Derek Jarman

Moving Pictures of a Painter

Month: January 2014

King’s College London’s chapel:
24 hours installation by Neil Bartlett

On the 31th January 2014 in King’s College London’s chapel is the All-night party-vigil in celebration of Derek Jarman’s work 20 years after his death, made by Neil Bartlett.

He is taking over the college chapel for 24 hours and adding a temporary monument to the marble and stained glass testaments to the great and the good that line the college chapel’s walls. He is using some of Jarman’s favourite materials: dark, light, silence and film. For 24 hours the chapel will house a continuous, free screening of his film The Angelic Conversation, 1985. But this is not the only thing what will be happening for Jarman’s 20th anniversary. There will be conversations, conferences, lectures – and trips to his famous garden. After 20 years, it is time to celebrate what he did. And time, perhaps, to stay up late one night, and wonder where all that energy went, and where it might provoke or inspire us to go next.

Neil Bartlett is an author and theatre-maker with a long and distinguished record of making innovative work. He has made work for (amongst others) Artangel, the Manchester International Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Brighton Festival, the National Theatre and Duckie. He worked with Derek Jarman on his controversial installation at the Third Eye Centre in Glasgow in 1989. His own previous installation and site-specific works include A Vision of Love Revealed In Sleep (in collaboration with Robin Whitmore) at Butlers Wharf (1988), The Seven Sacraments of Nicolas Poussin (also with Whitmore) at the London Hospital and Southwark Cathedral (1998) and The Book of Numbers, a queer monologue for the pulpit of Westminster Abbey (2011).

For more information on the 20th anniversary of Derek Jarman’s death you can find on this link and more about Neil Bertlett and his exhibition in the King’s College London’s chapel on this link.

Almost Bliss: Notes on Derek Jarman’s Blue

If you are in any way between 29th January and 15th March in London, you should pay a visit to the CHELSEA space for the Exhibition named Almost Bliss: Notes on Derek Jarman’s Blue curated by Donald Smith.  If you are interested in a private view, there is a chance on 28th January between 6 and 8.30pm.

Almost Bliss is a contemplation on the filmmaker, artist, writer and activist Derek Jarman. This installation focuses on a set of Jarman’s hand painted and carefully written notebooks and giving insight into the artist’s creative thinking towards his late film work, Blue. The exhibition makes reference to two earlier installations linked to Jarman: the first one by Mark Wallinger in 1994 and the another one by Peter Fillingham with Keith Collins in 1999.

More about the exhibition on this link.

Derek Jarman – Black Paintings

The exibition Derek Jarman – Black Paintings is between 25th January and 16th March 2014 on show at Trondheim Art Museum.

The Black Paintings are paintings made by Jarman at his house “Prospect Cottage” near the  beach in Dungeness, Kent. They are produced by the material and objects found on the beach and were all made on canvas and gold ground. The paintings express his despair and his struggle agains the aids infection eating his body from inside, but also carry reflections on religion and human existence, and often reveal a poetic sense of humour.

For the information please visit the website of the Trondheim kunstmuseum.