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An important figure in gay activism as well as a director and writer, Derek Jarman: Pandemonium draws from all aspects of his life, and includes rare insights into his psyche and creative process through sketchbook diaries he kept while working on his film and writing projects...

Burning the Pyramids (Art of Mirrors),
Derek Jarman 1970-73,
© LUMA Foundation

Derek Jarman was one of King’s College London‘s most controversial alumni of the late 20th Century, studying humanities there in the early 1960s before becoming a cult film-maker. The college’s Cultural Institute is honouring the late artist with a retrospective exhibition marking the two decade anniversary of his death from an HIV-related illness in 1994. An important figure in gay activism as well as a director and writer, Derek Jarman: Pandemonium draws from all aspects of his life, and includes rare insights into his psyche and creative process through sketchbook diaries he kept while working on his film and writing projects.

These intimate and multifaceted sketchbooks have resided in the British Film Institute archives since Jarman gifted them in 1990 when he was made a BFI Fellow. Not just diaristic, the books were often hand-made by Jarman and their contents – including found items, sketches and poetry – document the influences he absorbed, and how they translated into his creative output. Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks is a collation of the most interesting material from this rarely-seen archive, published by Thames and Hudson.

Derek Jarman: Pandemonium runs from 23 January to 9 March at The Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing.

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Derek Jarman — Pandemonium

1987 ‘The Last of England’,
30.5 x 30.5 cm (12 x 12 in).
Derek Jarman
Special Collection,
BFI National Archive, item 13

Derek Jarman — Pandemonium

Derek Jarman
© Ray Dean

Derek Jarman — Pandemonium

1988 ‘The Fifth Quarter of the Globe’,
30.5 x 30.5cm (12 x 12 in).
Derek Jarman
Special Collection,
BFI National Archive, item 22

Derek Jarman — Pandemonium

1965, Untitled,
25.4 x 15.2 cm (10 x 6 in)
On this postcard of actress Miss Kitty Malone, Jarman translates
the serpentine look of the female figure into a line.
Derek Jarman Special Collection,
BFI National Archive, box 49, item 1

Derek Jarman — Pandemonium

Studio Bankside,
Derek Jarman, 1973-74,
© LUMA Foundation

Derek Jarman — Pandemonium

1991, ‘Queer’,
30.5 x 30.5cm (12 x 12 in).
Private Collection

Derek Jarman — Pandemonium

Derek Jarman
© Ray Dean

Derek Jarman: Pandemonium
23 January – 9 March 2014
Open daily 12.00-18.00 (until 20.00 on Thursdays)
Cultural Institute at King’s, Inigo Rooms, Somerset House

Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks
is published by Thames & Hudson.
Artwork © 2013
The Estate of Derek Jarman

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