THE EYE FILM INSTITUTE BRINGS THE LIFE’S WORK OF STANLEY KUBRICK TO AMSTERDAM
The world’s first exhibition of American film maker Stanley Kubrick’s life work is on display at Amsterdam’s EYE film museum. A comprehensive display of the artist’s titles are on show. Kubrick (1928 – 1999) made 13 movies which included titles such as Lolita, 2001 Space Odyssey and Full Metal Jacket. All 13 movies are on display and on constant loop. They are accompanied with memorabilia such as posters, costumes, plans and budgets.
Kubrick set standards for genres such as film noir, science-fiction, drama and historical costume. Placing Kubrick’s work in one exhibition allows the visitor to see the developing styles and progression of the artist through his life. The attention to set detail and the dramatic slow pace of his style comes across strongly in this exhibition.
Many of Kubrick’s movies were released to controversy. Paths of Glory (1957) was banned in France as it portrayed the horror of the first World War. The most controversial was Clockwork Orange (1970-71) an exploration of violence and government rehabilitation. This controversy intensified with the cinema experience. The violent gang rape scene of Clockwork Orange was on the screen and those with young children present were forced to grapple with the moral dilemma of censorship that Kubrick’s work attracted.
The exhibition provides an insight into an artist through his work. The films take center stage. There is limited insight into the man himself. There is commentary from associates, actors and producers about Kubrick but no exploration of his private life nor of his inner workings.
The new home of the film institute, formerly located in the old Vondel Park Film Museum, provides a solid setting for this exhibit. Touted as Amsterdam’s ‘gateway to the world of the moving image’ it is only appropriate that the EYE be the first European institute to host this world tour of Kubrick’s life. To curate a life’s exhibition of any artist is a challenging task. The strength of this exhibition is that the visitor can see the complete filmography of Kubrick in one space. The subjects and stories chosen by Kubrick are ones which explore the darker side of humanity – themes which everybody can explore. His status as one of the 20th century’s most influential film makers testifies to the advancements of style and technique which he developed as an artist.
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition runs from 21.06 until 09.09 2012 at EYE North Amsterdam. Admission is 12 Euros and children under 11 go in for free. To get there, take the river barge that says ‘Buiksloterweg’ behind Amsterdam Central Station. For details visit the Eye website www.eyefilm.nl/en
Kieren McGovern, omyamsterdamtours.com
Photographs: Eye Amsterdam