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Samuel Beckett, Not I, 1975, black-and-white film in 16 mm, 13 minutes. Installation view.

Samuel Beckett

Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC)

Samuel Beckett, Not I, 1975, black-and-white film in 16 mm, 13 minutes. Installation view.

Samuel Beckett’s prodigious literary work today seems like a monument to the mistrust of the word as a means of communication. This exhibition, titled “Beckett Films,” was perfectly suited to the monastic atmosphere of the galleries of the Monasterio de Santa María de las Cuevas (known as the Cartuja), seat of the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo. It also perfectly demonstrated the failure—or triumph, depending—of Beckett’s ideas. From the pioneer piece Film, produced in 1964, to the version for German television of his final work, Was wo (What Where, 1985) originally conceived as a play and produced just a few years before Beckett’s death, the works shown here exuded austerity, darkness, and solitude—terms apparently alien to our brazen contemporary world infested by noise and the mass media. In this sense, it could be said that the ideas that Beckett held dear

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