THE COEN BROTHERS AND 25 YEARS SINCE THE BIG LEBOWSKI

24 September 2023
Foto alternative movie poster del film Il grande Lebowski (portrait) | Dave O Flanagan | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano

Soggettiva Gallery presents, from tuesday 3 October 2023, the new exhibition: THE COEN BROTHERS AND 25 YEARS SINCE THE BIG LEBOWSKI

The show – an exploration of the cinematic imagery of the two American directors, full of both violence and poetry – will debut just before the release of Drive-Away Dolls, their latest cinematic effort.

The new exhibition celebrates one of the most important film releases of the fall, DRIVE-AWAY DOLLS by ETHAN COEN.

Since Tuesday 3 October 2023 

“THE COEN BROTHERS AND 25 YEARS SINCE THE BIG LEBOWSKI”

A stunning collection, designed as a celebration: on the one hand, the 25th anniversary since the release of The Big Lebowski – made unforgettable by the extraordinary performance of Jeff Bridges as “The Dude” –, on the other hand the imminent release of Drive-Away Dolls by Ethan Coen.

THE EXHIBITION

“THE COEN BROTHERS AND 25 YEARS SINCE THE BIG LEBOWSKI” is the tribute that Soggettiva Gallery reserves to the films by the Coen Brothers on the occasion of the release of their new road-movie Drive-Away Dolls, scheduled for October 5, 2023

THE ARTWORKS

The Big Lebowski is the absolute protagonist of the show : the posters by Dave O’Flanagan and Malone offer an unprecedented point of view on this extraordinary cult. Particularly original is the reinterpretation offered by Casey Callender, which mixes Lebowski with Steven Spielberg’s E.T imaginery. The exhibition includes works dedicated to Coen films such as No Country for Old Men, Fargo, True Grit, Barton Fink and Blood Simple.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DUDE!

Upon its release on US screens in 1998, The Big Lebowski did not get the expected response. Yet, in the following years, the film has turned into a real cult object and will soon return to the cinema in a restored version by the Cineteca di Bologna.

What are the reasons for such an idolatry towards this film? First of all, the mix of genres such as noir, musical, western, among which the comic and ironic register is imposed. Secondly, cinematic allusions and quotations. Finally, the dreamlike and surreal aspect, which enriches the narrative with recourse to the dream and the grotesque.

THE COMEDIES

Awarded in 1991 at Cannes FIlm Festival, Barton Fink is the title that made the two brothers of Minnesota famous for the first time, and still remains one of their most fascinating and mysterious films.

Inside Llewyn Davis is dense with emotions, artistic talent and the typical Coen Brothers’s grotesque atmosphere. The laughter, the bizarre expressions of the characters, the hypnotic atmospheres and the original car movements make it an essential part of the cinematography of Joel and Ethan Coen.

KILLERS AND DETECTIVES

Half road movie and half theater of the absurd, but also acute black comedy able to skillfully blend comedy and tragedy in a continuous reflecting game between literature, theater and life, Fargo is a great example of fiction, yet, on the black screen, an epigraph warns us that what we are about to see is inspired by true story.

The story of Blood Simple follows a noir plot, with a love triangle, murders, blood and tension: but the ability of the Coen Brothers (Joel, credited as director, and Ethan, only as producer) is precisely in subverting the rules of a genre that they know well and with which they have grown, in order to deconstruct and restructure it in a totally different and atypical way.

NEW WESTERN

With No Country for Old Men, the Coen Brothers return to their origins, to their favorite atmospheres, examining the many consequences that pure chance can bring with it in human relationships. For the first time in his career, the Minneapolis duo wrote a screenplay adapting a text by a well-known author, Cormac McCarthy.

When they approach a new genre Coen Brothers always make it their own, using it to blend their poetics of the transience of the human being, but at the same time they deeply respect the rules of the genre itself: that’s what happens for True Grit and for the western genre that the film belongs to.

GANGSTERS

If there is one thing that the Coens know how to do it is to build surprising plots, with complex and often brilliant twists. Miller’s Crossing makes no exception: while displayinga substantial linearity at the narrative level (no flashbacks), this does not prevent the Coen to enact unpredictible turns.

A “TWO-HEADED” DIRECTOR

Coen films and characters are very difficult to forget, succeeding in insinuating themselves into the deepest meanders of our psychology: a cinema capable of expressing lightness and crude originality at the same time, just like the Alternative Movie Poster exhibited at Soggettiva Gallery.

