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Stanley Kubrick exhibition opens at the Design Museum

Jack Torrance's typewriter from The Shining Photo: Design Museum

Twenty years after his death the work of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick is being celebrated in a new exhibition at the London Design Museum.

The show was opened in west London by Kubrick's widow, the artist Christiane Kubrick. It includes costumes and props from his most famous films, including The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, and Dr Strangelove.

Born to Kill helmet prop from Full Metal Jacket Credit: Design Museum
A model of the War Room from Dr Strangelove Credit: Design Museum

The touring exhibition features around 700 objects, presented in a series of themed rooms, each focused on a individual film.

Visitors enter the exhibition whilst walking on a replica carpet from an iconic scene in The Shining, before entering a ‘one-point perspective’ corridor mirroring Kubrick’s famous camera technique.

Installation of Space Station 5 from 2001 A Space Odyssey Credit: Design Museum
Model of the centrifuge machine from 2001 A Space Odyssey Credit: Design Museum

Also on show is technical equipment from the filmmaking process.

Steenbeck editing machine used fow Full Metal Jacket Credit: Design Museum
Original clapperboards used in Kubrick's films Credit: Design Museum

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg said of the exhibition:

Nobody could craft a movie better than Stanley Kubrick. He is an inspiration to us all. Stanley was a chameleon with the astonishing ability to reinvent himself with each new story he told.

I defy anyone who just happens upon a Kubrick film while channel surfing to try with all your might to change the station – I have found this to be impossible.

– Steven Spielberg