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Liliane Lijn

Born 1939, New York.

Liliane Lijn studied Archaeology at the Sorbonne and History of Art at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. Her early drawing based practice developed into an interest in sculptural forms that embrace light and motion, philosophy and science. Her first solo show was held in Paris in 1963 and she moved between Paris, New York and Greece before settling in London in 1966.

Numerous public commissions include Bebington Civic Centre, 1971, Milton Keynes Shopping Arcade, 1979, Birchwood Science Park Warrington, 1982, and Norwich Central Library, 1982. A public commission Light Pyramid was commissioned by MK gallery in collaboration with The Parks Trust in 2012 to serve as a beacon for the area. She was commissioned to make a work for Granary Square at Kings Cross, London in 2021.
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Lijn had a solo show at the Serpentine Gallery in 1976 and was the subject of an Arts Council touring exhibition in 1977. A major exhibition that offered a critical assessment of Liliane Lijn's earlier work was held at the Mead Gallery in January 2005. Her work is found in exhibitions across the world. In 2024 she has a solo show at the Munich House der Kunst and is in group exhibitions at Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge and The Grey Art Museum at New York University.

Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the Arts Council of Great Britain; the British Council; the British Museum; Chicago Institute of Art USA; Government Art Collection UK; Henry Moore Foundation UK; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art US; Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland; McMaster Museum of Art, Ontario, Canada; Musee de la Ville de Paris, France; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of New South Wales, Australia; New York Public Library, USA; Tate Gallery, London; Unilever PLC, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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