daydreaming with stanley kubrick

Ahead of a new exhibition at Somerset House, we get lost in these Kubrick inspired artworks from some of the world’s most exciting artists.

by Tish Weinstock
05 July 2016, 1:35pm

© Warner Bros. Pictures

Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick is an original exhibition that brings together some of the world's most exciting artists who will each contribute a new or existing piece of work inspired by legendary director Stanley Kubrick. Conceived by Mo'Wax and UNKLE founder James Lavelle, and staged at London's iconic Somerset House, the exhibition pays homages to one of cinema's greatest. Work varies from a maze of mirrors from Gavin Turk - inspired by the hedges in Kubrick's The Shining - a spaceman's helmet from Mat Collishaw, in reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey, to a taxidermy snake from Polly Morgan and Sarah Lucas' Priapus as nods to A Clockwork Orange. "I've always been interested in Space - other worlds, other possibilities and this mind-blowing mirroring effect between the infinitely small and the infinitely big," muses artist Charlotte Colbert who will also be contributing a work to the show. Other artists featured include: Doug Aitken, Haroon Mirza & Anish Kapoor, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard with Jarvis Cocker, Beth Orton and others, Jane & Louise Wilson, Jocelyn Pook, Marc Quinn, Michael Nyman, Mick Jones, Nathan Coley, Peter Kennard, Polly Morgan, Samantha Morton, Sarah Lucas, Thomas Bangalter and more. Elsewhere artist Christiane Kubrick, the director's wife of 41 years, will be lending a portrait entitled Remembering Stanley especially for the show.

A Clockwork Britain © Paul Insect

Famed for his unique vision and innovative approach to story telling, Kubrick began making films at the age of 25, with his first big feature The Killing debuting in 1956. Over the next four decades he created some of the world's most iconic films including Lolita, Full Metal Jacket, The Shining and Dr Strangelove, and will continue to inspire thousands of generations of artists and filmmakers to come.

Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick in partnership with Canon will show from 6 July - 24 August at Somerset House. James Lavelle will also be performing with UNKLE on 17 July as part of Summer Series at Somerset House and you can vote now for your favourite Kubrick film to be shown as part of Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House on 11 August.

The Creation of History (London, 8 August 2011), © Marc Quinn studio

In and Out of Space © Charlotte-Colbert

Trident A Strange Love © Peter-Kennard

Philip-Castle © Warner Bros. Pictures

© Warner Bros. Pictures


Text Tish Weinstock

the shining
A Clockwork Orange
Stanley Kubrick
eyes wide shut
2001, A Space Odyssey
Somerset House