Stanley Kubrick travelling exhibition

Stanley Kubrick during filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey (US/UK 1968) © Warner Bros. Inc.
Stanley Kubrick during filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey (US/UK 1968) © Warner Bros. Inc.

The exhibition presents the complete story of the director Stanley Kubrick, whose archive is held at the University Archives and Special Collections Centre, within LCC.

The exhibition

This is an exhibition from the Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, Christiane Kubrick, Jan Harlan and the Stanley Kubrick Archive at University of the Arts London, with the support of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Sony-Columbia Pictures Industries Inc., Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios Inc., Universal Studios Inc. and SK Film Archives LLC.

The exhibition gathers together a highly visual selection of objects linking the films to original props, production documents, research papers and photographs, enabling the visitor to appreciate the breadth of Kubrick’s career.

The director’s entire work is documented, beginning with his early short documentaries and ending with his last film, Eyes Wide Shut (1999). All of Kubrick’s films are introduced, including 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975) and The Shining (1980). 

Original costumes and props illustrate key elements in Kubrick’s films. These include the star child and the man-ape costume from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the dresses of the twin sisters and Jack Torrance’s axe from The Shining, the ‘Born to Kill’ helmet from Full Metal Jacket (1986) and the masks from Eyes Wide Shut.

Stanley Kubrick’s unrealised projects ‘Napoleon’ and ‘Aryan Papers’ are also presented in detail. The archive materials document how far advanced research and pre-production work had been on his film about the French emperor and on the screen adaptation of Louis Begley’s novel Wartime Lies.

Turner Prize Winning artists Jane and Louise Wilson developed the film ‘Unfolding Aryan Papers: a documentary about Kubrick’s unmade film’, based on the costume test material. Their film can be seen on YouTube 

The exhibition also demonstrates Kubrick’s early career as a photographer. As a young photographer employed by the prestigious magazine LOOK, Kubrick began his career as a photojournalist before he ventured into moving image.

The tour

The exhibition has been to 11 international venues in Europe, Australia and South America. Currently the exhibition can be seen at