Stanley Kubrick is one of the few filmmakers that has made such an impression and influence on cinema, and will undoubtedly continue to do so. After a short photography career, Kubrick created his first major Hollywood film in 1965 with The Killing and would go on to make cult classics and box office hits that were often controversial yet continue to hold great importance in popular culture; Spartacus, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange and The Shining among them. He passed away in 1999, shortly after completing his last film Eyes Wide Shut.
Cited as a major influence by the likes of Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, the Coen brothers, Guillermo del Toro and more, Stanley Kubrick left a cinematic legacy quite unlike any other filmmaker.
In celebration of his life’s work and influence, London’s Somerset House will host an exhibition – Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick – featuring works by contemporary artists, filmmakers and musicians that have all been inspired by Kubrick. Participating collaborators – Joseph Kosuth, Doug Foster, Doug Aitken and Sarah Lucas among them – have been asked to take reference from something out of the Kubrick archives – whether that’s a film, a particular scene, a character, a concept or a theme – to create unique pieces of work. Artist Christiane Kubrick, his wife of 41 years, will also exhibit a painting entitled Remembering Stanley.
In the exhibition, pieces will range from the obvious references to subtle interpretations and re-imaginings of Kubrick’s themes for modern day purposes and issues – together shedding new light and perspectives on the filmmaker’s work.
Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick will be hosted at Somerset House from 6 July – 24 August 2016. For more information about the exhibition, visit the Somerset House website.
Words by Angharad Jones. Images courtesy of Peter Macdiarmid/Somerset House, unless otherwise stated