Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition


The work and legacy of Stanley Kubrick, one of celluloid’s greatest film directors, is celebrated at London’s Design Museum. The Fizz takes a sneak peek…


With its futuristic sets and intelligent technology, epic 1968 sci-fi movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, by legendary US film director Stanley Kubrick, has always been a firm Fizz fave. Rotating stairwells, pre-iPad tablets and spaceports with distinctive ‘Djinn’ chairs by Olivier Mourgue are just a few details which have become iconic design moments on the silver screen, while the HAL 9000 computer (arguably the movie’s biggest star) is a precursor to Alexa and Siri.

Now ’Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition’, proving a hot ticket at London’s Design Museum, goes behind the scenes to show how Kubrick created his masterpiece along with other classic movies including ‘A Clockwork Orange’, ‘Barry Lyndon’ and ‘The Shining’. Running until 15 September, the must-see exhibition dedicates a room to each film displaying handwritten notes, early scripts, costumes, props and models. Rejected designs by US graphic designer Saul Bass for promotional posters for 1980 horror flick ‘The Shining’ are on show, as is a recreation of Howard Johnson’s Earthlight Room from ‘A Space Odyssey’. The droog (gang mate) costume from 1971’s dystopian crime film ‘A Clockwork Orange’ still has a certain frisson today from its associations with ‘a little of the old ultraviolence’.

ABOVE: The gravity-defying rotating stairwell from Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’
ABOVE RIGHT: Artificial intelligence in the form of the HAL 9000 computer from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’
BELOW FROM LEFT: English actor Malcolm McDowell as chief droog Alex in ‘A Clockwork Orange‘; A droog costume in the exhibition

Kubrick liked to exercise total control over each of his projects, which almost always drove him to recreate places and spaces on a sound studio rather than go on location. Many of ‘The Shining’’s Rocky Mountains-set scenes in The Overlook Hotel were shot at the UK’s Elstree Studios as were the infamous Dawn of Man ape scenes from ‘A Space Odyssey’. An ingenious projection method was devised to create the illusion that the ape footage was shot outside, just one example of Kubrick’s many experimental processes explored here.

BELOW: The entry to the Design Museum exhibition features a montage of scenes from Kubrick’s films demonstrating his signature ‘one-point perspective’ technique


ABOVE: Stanley Kubrick directs Jack Nicholson on the set of cult classic ‘The Shining’

Kubrick’s ground-breaking design collaborations, including his work with acclaimed German-British talent Ken Adam on set designs for 1964 black comedy/political satire ‘Dr. Strangelove’, are also celebrated in the exhibition. Since Stanley Kubrick’s death in 1999 few film directors have made as big a mark as the great auteur. We highly recommend heading over to the Design Museum to discover why.

‘Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition’ is on now until 15 September 2019 at the Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8. Book in advance online to avoid disappointment as select dates are selling out fast.

Pictures: Warner Bros Entertainment Inc; Ed Reeve

Art Basel Hong Kong

Get set for Art Basel Hong Kong, the fair turning Asia's commerce-savvy metropolis into an influential Culture Club


Expect a swarm of eager artists, collectors and dealers to descend on Hong Kong this week as one of the world’s most dynamic art fairs hits town. The city’s burgeoning cultural scene continues to grow with the second edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, younger sibling to Art Basel Switzerland and Miami Beach, running from 15 to 18 May at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Once off the radar of the global art establishment, Hong Kong is currently the third largest art auction market after London and New York, benefitting from wealthy Chinese collectors and a freedom of expression unfamiliar to the mainland. At the show’s helm is Director Magnus Renfrew, who has jetted tirelessly across borders to forge relationships with gallerists and collectors. His ambition is to change western perceptions of what constitutes Chinese contemporary art, insisting there is fascinating work that engages with the reality of what it is like to live in China today.

ABOVE: 'Untitled', 2013, Wu Jian'an. Insights sector. Courtesy of Wu Jian'an and Chambers Fine Art

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, 2012
Doug Aitken
Galleries sector
Courtesy of Doug Aitken and 303 Gallery

, Kishio Suga
Encounters sector
Courtesy of Kishio Suga and Tomio Koyama Gallery
'Chongqing VI (Sunday Afternoon), Chongqing Municipality', 2006 Nadav Kander
Insights sector
Courtesy Nadav Kander and Blindspot Gallery
'Cube 48 Orange', 2014, Marta Chilindron
Encounters sector
Courtesy of Marta Chilindron and Cecilia de Torres New York
'Letter', 2012
Miyanaga Aiko
Encounters sector
Courtesy of Miyanaga Aiko and Mizuma Art Gallery

Art Basel Hong Kong, 2013
Courtesy of Art Basel


Embracing both established names and emerging talents, this year’s fair will feature around 245 leading galleries from 39 countries, including Asian powerhouse Pearl Lam Galleries. A-List artists are represented by the 170 esteemed contemporary players in the fair’s main Galleries sector. Among the 19 new exhibitors joining this edition are Michael Hoppen Gallery, Mazzoleni Galleria d’Arte and Tokyo Gallery. Already 50 per cent of galleries presented have exhibition spaces in the Asia-Pacific, and with more artists from the region being showcased we're certainly in for an education.

Visitors will navigate through six sectors: Galleries, Insights (Basel-specific Asia-Pacific work), Discoveries (next-gen talent), Encounters, Magazines and inaugural offering Film. Curated by Beijing Art Lab director Li Zhenhua, the exciting three-day programme will feature films by and about artists, hosted in collaboration with the Hong Kong Arts Centre, with free screenings at its agnès b. CINEMA. Encounters, a series of large-scale sculptures and installations dotted throughout the exhibition halls, will be overseen by Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.

For artist talks, book launches and discussions, the Salon series offers an informal setting, while Conversations presents talks and panel debates by prominent art world figureheads. Given Hong Kong’s pivotal position between East and West, the notion of crossing cultures should prove a common theme. Also look out for fringe events and parties around town, including Art Gallery Night on 13 May, promising free, public after-hours openings at 37 galleries, and Berlin artist Carsten Nicolai's app-interactive light installation, illuminating the city's skyline.