britain, Kubrick’s home and workplace for over 40 years. It was, in fact, where he 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 Stanley Kubrick the obsessive genius. It shows step by step how he created genre-defining worlds for his films and how London was his endlessly inventive canvas. You’ll be able to step inside several themed rooms, each shaped around a separate film such as A Clockwork Orange, The Shining and Lolita.
2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1965–68;GB/United States). Screen photo. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1965–68; GB/United States). Still image. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Speaking of the exhibition, Steven Spielberg said: “Nobody could craft a movie better than Stanley Kubrick. He is an inspiration to us all. Stanley was a chameleon with the astonishing ability to reinvent himself with each new story he told. I defy anyone who just happens upon a Kubrick film while channel surging to try with all your might to change the station – I have found this to be impossible.”
Featuring about 700 objects, films and interviews, Stanley Kubrick brings to the fore the filmmaker’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.
From predicting the modern tablet and defining the aesthetic of space exploration a year before the Moon Landing, in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), to the use of NASA-manufactured lenses to film by candlelight in Barry Lyndon (1975), Kubrick was just as much an inventor as a filmmaker.
2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1980; GB/United States). Grady (Philip Stone) and Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson). Still image. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Expect to also see the Centrifuge-set that Kubrick had developed for 2001: A Space Odyssey; film props such as the platoon flags and the infamous Born-to-Kill helmet worn by Private Joker in Full Metal Jacket, costumes worn on set during Barry Lyndon as well as pre and post production materials loaned from the Stanley Kubrick Archive at University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre.
“If you want to step inside the mind of one of the greatest film directors of all time, this exhibition will take you there,” said Special Advisor Alan Yentob. “Stanley Kubrick’s imagination was boundless and his mastery of every aspect of filmmaking will be on display here at the Design Museum. Join us for a Festival of Stanley.”
A Clockwork Orange, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1970-71; GB/United States). Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) in the Korova Milkbar. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1963-64; GB/United States). The Conference table in the War Room. © Sony/Columbia Pictures Industries Inc.
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition kicks off at The Design Museum from 26 April and runs until 15 September 2019. Book tickets online at designmuseum.org.