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Set model - Don Giovanni
  • Don Giovanni
    Jarman, Derek, born 1942 - died 1994
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Don Giovanni

  • Object:

    Set model

  • Place of origin:

    London (designed)

  • Date:

    1968 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jarman, Derek, born 1942 - died 1994 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, paint, glue and paper.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Keith Collins

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Theatre & Performance, Room 104, case 14, shelf TOP

Though best known as the director of innovative and controversial films, Derek Jarman (1942-1994) trained as a painter at the Slade School of Art, developing a non-figurative, linear style. An exhibition of his work was brought to the attention of choreographer Frederick Ashton, who asked Jarman to design the ballet, Jazz Calendar (Royal Opera House, 1968), and this in turn led to a commission to create sets and costumes for a new production of Don Giovanni by Sadler's Wells Opera later in the same year. The production, directed by John Gielgud, opened the company's new base at the London Coliseum.

Jarman produced severely geometric settings, with large pyramids, cones and blocks which could be moved to suggestion the opera's different locations. His designs reflected his interest in architecture and garden design, with obelisks, terraces, and towering green monoliths representing the hedges in a stylised formal garden, and were influenced by the work of Paul Nash and de Chirico. Interviewed by the Sunday Times (18 August 1968), Jarman spoke of his dislike of 'unnecessary detail, which blurs the outlines of sets and costumes'.

Physical description

Rectangular wooden base with painted edges and marbled paper glued on top, with three steps going up at each up-stage corner. On top of this are four triangular wooden columns painted light green; three black painted wooden triangular panels; three triangular pedestals covered with marbled paper, on top of which are tall three-sided pyramids of black card; two large and one small three-sided black card pyramids emerge from the floor and one triangular black column also rises from the floor. There is also a small white sphere and a large black sphere on the base, a white cylinder on its side, a light green cone and two cubes of black marbled paper, one of which is sitting on one of its corners.

Place of Origin

London (designed)


1968 (designed)


Jarman, Derek, born 1942 - died 1994 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Wood, paint, glue and paper.


Height: 34.5 cm, Width: 61 cm, Depth: 46 cm

Descriptive line

Set model for Sadler's Wells Opera's 1968 production of Don Giovanni, designed by Derek Jarman.


Wood; Paint; Glue; Paper




Entertainment & Leisure; Gender and Sexuality


Theatre and Performance Collection

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