This summer, Somerset House in London will invite artists to explore the impact of one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers of all time, Stanley Kubrick.
Contributors include Doug Aitken, Gavin Turk, Haroon Mirza and Anish Kapoor, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard with Jarvis Cocker, Beth Orton, Jane and Louise Wilson, Jocelyn Pook, Marc Quinn, Mat Collishaw, Michael Nyman, Mick Jones, Nathan Coley, Peter Kennard, Polly Morgan, Samantha Morton, Sarah Lucas, Thomas Bangalter and many more.
The group will each provide a new or existing work inspired by Kubrick, responding to a film, scene, character or theme from the Kubrick archives, or even the man himself. Together they will bring new perspectives on the cinematic master’s life and work.
The exhibition is also supported by artist Christiane Kubrick, the director’s wife of 41 years, who will be lending a portrait entitled Remembering Stanley for the show, and Jan Harlan, Kubrick’s Executive Producer for 28 years. It is also endorsed by Warner Bros. Pictures, who collaborated with Kubrick on all his films since 1971.
Kubrick began making films at the age of 25, with his first big feature The Killing in 1956. Over the following four decades, he directed cinema classics including Dr Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. He did not allow himself to be controlled by the Hollywood studios, therefore delivering films of pertinence and power, sometimes of controversy and always of originality across genres, inspiring future generations of filmmakers and artists alike.
This is a show not to be missed. Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick launches at Somerset House in London on 6 July and runs until 24 August 2016. Details can be found on the Somerset House website at: www.somersethouse.org.uk.