Past Exhibitions

Light Years: Liliane Lijn at the Soane

4 November - 26 November 2011


Liliane Lijn, Hanging Gardens of Rock City, collage, 1970, The Trustees of the British Museum, © Liliane Lijn  

In a unique collaboration with the Riflemaker Gallery, Soho, Sir John Soane's Museum is staging the first exhibtion in a national museum of the work of this significant artist. Born in New York and educated in Paris, Lijn has lived in London since 1966 Lijn's work straddles conceptual and sculptural spheres. The works, on show in the historical setting of No. 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, will range from her early architectural, utopian projects through to more recent sculptures that explores space and light - something which heavily influenced Sir John Soane's approach to his architecture.

Liliane Lijn, Essentail Forest, 2011, photography Klaus Wehner

Amongst the works on display will be Lijn’s Floating Gardens of Rock City (1970), where she playfully garlands an image of the skyscrapers of Manhattan with flowers and foliage, her Breathing Tower (1971), an architectural proposal for the Hayward Gallery consisting of a ziggurat-like tower that would use the ebb and flow of the Thames to expand and contract, and the atmospheric In the Valley of Darkness (1973), a grouping of ceremonial pillars capped by prisms that recall the axial geometries of constructivism.  More recent work will include her kinetic light sculpture Poemdrums, which utilise movement and language.

Liliane Lijn, Crystal Clusters, photography Klaus Wehner