The exhibition “Stanley Kubrick”at the CCCB in Barcelona from October 24


The CCCB – Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona – presents the exhibition “Stanley Kubrick“. Retracing the creative career of the great director (1928-1999), the exhibition starts from his formative years, develops through materials related to the 12 films and closes with projects that have remained incomplete or have been continued from other directors.

cover image: A Clockwork Orange, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1970-71; GB/United States)
Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) Film still. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

In 2003, Stanley Kubrick’s personal estate was, for the first time, made accessible and evaluated. Kubrick’s work archives contained an abundance of materials pertaining to all of his films: research and production documents, screenplays, correspondence, production stills, props, costumes, cameras, and lenses.
Over an area of approximately 1,000 square meters, the exhibition gathers together a representative selection of these objects. The director’s entire career 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 masterpieces such as “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”.


Lolita, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1960-62; GB/United States)
Sue Lyon as Dolores ‘Lolita’ Haze. Film still. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.


Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1963-64; GB/United States)
Stanley Kubrick and George C. Scott in the War Room playing chess
© Sony/Columbia Pictures Industries Inc.


The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1980; GB/United States)
The daughters of former caretaker Grady (Lisa and Louise Burns).Film still
© Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Kubrick was known for the high standards he demanded from his colleagues and, most particularly, from himself. Research and production documents attest to the director’s meticulous approach to the planning and execution of his works and the degree of detail with which he oversaw his productions. Stanley Kubrick’s films are renowned for their special effects and innovative pictorial composition. In the exhibition are various pieces of film equipment with which Kubrick worked: hand and studio cameras, a Moviola editing table and a selection of camera lenses, including the ultra-fast Zeiss lens with which the candle-lit scenes in Barry Lyndon were filmed. Models of various film sets demonstrate the complex use of studio constructions and camera technique.
Stanley Kubrick’s unrealized projectsNapoleon“ and “Aryan Papers“ are also presented in detail. The materials from the estate 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. Not least, the exhibition also deals with Kubrick’s early career as a photographer. As a young photographer employed by the prestigious magazine LOOK, Kubrick took thousands of photographs.


Eyes Wide Shut, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1999; GB/United States)
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and Stanley Kubrick during a break in a shoot on the set
© Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

An Exhibition by 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.

Curators: Hans-Peter Reichmann, Tim Heptner, Deutsches Filminstitut
Curator in Barcelona: Jordi Costa i Vila
Exhibition design: Víctor Imperial and Andrés Ibáñez.


2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1965-68; GB/United States)
Film still.© Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Stanley Kubrick – cccb – installation views




Stanley Kubrick
CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
Montalegre, 5 – Barcelona
From 24 October 2018 to 31 March 2019

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