The exhibition Beckett Was Here opens at Hamburg’s Westwerk art space with an evening reception on 26 May, and will be on display until 11 June.
In 1936 Samuel Beckett spent nine weeks in Hamburg, partly as a diversion from his rather monotonous work as a Literature and German Language Professor at Dublin’s Trinity College. A connoisseur of European art history, the Irish writer recorded his impressions in two diary notebooks – observing daily life, rating meals and points of interest, making notes about conversations, and devotedly studying the city’s works of art. In these records, the rule of the Nazi regime features merely as a vague sense of unease.
The exhibition encompasses works by Hamburg-based artists who have previously shown to be inspired by a cross-connection of visual art, literature and the theatre. The selected artists, who range from established professionals to young students, were invited to provide or create artworks based on quotes taken from Beckett’s German Diaries and letters from his time in Hamburg.
The participating artists are Nicolas Anatol Baginsky, Michael Baltzer/Petra Schoenewald, Thorsten Brinkmann, DurBahn, Jochen Flinzer, Hartmut Gerbsch, Kasia Kandel, Jan Köchermann, Christiane Paul Krenkler, Christopher Loy, Johanna Lucht, Julia Malgut, Carsten Rabe, Maximilian Schuch, Johann Walther Seidensticker and Sabine Siegfried.
Opening times: Tue – Fri (16.00–19.00), Sat + Sun (13.00–16.00)
For further details visit Westwerk