The Beat Generation is moving to the ZKM

”  The ZKM | Karlsruhe will be the second stage of the Beat Generation exhibition (Nov 26 – Apr 30, 2017) after the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In the last few years, the ZKM has dedicated a number of major exhibitions to the leading figures of the Beat Generation, such as William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg (above right with Peter Orlovsky, Paris, Saint Germain, 1956 – Photo by Harold Chapman). In this new exhibition, an overview of the literary and artistic movement, which was created at the end of the 1940s, will now be provided for the first time. If “beatniks” were viewed back then as subversive rebels, they are now perceived as actors in one of the most important cultural directions of the 20th century.”


©Harold Chapman, William S. Burroughs in his room at the Beat Hotel ~1960

©Harold Chapman, William S. Burroughs in his room at the Beat Hotel, Paris ~1960




This exhibition is organized by the Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, in collaboration with ZKM | Center for Art and Media.


The OMC Gallery is proud to offer a very large selection of photographs (period and modern prints) by Harold Chapman (signed). If you’re interested in buying, contact us at

Interested in books about Harold Chapman’s “Beat Generation” oeuvre? Find here:

OUT OF PRINT – BEATS A PARIS, 132 pp.; HB black.w/blue; NEW! fine condition w/clean, tight pages. with Dust Cover NEW! fine condition. Title trans: “Beats in Paris: Paris and the Poets of the Beat Generation 1957-1963” Harold Chapman’s capture of Paris in the 50s/60s, including the ‘Beat Hotel’, in which icons of the Beat Generation, including Allen Ginsberg & William Burroughs got together. In German. B/W photos throughout. Comes with English translation as separate insert. Price $49 + shipping


Paris and the Poets of the Beat Generation 1957 - 1963

Harold Chapman – Paris and the Poets of the Beat Generation 1957 – 1963


The Beat Hotel by Harold Chapman

THE BEAT HOTEL by Harold Chapman – Out of Print – Paperback. Used copy in very good condition (Cover not at all as faded as image above), signed by Harold Chapman! Price: on request only. Please contact us at



Centre Pompidou – Celebrating the Beats

Harold Chapman, Self-Portrait in room of the Beat Hotel, Paris, late 1950s (courtesy of The OMC Gallery)

Check out what James Campbell has to say in The Guardian, about a new exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and a pivotal moment in cultural history: The time when  in the late 50s the Beat movement reached its high point, with Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs, Corso and Gysin sharing rooms in a rundown hotel near the Seine.

“It was at the Beat Hotel in 1959 that the dishevelled “routines” of William S Burroughs were shuffled into some kind of shape by Ginsberg, Sinclair Beiles and others – a random shape, according to Burroughs himself – before being brought to the proprietor of Olympia, Maurice Girodias. Four or five weeks later, Naked Lunch, with a now rare dust jacket designed by the author and many misprints committed by non-English-reading compositors (fortunately, given the content), was in the few shops willing to stock it. The cut-up technique, which Burroughs used to produce his next two novels, The Soft Machine and The Ticket That Exploded – also published by Olympia – was accidentally revealed to his regular collaborator Brion Gysin at the Beat Hotel. Gysin’s original cut-up weapon, a Stanley knife, is on display, as is Burroughs’s vintage Underwood typewriter and an adding machine of the kind refined by his grandfather, also William S Burroughs, which brought the family status and wealth at the end of the 19th century. It was in Paris that Ginsberg began writing “Kaddish”, his greatest poem, and it was from here that Gregory Corso sent the poems for his collection Gasoline to City Lights Books in San Francisco. “He’s probably the greatest poet in America”, Ginsberg wrote in a preface, “and he’s starving in Europe.” Starving at the Beat Hotel, to be precise, where Corso lived in a room almost too small to stand up in, as we see from one of the many photographs by the English photographer Harold Chapman.

James Campbell

Out of print item – Photo Documentary Book about the Beat Hotel by Harold Chapman

The Beat Hotel by Harold Chapman













Still available in German with an English text inlay: Harold Chapman – The Beats A Paris – Paris and the Poets of the Beat generation 1957 – 1963

Paris and the Poets of the Beat Generation 1957 - 1963

Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg ( Title Page from Paris and the Poets of the Beat Generation 1957 – 1963 )


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