Madrid´s iconic Círculo de Bellas Artes is putting on an exhibition that pays tribute to the American film director Stanley Kubrick (New York, 1928 – Saint Albans, England, 1999) and looks back at his films.
Kubrick is frequently cited as one of the greatest filmmakers in cinematic history. His films, which centred on adaptations of novels or short stories, covered a wide range of genres and include some of the most celebrated films of the last 60 years including Paths of Glory, Lolita, Dr Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange, and Full Metal Jacket.
The exhibition includes more than 600 exhibits, including audiovisual material, photographs, props, cameras, models, scripts, illustrations, storyboards, handwritten letters, costumes,director clapperboards and many other pieces to delight film fans.
The aim of the exhibition is to examine Kubrick’s way of thinking and creating, delving into his mind to discover that unique universe he was building in his films. Thus, the artist’s entire life is remembered chronologically, from his beginnings as a photographer for the prestigious Look magazine to his last film, the controversial Eyes Wide Shut, released in 1999.
Along with his films, the exhibition also looks at some of his projects that never saw the light, such as (A.I.) Artificial Intelligence, which was later developed by Steven Spielberg, or Napoleon, for which he compiled more than 15,000 photographs for locations and numerous biographical readings about the French emperor.
And, of course, there is no shortage of special items that will be instantly recognisable to any film fanatic, such as Jack Torrance’s axe from The Shining, the helmet with the slogan “Born to kill” from Full Metal Jacket, the planning for Paths of Glory, Alex DeLarge’s costume from A Clockwork Orange, or the monkey-man costume from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The exhibition runs until May.