Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh presents an exhibition centred around mankind’s exploration of space. Taking Stanley Kubrick’s philosophical masterpiece 2001 A Space Odyssey as a starting point, the exhibition features a stellar line up of historical and contemporary artists and thinkers exploring the links between humanity and cosmos; and our understanding of the universe. The film was released fifty years ago.
2018 is also the fiftieth anniversary of a small photograph taken by Apollo 8 crewman William Anders, sometimes regarded as the most influential photograph of all time. It appeared ubiquitously on the front page of newspapers around the world in December 1968, depicting Earthrise, a small blue planet – ‘our home planet’, as Anders described it, ‘rising up above the stark and battered lunar horizon… the only colour against the deep blackness of space, beautiful and clearly delicate’.
The exhibition includes a series of vintage NASA photographs, including Ander’s Earthrise, alongside selected historical works, such as pages from the 1639 edition of Johann Bayer’s Uranometria, and the 1902 film A Trip to the Moon directed by Georges Méliès. These are being shown with works by international contemporary artists considering the relationship between the Earth and other planets. Artists featured include David Austen, Ben Cauchi, Vija Celmins, Susan Derges, Richard Forster, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Marine Hugonnier, Alicja Kwade, Peter Liversidge, Jonny Lyons, Garry Fabian Miller, Cornelia Parker, Katie Paterson and Frank Walter.
In partnership with the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Research Collections, the exhibition is part of the 2018 Edinburgh Art Festival.