One of the most influential figures in 20th century British culture, Derek Jarman is the subject of a major retrospective starting next April at the Manchester Art Gallery. Titled ‘PROTEST!’, it captures Jarman’s engagement with both art and society. There have been celebrations of his work in the past but this is the first in over 20 years that focusses on all areas of his artistic practice. Jarman was not merely a renowned filmmaker but also a painter, writer, set designer, and even a gardener. Befitting the title, the exhibition will also centre on his activism, which was concerned with supporting gay rights and personal freedoms in light of the AIDS crisis. Major art pieces, including moving image works from throughout his career will be on display – several of which were previously unknown. The exhibition is currently on at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, where it has received rave reviews. See it in Manchester when it opens on April 02 2020.

Thu 2 Apr - Mon 31 Aug, Manchester Art Gallery,
Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL
, Tel: 0161 235 8888, FREE, 10am-5pm
www.manchesterartgallery.org
Words:
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Tue 10 Dec 2019