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September 2022

“Let us do something, while we have the chance.” The origins of Reading’s Samuel Beckett collection

27 September 2022 @ 9:00 am - 13 January 2023 @ 5:00 pm
University of Reading Library, Pepper Lane, Whiteknights Reading RG6 6EB + Google Map
Opening of Beckett exhibition in 1971, MS 5305

In 1971, the University of Reading Library hosted an exhibition to honour the work of Samuel Beckett, who had won the Nobel Prize for Literature two years earlier. By the following year, Reading was home to a significant Beckett archive (now the largest in the world), had toured the exhibition nationally and internationally, and had welcomed many leading Beckett scholars to the University. From a standing start, a remarkable and enduring collaboration between creators, academics, librarians and archivists had taken…

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October 2022

“A glimpse of the surface”: Samuel Beckett and Avigdor Arikha

4 October 2022 @ 9:00 am - 27 January 2023 @ 5:00 pm
The Museum of English Rural Life, The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road Reading Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom + Google Map
Samuel Beckett by Avigdor Arikha, © NationalPortrait Gallery, London.

The work of the artist Avigdor Arikha (1929-2010) was much admired by his friend Samuel Beckett. In an introduction to a book of Arikha's drawings, to which Beckett contributed two poems, Beckett described his admiration as "unceasing". For his part Arikha, whose obituary named him "perhaps the best painter from life in the last decades of the 20th century", produced several series of illustrations to accompany editions of Beckett's work.  This display celebrates not only their friendship and collaboration, but…

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