Royal Museum of Fine Arts Belgium: Stanley Kubrick Photo Exhibition

The exhibition Dali, Magritte, Miro: Surrealism in Paris, currently being shown at the Fondation Beyeler (Basel), will be held at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Belgium in Brussels in March 2016, rather than March 2012.

This additional timeframe will facilitate loans of artworks for the exhibition and allow for a more rigorous presentation of the connections between surrealism and primitive art. The current financial environment has placed strains on the budgets of Belgian’s federal institutions and created difficulties in the world of sponsorship.

As a result, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts has decided to focus its resources on Jordaens and the Classical Tradition, an exhibition that will open on 12 October 2012. In place of Surrealism in Paris, the museum will present a show of photographs by world-acclaimed director Stanley Kubrick that will run from March to July 2012.

In Kubrick’s photos, which he took between 1945 and 1950, visitors will discover all of the leitmotivs that the director subsequently developed in his films. These exceptional images display an aesthetic control that is unusual in a young artist just out of high school. Mastery is an essential theme of the show – the 130 photographs will be juxtaposed with paintings from the Royal Museums that reflect the extent to which Kubrick, throughout his life, used painting as an inspirational touchstone for the construction of an image.

For Kubrick, these links were at once psychological and analytical; drawing on works from Hieronymus Bosch to Francis Bacon, the museum’s visual heritage will be highlighted in the service of an œuvre that speaks to our present moment.

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