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Judging Shaw

George Bernard Shaw was the most famous Irishman in the world for much of his life – yet, for many, he is now largely forgotten. Shaw was the first person ever to win a Nobel Prize and an Oscar. On the night Shaw died, Broadway and Times Square dimmed their lights in his honour. With his passionate interest in social justice and poverty, in human rights, in public discourse and in entertainment, he was a man with much to say to our times. He was a master of self-invention, a nobody who captured the zeitgeist and one of the first private individuals to understand fully how to generate and how to use global fame. Based on the book Judging Shaw by Fintan O’Toole, this exhibition intends to inspire fresh interest in Shaw’s life, work and legacy.