LACMA and Film Academy Join Forces for Stanley Kubrick Exhibition

Stanley Kubrick Behind the Camera - H 2012
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Stanley Kubrick Behind the Camera - H 2012

The director of "2001" and "A Clockwork Orange" will be the subject of a major retrospective beginning Nov. 1.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are joining forces to co-present the first U.S retrospective of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, which will run from Nov. 1 through June 30, 2013 at LACMA’s Art of the America’s building. The exhibition developed with the Kubrick Estate and Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt, will spotlight archival material, annotated scripts, photography, costumes, cameras and equipment, set models, original promotional materials and props.

The exhibition also will feature sections on projects that Kubrick never completed, special effects he and his team developed, and an alternate beginning to his film 2001.

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To kick off a film retrospective of the director’s work that will take place at LACMA’s Bing Theater in November, the Academy will present an “An Academy Salute to Stanley Kubrick” at its Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Nov. 7. The salute will be hosted by Malcolm McDowell, star of Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, and guests will include several of Kubrick’s colleagues and collaborators. The Academy will also display items from its permanent collection illustrating Kubrick’s work in the Goldwyn lobby.

The partnership on the Kubrick exhibition will serve as something of a dry run for the Academy’s planned motion picture museum at the old May Company building on Wilshire Blvd., which belongs to LACMA.

Stanley Kubrick represents the perfect opportunity to collaborate with LACMA on the presentation of film in a museum setting,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO. “It is a taste of things to come when we open the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in the historic Wilshire May Company building on the LACMA campus.” Academy president Hawk Koch added, “This is a major step in the Academy’s plan to create a premier movie museum in Los Angeles.”

“By featuring this legendary filmmaker and his oeuvre in his first retrospective within the context of an art museum, Stanley Kubrick will reevaluate how we define the artist in the twenty-first century, and simultaneously expand upon LACMA’s commitment to exploring the intersection of art and film,” Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of LACMA, said. Kubrick’s impact on film and art history will be recognized at LACMA’s 2012 Art + Film Gala, which will also honor artist Ed Ruscha, on Oct. 27.

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The presentation of the exhibition in Los Angeles has been made possible through a gift from producer Steve Tisch, who said, “I am glad to support this important retrospective of one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. This is one more example of LACMA’s commitment to film as an art form, along with past exhibitions like Tim Burton and Dalí: Painting & Film and recent acquisitions like Christian Marclay’s The Clock.”