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Istituto Veneto di Scienze Presents Photographs by Stanley Kubrick

After the great success at Palazzo della Ragione di Milano, with more than 38.000 people visiting the show, from 28 August to 14 November 2010, the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere e Arti – Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti in Venice will host the exhibition of two hundreds pictures (many of them printed from the original negatives) taken by Stanley Kubrick from 1945 up to 1950, when at the age of 17 he was hired by the American magazine Look.

The event’s inauguration is timed to coincide with the 67th Venice International Film Festival, where Kubrick received the special Career Golden Lion Award in 1997. The exhibition is curated by Rainer Crone and set up by Giunti Arte Mostre Musei, jointly with the Library of Congress, Washington D.C., and the Museum of the City of New York – where more than 20,000 still unknown negatives belonging to a young but already great photographer Stanley Kubrick are stored. The pictures shown testify the ability of the artist to witness everyday life in America during the post-war period thanks to the ironical and withering shot of New York that was becoming the new world capital and of Dixieland musicians and circus’ epic.

Love of the paradoxical, of the oxymoron, of the ambiguous, is a key to the work of one of the twentieth century’s greatest filmmakers: Stanley Kubrick.

While his films are known and appreciated by millions, few were aware until now that Kubrick was also a great photographer, in the years just after World War II. From 1945 to 1950 he worked, in fact, for the magazine Look, a popular weekly published in New York that aimed to document social life in post-war America. Rainer Crone, curator of this exhibition and expert in contemporary art, has discovered and studied over 12,000 photographs from this magazine, which had never before been critically or historically analyzed.

Specifically, this collection allows us to convincingly decipher some of the cultural references that were to become characteristic of Kubrick the film director as well; first among them, the theme of the artist’s ‘estrangement’ from his own work of art.

Venezia, Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti
Campo Santo Stefano 2842

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