“Derek Jarman: PROTEST!” 

“Injecting personal and political subject matter into abstract paintings, making films exploring queer themes in Thatcher-era England, going public with his HIV status in the unsympathetic 1980s, purchasing a cottage beside a nuclear power station and cultivating a garden on the rocky terrain— Derek Jarman had an irrepressibly defiant spirit.”

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, November 15, 2019–February 23, 2020; Manchester Art Gallery, April 2–August 31, 2020

Injecting personal and political subject matter into abstract paintings, making films exploring queer themes in Thatcher-era England, going public with his HIV status in the unsympathetic 1980s, purchasing a cottage beside a nuclear power station and cultivating a garden on the rocky terrain— Derek Jarman had an irrepressibly defiant spirit. The Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin offers an expansive presentation of work he produced between 1959 and the year he died, 1994. In addition to the feature films of this auteur who brought us the punk classic Jubilee (1979) and the fanciful biopic Caravaggio (1986), the show presents paintings, set designs, Super 8 films, sculptures, and writing.

Derek Jarman, still from Blue, 1993, Digital Pro res with sound 5.1, dimensions variable. Photo: Liam Daniel. Courtesy and copyright © Basilisk Communications.