Lijn Liliane


1939 Born in New York City

1958 Studied Archaeology at the Sorbonne and Art History at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris

1966 Made London her base

1976 Alecto Award at Bradford International Print Biennale

1982 Arts Council England Grant towards the publication of Crossing Map

1983 Publication of Crossing Map, Thames and Hudson Ltd.

1997 LFVPA (London Film) Production Award

1999 Performing Arts Residency

2005 Arts Council England International Fellowship in partnership with NASA and Leonardo Network: Artist in Residence at the Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley

2005 Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters from University of Warwick

2006/7 Arts Council England and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Partnership Award

2010 Culture Lab Residency, Newcastle University


2016 Spinning Dolls, Il Museo della Canapa, Sant’Anatolia di Narco, Italy

2013 Crossing Map, with Sharon Gal, Resonance FM Jerwood Commission

Fourth Plinth (shortlisted), London

Peace Koans, Este, Italy

2012 Light Pyramid, Belvedere, Campbell Park, Milton Keynes

Solar Beacon, Art and Science collaboration in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. University California Berkeley

2011 Power Game Online, Resonance FM and The Jerwood Foundation

2005 Starslide, Evelina Children's Hospital, London

2003 Inner Light III, St. Thomas' Hospital, London 


Liliane Lijn has exhibited internationally since 1962. Recent exhibitions include:

2016 Beat Generation, Pompidou Centre, Paris

A Lesson in Sculpture with John Latham, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

Out There: Our Post-War Public Art, Historic England, Somerset House, London

2015 Liliane Lijn, RCM Gallery, Paris, France (solo)

Images Moving Out Onto Space, Tate St. Ives

2014 Republic of the Moon, curated by The Arts Catalyst, Bargehouse, London

Woad- Out of the Blue, Musee de Picardie, Amiens

2013 Earth Body Art, Museo Civico di Santa Croce, Umbertide, Italy (solo)

Fourth Plinth Commission Shortlist, St Martins-in-the-Field, London.

2012 Cosmic Dramas, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough (solo)

Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language, MoMA, New York

Art & Science, Weizmann Institute, Tel Aviv

Mobile Immobile, Musée De Picardie, Amiens

2011 Light Years, The Sir John Soane Museum and Riflemaker Gallery, London (solo)

Gallery One, New Vision Centre, Signals and Indica, Tate Britain, London

United Enemies: The Problem of Sculpture in the 1960’s and 1970’s Britain, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

Republic of the Moon, curated by The Arts Catalyst, Fact, Liverpool

2010 AV Festival 10: Energy, All Art is, is rhythm, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle

2009 Space-Time, National Glass Centre, Sunderland Poor. Old. Tired. Horse., ICA, London

2008 Stardust, Riflemaker Gallery, London (solo)

2007 Recent Acquisitions Part II, British Museum, London

2006 Liliane Lijn: Selected Works 1959-2005, Austin Desmond Fine Art, London (solo)

Liliane Lijn: Selected Works 1959-80, England Gallery, London (solo)

60: Sixty Years of Sculpture in the Arts Council Collection, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

2005 Liliane Lijn: Works 1959 – 80, Mead Gallery, Coventry; Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham (solo)

2004 Andata e Ritorno: Artiste Contemporanee Tra Europa e USA, Palazzo Bonacossi, Ferrara

Art and the Sixties: This was Tomorrow, Tate Britain, London; Gas Hall, Birmingham.

2002 Liliane Lijn: Light and Memory, La Rocca, Centro d’Arte Contemporaneo, Umbertide (solo)



2016 Power Game, Power of Power Festival, South Bank Centre, London

2013 Look a Doll!, New Hall, Cambridge

2012 The Limits of Seeing – Film Programme, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge Liliane Lijn: A Selected History, Spectacle Theatre, New York

2011 Faster Than Birds, Smile for London, London Underground

2010 Inner Space Outer Space at Tyneside Cinema as part of AV Festival, Newcastle Power Game presented at Temps d'Images Film Award, Lisbon, Portugal

2008 Let There Be Light, The Imagine Series, BBC

2005 Liliane Lijn, The Eye Series, Illuminations

Describing Form, Lux Touring Project, Henry Moore Institute; Tate Britain, London


Aberdeen Art Gallery

American College of Greece, Athens

Art Institute of Chicago

Arts Council of Great Britain

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

Bradford Art Galleries and Museums

The British Council

The British Museum

Camden Public Library, London

Castle Museum, Nottingham

Chicago Institute

Fonds Nationale d’Art Contemporain, Paris

Glasgow Museum, Kelvingrove

Government Art Collection, LondGraves Art Gallery, Sheffield

Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection

Kunstmuseum, Bern

Leeds City Art Gallery, UK

McMaster Museum of Art, Toronto

Musée de la Ville de Paris

Museum ModernArt, New York

Museum of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

New Hall, Cambridge, UK

New York Public Library

Northampton Museum, UK

Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario

Rutherston Collection, City Art Gallery, Manchester

Saint Thomas’ Hospital, London

Tate Gallery, London

Unilever PLC, London

University of Warwick, Coventry

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Wellesley College Library, Mass., USA