Samuel Beckett, ca. 1920.


Samuel Beckett

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
March 14–June 25

Curated by Marianne Alphant and Nathalie Léger

This exhibition, curated by Marianne Alphant and Nathalie Léger and co-organized by the Pompidou and the Institut Mémoires de l’Édition Contemporaine, comes a year after the Beckett centennial, but perhaps it is proper that the author of Waiting for Godot should be celebrated a little late. In any case, the master of concision is getting an event of extravagant scale. The show is part history—with manuscripts, letters, photographs, and so on—and part art, by artists ranging from Jack B. Yeats (W. B.’s brother) and the eminently Beckettian Alberto Giacometti to Bruce Nauman, Jasper Johns, and Giuseppe Penone. Jérôme Combier, Pascale Bouhénic, Stan Douglas, and Alain Fleischer will present works commissioned for the occasion, and the catalogue promises contributions from more than twenty artists and writers, including Paul Auster, Georges Didi-Huberman, and Robert Ryman.