Stanley Kubrick Exhibition

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Today, I visited the absolutely fabulous Stanley Kubrick exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. I don't want to say too much about the exhibition; rather I'd urge you to go and see for yourself. What I did observe though was that it was a rather fun place to explore. One thing that stuck in my mind was a small red book with the title "bible and selected Russian phrases". Obviously, it was from "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb."

The curators of the exhibition carried on this sense of exploration with funny juxtapositions. For example, from "2001: A Space Odyssey" you could see the mask of the ape in the inital sequence right next to one of the astronauts' helmets. A reflection, I guess of the way the bone thrown up into the air blends over into the space station, several thousand years later.

From 2001: The ape's mask From 2001: The astronaut's helmet

I didn't take a lot of photos, primarily because I only had my cell phone with me, but here are two more, also from 2001:

From 2001: Unfortunately, I wasn't allowed to use it From 2001: A glimpse of the space station (HAL?)

You can also follow some other person around, a proud father, who was introducing his one-year old to the secrets of Kubrick's film making. I think the pictures portray the relaxed atmosphere and playfulness of the exhibition very well.

Looks like this father preps his little boy
to become a B52 bomber pilot
That kind of introduction to the real world
will have to wait for a few more years
Time travel though is perfectly acceptable,
in particular if happens on a copy of the 2001 set!
But maybe not all parts of the 2001 set
were properly noted and recreated

You can catch the exhibition in Berlin until April 2005, after which it will move on.

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