Fiction – On the 20th anniversary of the death of Stanley Kubrick, London Design Museum pays tribute to one of the greatest directors of the XX century with Stanley Kubrick – The Exhibition. Until September 15, visitors can relive iconic scenes and discover unseen material from his genre-defining films, including The Shining, Barry Lyndon, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, Lolita, Spartacus and A Clockwork Orange.
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On display over 500 objects – from Ken Adam’s sketches for the War Room in Dr Strangelove, to erotic furniture from the Korova Milk Bar in A Clockwork Orange. A replica carpet from The Shining iconic scene leads to a ‘one-point perspective’ corridor mirroring Kubrick’s famous camera technique.
“The screen installation projects selected movie sequences to emphasize Kubrick’s trademark techniques such as his disorientating camera angles and unbearably slow pans“.
The first room offers a general introduction to Kubrik’s work plunging the visitor headlong into the director meticulous, and often obsessively disturbing, mind, revealing how he designed entire worlds from scratch.
The exhibition proceeds film by film, arranged not chronologically but thematically. For instance, Spartacus and Full Metal Jacket are presented in the ‘Paths of Glory‘ section dedicated to war films.
Highlights include the complete ensemble of Alex from A Clockwork Orange, the centrifuge structure from 2001 A Space Odyssey, as well as the intricate model maze from The Shining.
On show 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.
STANLEY KUBRIK – THE EXHIBITION – All photos by Ed Reeve: courtesy of London Design Museum.