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LILIANE LIJN Early Events: Five Narrative Sculptures



Early Events: Five Narrative Sculptures
Curated by Gabriella Daris

Summerhall, Edinburgh

2 August – 24 September 2017
Opening reception: Wednesday 2 August, 6-9PM

In Early Events (1996-2000), Liliane Lijn brings to Summerhall’s 2017 Festival five narrative sculptures, exhibited together for the first time in the UK, that form part of a series in which the artist examines her psyche. Like shards of brilliant glass, Lijn discovers early memories embedded within different parts of her body.

In a recent interview with Gabriella Daris (2017), Lijn stated about Early Events: “I am not simply using fragments of my body as containers for memory. These fragments transform in my imagination to become parts of structures, buildings, landscapes, enclosures and caves. They hide and protect my past but because they are parts of my body, that past is seamlessly connected to my future.”

Liliane Lijn (1939) was born in New York, studied in Paris and lives in London. Internationally exhibited since the 1960’s, her works are held in numerous collections including Tate London, British Museum, V&A and FNAC in Paris. Lijn works across media – kinetic sculpture, film, text, performance and collage – to explore language, mythology and the relationship between light and matter. In 2005, Lijn was ACE NASA, Leonardo Network artist in residence at the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC, Berkeley. In 2013, she was shortlisted for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Recent exhibitions include The Book of the WORD, Helsinki Contemporary (2017); Lines of Flight, Leicester University (2017); Poemdrums and Koans, a solo exhibition at One Canada Square, Canary Wharf (2017); As Above So Below, IMMA (2017); Beat Generation, Centre Pompidou (2016); City Sculpture Projects 1972, Henry Moore Institute (2016); RCM Galerie, Paris (2015); Images Moving Out Onto Space, Tate St Ives (2015); Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language, MOMA, New York (2012).
An illustrated exhibition catalogue, with an essay by Gabriella Daris, will be available at Summerhall.

Watch a preview of the exhibition here.

Liliane Lijn
Early Events: Five Narrative Sculptures


2 August-24 September 2017 11AM-6PM daily

War Memorial Library



Liliane Lijn
Look A Doll! My Mother’s Story 
Film Screening

16 September 2-3:15PM

Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Free, booking essential


Liliane Lijn

In conversation with Monica Bohm-Duchen

Moderated by Gabriella Daris

Panel Discussion and Q&A

16 September 3:30-4:30PM

Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Free, booking essential

1 Summerhall
Edinburgh EH9 1PL


Image credits: Liliane Lijn, Lavender Queen, 2000. Photo by Stephen Weiss. © Liliane Lijn. Courtesy of Liliane Lijn.