Derek Jarman Black Paintings at Trondheim Art Museum
Images from the exhibition of Derek Jarman's Black Paintings, currently on show at Trondheim Art Museum. Encrusted with layers of found objects, many symbolic in nature, and bejewelled with seeds and tiny fragments of broken glass, these works are totemic, intimate, powerfully eloquent on themes of suffering and despair, but at the same time a celebration of creativity itself and a kind of running commentary on Jarman's life, work and his critical position with regard to British society and the Establishment. It is a sensitively installed exhibition that allows the viewer time and space to get close to the works. The Museum continues its run of good exhibitions, in addition to the Derek Jarman display they have an excellent show by Albanian artist Adrian Paci, including an epic HD film "The Column", and another in their series of artist interventions in the collection, this time by Ane Mette Hol. It's unfortunate for the museum and for the contemporary art scene in the city that director Pontus Kyander is about to depart - he has done an excellent job of lifting the institution's profile and invigorating its curatorial programme.