SOGGETTIVA GALLERY

Via Pasquale Sottocorno 5/A, 20122 Milano

3357722437 – 3458463222

info@soggettivagallery.com 

www.soggettivagallery.com 

Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday / 10–20.30
Saturday and Sunday / 10-13.30  16-19.30

Foto alternative movie poster del film Non è un paese per vecchi (pink) concepcion studios | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano
Foto alternative movie poster del film Il grande Lebowski (Michelangelo) | Callender | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano
Foto alternative movie poster del film Il grande Lebowski (Toilette) | Max Dalton | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano
Foto alternative movie poster del film Barton Fink | Amanda Hedstrom | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano
Foto alternative movie poster del film A proposito di Davis | Sherif Adel | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano
Foto alternative movie poster del film Blood Simple | JEFFREY EVERETT | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano
Foto alternative movie poster del film Fargo (blood) | Saniose | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano
Foto alternative movie poster del film Fargo (Snow) | Nan Lawson | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano
Foto alternative movie poster del film Non è un paese per vecchi (color) | Van Orton | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano
Foto alternative movie poster del film Il Grinta (horse) | Jay Gordon | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano
Foto alternative movie poster del film Non è un paese per vecchi (pink) concepcion studios | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano

The new exhibition celebrates one of the most important film releases of the fall, DRIVE-AWAY DOLLS by ETHAN COEN.

Since Tuesday 3 October 2023 

“THE COEN BROTHERS AND 25 YEARS SINCE THE BIG LEBOWSKI”

A one of a kind collection, designed as a celebration: on the one hand, the 25th anniversary since the release of The Great Lebowski – made unforgettable by the extraordinary performance of Jeff Bridges as “The Dude” –, on the other hand the imminent release of Drive-Away Dolls by Ethan Coen.

Foto alternative movie poster del film Il grande Lebowski (Michelangelo) | Callender | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano

THE EXHIBITION

“THE COEN BROTHERS AND 25 YEARS SINCE THE BIG LEBOWSKI” is the tribute that Soggettiva Gallery reserves to the films by the Coen Brothers on the occasion of the release of their new road-movie Drive-Away Dolls, scheduled for October 5, 2023

Foto alternative movie poster del film Il grande Lebowski (Toilette) | Max Dalton | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano

THE ARTWORKS

The Big Lebowski is the absolute protagonist of the show : the posters by Dave O’Flanagan and Malone offer an unprecedented point of view on this extraordinary cult. Particularly original is the reinterpretation offered by Casey Callender, which mixes Lebowski with Steven Spielberg’s E.T imaginery. The exhibition includes works dedicated to Coen films such as No Country for Old Men, Fargo, True Grit, Barton Fink and Blood Simple.

Foto alternative movie poster del film Barton Fink | Amanda Hedstrom | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DUDE!

Upon its release on US screens in 1998, The Big Lebowski did not get the expected response. Yet, in the following years, the film has turned into a real cult object and will soon return to the cinema in a restored version by the Cineteca di Bologna.

What are the reasons for such an idolatry towards this film? First of all, the mix of genres such as noir, musical, western, among which the comic and ironic register is imposed. Secondly, cinematic allusions and quotations. Finally, the dreamlike and surreal aspect, which enriches the narrative with recourse to the dream and the grotesque.

Foto alternative movie poster del film A proposito di Davis | Sherif Adel | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano

THE COMEDIES

Awarded in 1991 at Cannes FIlm Festival, Barton Fink is the title that made the two brothers of Minnesota famouse for the first time, and still remains one of their most fascinating and mysterious films.

Inside Llewyn Davis is dense with emotions, artistic talent and the typical Coen Brothers’s grotesque atmosphere. The laughter, the bizarre expressions of the characters, the hypnotic atmospheres and the original car movements make it an essential part of the cinematography of Joel and Ethan Coen.

Foto alternative movie poster del film Blood Simple | JEFFREY EVERETT | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano

KILLERS AND DETECTIVES

Half road movie and half theater of the absurd, but also acute black comedy able to skillfully blend comedy and tragedy in a continuous reflecting game between literature, theater and life, Fargo is a great example of fiction, yet, on the black screen, an epigraph warns us that what we are about to see is inspired by true story.

The story of Blood Simple follows a noir plot, with a love triangle, murders, blood and tension: but the ability of the Coen Brothers (Joel, credited as director, and Ethan, only as producer) is precisely in subverting the rules of a genre that they know well and with which they have grown, in order to deconstruct and restructure it in a totally different and atypical way.

Foto alternative movie poster del film Fargo (blood) | Saniose | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano

NEW WESTERN

With No Country for Old Men, the Coen Brothers return to their origins, to their favorite atmospheres, examining the many consequences that pure chance can bring with it in human relationships. For the first time in his career, the Minneapolis duo wrote a screenplay adapting a text by a well-known author, Cormac McCarthy.

When they approach a new genre Coen Brothers always make it their own, using it to blend their poetics of the transience of the human being, but at the same time they deeply respect the rules of the genre itself: that’s what happens for True Grit and for the western genre that the film belongs to.

