Beat Generation

22 June – 3 October 2016

Centre Pompidou, Paris

Three of Liliane Lijn’s Poem Machines will feature in this summer’s major retrospective Beat Generation at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. This exhibition is dedicated to the literary and artistic movement born with William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, who met at New York’s Columbia University in 1944 and exerted an ever-growing influence for the next two decades.

Lijn, who lived in Paris in the late ’50s – early ‘60s, was inspired by Brion Gysin’s cut-up technique and French scientist Augustin-Jean Fresnel’s interference experiments to Letraset poems onto spinning drums. Lijn’s Poem Machines Time Forces Split (1965), Get Rid of Government Time (1962) and never before exhibited Fidel (1964/5), from that period, will be on display.

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