Archive of Author | Liliane Lijn

Liliane Lijn was born in New York in 1939 and studied archaeology at the Sorbonne and Art History at the École du Louvre, Paris (1958). She became an artist in residence in a plastics factory, experimenting with fire and acids and working with light, poetry, movement and liquids between 1961 and 1963, rapidly establishing herself as a leading pioneer and exponent of kinetic art through many international exhibitions.
In 1966 she moved to London. Her initial solo show was at the Hanover Gallery, London, in 1970, the first of many in Britain, Europe and New Zealand. She has featured in numerous group exhibitions in Britain, Europe and Japan, and is represented in important public and private collections in Britain, France, Australia and the United States. Lijn also works to commission, and among her most important public works are ‘White Koan’, University of Warwick (1972); ‘Circle of Light’, Milton Keynes Shopping Centre(1980); ‘Split Spiral Spin’, Birchwood Science Park, Warrington (1980); ‘Carbon Black’, Laboratory of the Government Chemist, Teddington (1988); ‘Argo’, Poole, Dorset (1988); ‘Inner Light’, Prudential Insurance, Reading (1993), ‘Dragon’s Dance’, Marks and Spencer, Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff (1994); and ‘Earth Sea Light’ Koan, Saint Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight (1997).
In 2005, she became the first artist in residence at the Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, where she experimented with Aerogel, a material developed by NASA.
Lijn had a major retrospective exhibition in 2005 at the Mead Gallery, University of Warwick Arts Centre. In 2006, Lijn had a solo show at England & Co: Liliane Lijn: Selected Works 1959-1980 and was featured in the gallery’s 2010 group exhibition Beneath the Radar in 1970s London and in Wandering Lines ii in 2012.
In 2013/14 she was short-listed for her design for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Articles with Liliane Lijn


In between matter and energy

The first woman artist to work with kinetic text, exploring both light and text as early as 1962, and internationally recognised for pioneering the interaction of art, science, technology, eastern philosophy and female mythology, Liliane Lijn’s interests cover a wide area. Her work transmutes traditional materials into new and vibrant elements by juxtaposing them with new technologies. In this exclusive interview she discusses her ideas, her work and artistic processes