Foto alternative movie poster del film Fargo (Snow) | Nan Lawson | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano

GANGSTERS

If there is one thing that the Coens know how to do it is to build surprising plots, with complex and often brilliant twists. Miller’s Crossing is no exception: while displayinga substantial linearity at the narrative level (no flashbacks), this does not prevent the Coen to enact unpredictible turns.

Foto alternative movie poster del film Non è un paese per vecchi (color) | Van Orton | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano

A “TWO-HEADED” DIRECTOR

Coen films and characters are very difficult to forget, succeeding in insinuating themselves into the deepest meanders of our psychology: a cinema capable of expressing lightness and crude originality at the same time, just like the Alternative Movie Poster exhibited at Soggettiva Gallery.

Foto alternative movie poster del film Il Grinta (horse) | Jay Gordon | Coen | Soggettiva Gallery Milano

SOGGETTIVA GALLERY

Via Pasquale Sottocorno 5/A, 20122 Milano

3357722437 – 3458463222

info@soggettivagallery.com 

www.soggettivagallery.com 

Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday / 10–20.30
Saturday and Sunday / 10-13.30  16-19.30

CHRIS BRAKE

Prima di passare al cinema, Chris ha lavorato come illustratore, esponendo spesso nelle rinomate gallerie d’arte della cultura pop di Los Angeles “Hero Complex Gallery” e “Gallery 1988”, producendo opere d’arte ufficiali per 20th Century Fox, Joss Whedon, Joe Dante e Roger Corman. Successivamente ha lavorato come assistente del dipartimento artistico per clienti come Virgin Media, Now TV, Little Mix e Jamie T. Il suo primo cortometraggio “Nest” è stato semifinalista al “Berlin Student Film Festival”, dove è stato nominato per il Premio della Giuria. 

Before moving on to film, Chris worked as an illustrator, often exhibiting in the renowned Los Angeles pop culture art galleries “Hero Complex Gallery” and “Gallery 1988”, producing official artwork for 20th Century Fox, Joss Whedon, Joe Dante and Roger Corman. He later worked as an assistant in the art department for clients such as Virgin Media, Now TV, Little Mix and Jamie T. His first short film “Nest” was a semifinalist at the “Berlin Student Film Festival”, where he was nominated for the Jury Prize.

STEPHEN LUROS HOLLIDAY

Da ragazzo ero appassionato di fumetti. Ho iniziato andando ai corsi di illustrazione di fumetti alla Heron Art School di Indianapolis. È stato solo al college alla School Of The Art Institute di Chicago che ho scoperto il mio amore per la serigrafia. Ho disegnato di tutto, dalle fan art, alle stampe dei film con licenza ufficiale, ai poster dei concerti. 

Il mio lavoro è stato esposto in varie mostre collettive dedicate a vari argomenti cinematografici. Ho lavorato con GalerieF a Chicago, Hero Complex Gallery, Gallery1988 e Creature Features a Los Angeles.

MAX DALTON

Max Dalton, illustratore, pittore e musicista e scrittore occasionale. Crea spesso illustrazioni per poster, libri, riviste, giornali, pubblicità e prodotti.Ha partecipato a molte mostre collettive e personali a New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Arizona, Parigi, Seoul e altro ancora. Il suo lavoro è apparso in molte riviste come The New Yorker, Monocle e O, The Oprah Magazine.

Max Dalton is an illustrator, painter, musician and writer. He often designs for posters, books, magazines, newspapers, advertisements and products. He has participated in many group and solo shows in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, Seoul and elsewhere. His work has appeared in magazines such as The New Yorker, Monocle and O, The Oprah Magazine.

OLIVIER COURBET

Olivier Courbet è un creativo multidisciplinare francese con sede a Los Angeles, California. Lavora con marchi, agenzie, studi cinematografici e startup di tutto il mondo tra cui Dreamworks, Paramount, Disney, Mattel, Will.I.AM e NBA.Ha vinto numerosi premi e il suo lavoro è stato descritto in vari libri e pubblicazioni di design tra cui Computer Arts, Logology, SXSW.

 

LAN LAWSON

Nan Lawson è un’artista e illustratrice con sede a Los Angeles. Si è laureata in regia cinematografica alla Syracuse University, ma dopo la laurea ha perseguito la sua passione per l’illustrazione. Ora ha unito il suo amore per il cinema e l’arte per dedicarsi alla cultura pop e alla locandina. Lavora nell’editoria e nell’industria dell’intrattenimento; crea libri illustrati e copertine di libri, oltre a opere d’arte e manifesti per film e televisione.

Ha lavorato con clienti tra cui Harper Collins, Audible, Random House, Hachette, Amblin Entertainment e Warner Bros.