Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Exhibit A

Diane Arbus at Martin-Gropius-Bau
As I mentioned previously, the whole trip out of London to Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam was stimulating and inspirational to say the least. As well as just about every flea market we could find, we managed a fair few exhibitions including a superb and totally comprehensive exhibition of work by Diane Arbus at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. At the Museum of Photography Berlin, Helmut Newton: White Women / Sleepless Nights / Big Nudes and The Colonial Eye, plus Early Portrait Photography in India. In Amsterdam we saw Ron Galella - Paparazzo Extraordinaire! and Erik Kessels - Album Beauty, then a quick visit to the Tattoo Museum followed by the incredible Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition at Amsterdam's Eye

As a lecturer at the University of the Arts London, I'd previously had the pleasure of taking my students to the Stanley Kubrick Archive in the London College of Communication. It's an amazing archive, specially designed to house the entire Stanley Kubrick collection and some of the University's other collections. The main room has been designed to look like a part of the set from 2001: A Space Odyssey (images here) and the archives themselves consist of huge metal doors labelled with each of the film titles. At the touch of a button they slide open to reveal a corridor of shelves filled with props and artifacts from each production. The amount of research and the level of detail that Kubrick put into each film and each prop is astounding. The wallet for Dr. Bill Harford, played by Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut was full of credit cards in the character's name and even his driving license had text on the back of the card too. The UAL Archives and Special Collections Centre is also well worth a visit for its other collections, including their Graphics and Comic Book Collection; in fact it was pretty strange and a big surprise to spot the Tharg I.D. wallet, one of my early 2000AD designs in a glass case with a little date plaque next to it.

Back to Kubrick in Amsterdam and I was allowed to take some photos inside the exhibition itself, some of which I will share with you now. It's interesting to note that the Identical Twins image above by Diane Arbus was the inspiration for the Grady twins in The Shining.

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