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Pandemonium @ Inigo Rooms, Somerset House

A perfect introduction to Derek Jarman...



As the capital is overrun with celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of Derek Jarman’s death, this small but perfectly formed exhibition is a great introduction to the multi-disciplinary artist. It showcases an eclectic mix of ephemera from his work and life.

Punctuated by slate coloured slabs introducing each room, and flagged by the circles, triangles and alchemy-inspired symbols that infused his work, you’re soundtracked and taken through beguiling but tantalisingly brief snippets.

Our favourite room was dedicated to the curiosities from Andrew Logan’s Miss World, including score sheets. Contestants such as Miss Hackney and Miss Ogyny were marked on things like originality and poise (they both faired badly in the latter).

Jarman won the 1975 contest as a well-hung Miss Crepe Suzette. It makes you wonder which show-offs of the current London scene will be commemorated in decades to come. Fingers crossed, Woo.

The final room has five screens simultaneously screening The Last of England, should you have a spare afternoon to invest.

Admission is free, from 23 January - 9 March, Inigo Rooms, East Wing, Somerset House, London,
Pandemonium

Picture: Ray Dean

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