The Beat Generation at the Centre Pompidou

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The Beat Generation at the Centre Pompidou
© L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, NYC
John Cohen: Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie, Gregory Corso, 1959

Explore the rich cultural legacy of an iconic movement with deep Paris roots.

The Beat Generation inspired a literary and artistic movement that remains iconic to this day. Starting out in the United States in the 1950s, writers and poets like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg took their crusade against the conventional life around the world but it was Paris that became their creative laboratory.

From June 22 to October 3 the Centre Pompidou celebrates this particular period in literary history with a multidisciplinary exhibition that embraces the nomadic spirit of the Beat Generation, tracing their stories from New York to Paris, Mexico to Tangier. Through photographs, films and music, the event details the Beat Generation’s whirlwind lives and rich cultural legacy, making it a must-see for the summer.

By: Maria Thomas

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