Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Stanley Kubrick exhibition announced for 2014 at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Immensely popular exhibition celebrating the life and work of Stanley Kubrick to make its Canadian debut in Toronto

“In the whole history of movies, there has been nothing like Kubrick's vision of hope and wonder, of grace and of mystery, of humour and contradictions. It was a gift to us, and now it's a legacy.” -- Steven Spielberg

Toronto – Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF and Noah Cowan, Artistic Director of TIFF Bell Lightbox, have announced that the first exhibition dedicated to the life and work of legendary film auteur Stanley Kubrick will be coming to Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox in fall 2014. Stanley Kubrick, developed in collaboration by the Kubrick estate and Frankfurt’s Deutsches Filmmuseum which premiered the exhibition in 2004, has since travelled to some of the world’s most important cultural institutions in Paris, Rome, Brussels, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Los Angeles, and most recently São Paulo. TIFF is proud to be presenting the Canadian premiere of Stanley Kubrick.

“As an organization dedicated to cinema and its visionaries, it goes without saying that we are delighted to be hosting Stanley Kubrick next year at TIFF Bell Lightbox,” said Handling. “Celebrating an extraordinary filmmaker like Kubrick and sharing his incredible career with new and familiar audiences further reinforces our organization’s mission to transform the way people see the world through film.”

“Kubrick was one of the most influential directors of the 20th century, and we’re thrilled to showcase the genius and creative process behind his films through this comprehensive exhibition,” added Cowan. “To complement the gallery exhibition, TIFF Bell Lightbox programmers will be curating a full retrospective of Kubrick’s cinematic work, as well as an extensive film sidebar of his favourite films.”

Drawing on extensive archives from Kubrick’s home and workplace, the exhibition features rare photographs and letters, original props and costumes, screenplays, production materials, and cameras from his nearly 50-year career. Priceless items such as the ‘Starchild’ from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the dresses of the ghostly sisters from The Shining, the ‘Born to Kill’ helmet of Private Joker from Full Metal Jacket, and the authentic model of the ‘War Room’ in Dr. Strangelove are just a few of the many pieces on display.

Visitors will also learn about Kubrick's famously uncompleted projects Napoleon and The Aryan Papers. Materials such as research papers, costume designs, and shooting scripts document how far Kubrick had developed these projects, and testify to his comprehensive and meticulous working style. The exhibition also spotlights Kubrick’s early documentary shorts and his work as a photojournalist for Look magazine from 1945 to 1950.

Further details on Stanley Kubrick will be announced in the coming months.

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About TIFF
TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit

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