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Liliane Lijn

Liliane Lijn was born in New York in 1939, educated in Europe and has lived in London since 1966. She is a leading pioneer and exponent of kinetic art who in her work has experimented with light, movement, words, film, liquids and industrial materials. Lijn has exhibited internationally and had a major retrospective exhibition in 2005 at the Mead Gallery, University of Warwick Arts Centre. In 2006, Lijn had a solo show at England & Co: Liliane Lijn: Selected Works 1959-1980 and was featured in the gallery's 2010 group exhibition Beneath the Radar in 1970s London and in Wandering Lines ii in 2012. An England & Co publication to accompany Lijn's exhibition was designed in homage to the newsbulletins produced by Signals gallery in London in the 1960s, and copies are available for sale from the gallery.

Lijn was recently short-listed for her design for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

 Drawings & works on paper   Prints   


Liquid Koan - Details

Liquid Koan 2003

Translucent resins
Height 12 inches, base diameter 4.75 inches, top diameter 0.4 inches


Published in an edition of 30 by the Multiple Store.

Anti-Gravity Koan - Details

Anti-Gravity Koan 2005

Fibreglass and Perspex cone
30 x 19 (diameter) inches on a motorised turntable


Photographed at England & Co 2006.

Private collection

Waveguide - Details

Waveguide Counterpoint in 15 Parts (detail) c 1977

15 aluminium tubes wound with .006-inch copper wire, rotating
at 3 rpm; supporting structure steel and reject 'waveguide' parts
Overall 131 x 34.5 x 16 inches


Installation at England & Co 2006.

See-Thru Koans - Details

See-Thru Koans c 1969-75

Front cone shown in detail: Fibreglass and Perspex (1972)
24.5 inches x 16 diameter on a motorised turntable


Exhibited England & Co 2006.

Koancuts - Details

Koancuts c 1972

Perspex and stainless steel wire
13 x 8 x 1.5 inches


Private collection

Liquid Reflections - Details

Liquid Reflections 1968

41-inch diameter Perspex drum containing water and liquid paraffin;
15-inch diameter motorised turntable; 4.5-inch and 4-inch diameter acrylic balls; 16-inch high, 12v 35w spotlight


Installation at England & Co 2006.

Liquid Reflections - Details

Liquid Reflections Multiple 1968

18-inch diameter Perspex drum containing water and liquid paraffin with acrylic balls on a motorised turntable and 12v 35w spotlight

  Installation at London Art Fair 2008. Private collection.

Poemcone E=mc2 - Details

Poemcone E=mc2 1968

Letraset on Perspex cone 15 inches high x 10 inches diameter
Poem collaboration: Liliane Lijn and Nazli Nour


Exhibited England & Co 2006.

Poemcones - Details

Poemcones 1965-68

From left: Protons Are Positive (1968), Act As Atom (1966), E=mc2 (1968) and ABC Cone (1965)


Installation at England & Co 2006.

La Madeleine - Details

La Madeleine (Poem Machine) 1964/2004

Collage postcards of Eglise de la Madeleine and La Bourse
on Bakelite cylinder, and discs, brass rods, 30rpm motor
6.5 x 7.5 x 6.5 inches


Exhibited England & Co 2006.

Beyond Images - Details

Beyond Images (Poem Machine) 1963-64

Letraset on painted wood cylinder, roller-bearings, wood shaft, wood base. 10 x 3 inches diameter without base; 11 x 9 x 6.5 inches with base (made in 1993). Nine words selected by the artist from a nine-page poem by George Andrews


Exhibited England & Co 2006.
Private collection.

Young Universe - Details

Young Universe (Poem Machine) c 1962

Letraset on painted metal drum, painted wood case, motor
16 x 19.5 x 11 inches


Exhibited England & Co 2006.

Echo-Lights - Details

Echo-Lights 1962-63

Polymer lenses on painted Perspex block 15.75 x 23.5 x 2.75 inches
Projector with motorised turning lens in metal box, wood base
9 x 5.5 x 6.5 inches


Installation at England & Co 2006.