For over six decades, Liliane Lijn (b. 1939, New York, USA) has focused on the inter­section of visual art, literature, and scientific thought, creating an extensive array of works that include sculpture, site-specific installations, paintings, and moving images. Her body of work reveals a connection with Surrealist ideas, ancient mythologies, and feminist, scientific, and linguistic thought. A key focus of Lijn is considering how to visualise the invisible, using the latest materials and experimenting with reflection, motion, and light, as she explained, she wanted to “see the world in terms of light and energy". She conducted research into invisibility, using and exploring the visualisation of electronic waves, forces, vibration, light, and sound. As Lijn noted, “I wanted people to see sound”. 

The exhibition at Haus der Kunst is Lijn’s first institutional solo exhibition of this scale, presenting her painting, drawing, sculptural, film work, and installations. The show centres on her sculptural works from the 1980s, as well as a survey of her oeuvre, showing works from the late 1950s and today. Influenced by the second wave of feminism and her own experiences as a woman, Lijn became increasingly focused on the human form and the female body. In her sculptures from the 1980s, Lijn presents futuristic and female archetypes, part machine, part animal, and part plant, constructed from soft feather dusters, synthetic fibers, and industrial materials such as piano wire, steel, and optical glass prisms. These works reflect her on­going exploration of a new, feminine form.

The exhibition is developed in cooperation with the mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien. In conjunction with the exhibition, a monograph on Liliane Lijn will be co-published with mumok.

Curated by Emma Enderby with Teresa Retzer.

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