Derek Jarman: Brutal Beauty

Serpentine South Gallery 23 Feb — 13 Apr 2008 Free

A Serpentine Gallery survey of the work of Derek Jarman formed the central part of a major season celebrating the life and work of Jarman, the leading British film-maker of his generation.

Derek Jarman: Brutal Beauty highlighted Jarman’s work in film and painting, including his pioneering presentation of the moving image within the gallery context.

Conceived, curated and designed as an immersive environment by the artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien, the exhibition featured several examples of rarely seen films from the Jarman Super-8 archive, shown at the Serpentine for the first time since the 1970s; an installation of Jarman’s film Blue (1993); and a selection of his paintings.

Julien also devised an installation of photographic lightboxes for the exhibition, documenting Jarman’s cottage and garden in Dungeness. The show included the premiere at the Serpentine and on More4 of Derek (shown on a loop at the Serpentine for the duration of the exhibition), a new film about the artist featuring Tilda Swinton and directed by Julien. The Derek Jarman season also saw the launch of the Jarman Award for artist filmmakers, presented by Film London and More4 in partnership with the Serpentine Gallery.

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