Lin Tianmiao

China 1961

Installation, Sculpture

Lin Tianmiao
Lin Tianmiao
February 11, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Lin Tianmiao, born in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province in 1961, is one of the first female artists from China to achieve international recognition. Through her use of everyday objects, she explores the relationship of tradition and modernization.

During the 1980s, Lin studied in the Fine Art Department of the Capital Normal University in Beijing and got her BFA in 1984. Following her studies, she moved to New York with her husband Wang Gongxin, a celebrated video artist. They returned to China in 1995, where they now reside. Early in her career, Lin worked as a successful textile designer, later translating her experience along with the crafts of weaving, sewing, and embroidery into her practice as a visual artist.

Best known for her installations, such as The Proliferation of Thread Winding, 1995, consisting of a bed of needles linked to individually hand-wrapped balls of white cotton thread, with a monitor depicting the artist’s painstaking handicraft laid beneath a sheer pillowcase, Lin also works in sculpture, photography, video, and a variety of other media. Like The Proliferation of Thread Winding, much of her work addresses women’s issues. Lin links thread and the activity of binding and weaving to the female experience and her Chinese background, but the final result evokes a shared human experience for the viewer, regardless of gender, race, or nationality. Conceptual and obsessed with the intricately hand-made, Lin’s work operates within numerous dichotomies such as the private vs. public, personal vs. cultural, male vs. female, natural vs. unnatural, remembered past vs. lived present. Through the use of common materials and the transformation of quotidian objects, Lin evokes personal interpretations for each viewer while maintaining a universally recognized experience.

Since the mid-1990s, her works have been included in every major international museum show on Chinese contemporary art, as well as in many solo and group exhibitions in Beijing, Shangai, San Francisco, Paris and New York, among others. In 2001 she co-founded the Loft New Media Art Center. She had a 2006 residency at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute where she experimented with paper media and printmaking.

Lin currently lives and works in Beijing, China.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Drawings & Works on PaperGalerie Lelong, New York, New Yorkgroup
2014Ichihara Art Mix 2014Ichihara Lakeside Museum, Ichihara, Japangroup
2014ThreadsMuseum Arnhem, Arnhem, Netherlandsgroup
2013Est-ce permis? (Est-ce possible?)Galerie Lelong, Paris, Francesolo
2013Breakthrough: Work by Contemporary Chinese Women ArtistsBowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Mainegroup
2013Fiber Visions, Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber ArtZhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, Chinagroup
2013Women In-Between: Asian Women Artists1984-2012Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Art, Tochigi Prefectural, Japangroup
2013Esprit DiorMuseum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai, Chinagroup
2013Animate-InanimateTarrawarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Australiagroup
2013California-Pacific TriennialOrange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, Californiagroup
2013Summer ExposureGalerie Lelong, New York, New Yorkgroup
2013Hot Pot: A Taste of Chinese Contemporary ArtBrattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, Vermontgroup
2012Galerie LelongNew York, New Yorksolo
2012Bound UnboundAsia Society Museum, New York, New Yorksolo
2011The SameBeijing Center for the Arts, Beijing, Chinasolo
2011The Constructed Dimension-2010 Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational ExhibitionNational Art Museum of China, Beijing, Chinasolo
2011Audi A5 Popcorn: The art of Lin TianmiaoAudi Art Design Award Openning, Beijing, Chinasolo
2011The Couple ShowShanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, Chinagroup
2011Louise Bourgeois & A Tribute to Louise Bourgeois: Lin TianmiaoJames Cohan Gallery, Shanghai, Chinagroup
2011On Stage. The Art of Beijing OperaBasel Museum of Cultures, Basel, Switzerlandgroup
2010Self – Image: Woman art in China (1920 - 2010)CAFA Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, Chinagroup
2010Light from LightMAAP, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australiagroup
2010Shanghai LibraryShanghai, Chinagroup
2010The Constructed Dimension-2010 Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational ExhibitionNational Art Museum of China, Beijing, Chinagroup
2010Audi Art & Design Award Opening, PopcornBeijing, Chinagroup
2010The State of Things-Beijing-BrusselsNational Art Museum of China, Beijing, Chinagroup
2009Gazing Back, ShangHai Pujiang OCT ten year public art project 2009Shanghai, Chinasolo
2009JUNGLE- A Close-up Focus on Chinese Contemporary Art Trends, N ChoicesPlatform China, Beijing, Chinagroup
2009Over Six Hundred ChoicesArrow Factory, Beijing, Chinagroup
2009Art In Use: Sculptural ObjectsHong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, Chinagroup
2009Metropolis Now, A Selection of Chinese Contemparary ArtMeridian International Center, Washington
2009The State of Things-Brussels-BeijingCentre for Fine Art Brussels, Belgium, group
2008Mother’s Long March SpaceBeijing, Chinasolo
2008Focus’ Works on paperLong March Space, Beijing, Chinasolo
2008Lin TianmiaoJGM Gallery, Paris, Francesolo
2008Four Season Group ExhibitionZhe Jiang Academy of Art, Hong Zhou, Chinagroup
2008Half Life of a Dream: Contempoary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection GroupSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, Californiagroup
2008Where are we? Tian An Time Art CenterBeijing, Chinagroup
2008Beijing – Athens: Contemporary Art from ChinaGrace National Contemporary Art Center, Grace, group
2008Our Future - The Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation CollectionUCCA, Beijing, Chinagroup
2007Focus on PaperSingapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore, solo
2007Seeing ShadowArt and Public Gallery, Geneva, Switzerlandsolo
2007Lin Tianmiao’s solo showLoft Gallery, Paris, Francesolo
2007Multiplex: Direction in Art1970 to Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New Yorkgroup
2007Global FeminismBrooklyn Museum, New York, New Yorkgroup
2006Asian Contemporary Art In Print in Celebration of Asia Society’s 50th AnniversaryAsia Society and Museum, New York, New Yorkgroup
2006Asian Contemporary Art In PrintThe Gallery of Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore, group
2006Martell Artist of The Year 2006National Gallery of China, Beijing, Chinagroup
2005Rapt: Austral-Asia Zero FiveSherman Galleries, Sydney, Australiagroup
2005About BeautyHaus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germanygroup
2005ShangHai Cool – Creative ReproductionShangHai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, Chinagroup
2005The New Works of Wang GongXin & Lin TianMiaoCourtyard Gallery Annex, Beijing, Chinagroup
2005MahiongMuseum of Fine Arts, Bern, Switzerlandgroup
2005Xianfeng, Chinese avant-garde sculptureMuseum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague, The Netherlandsgroup
2005Fairy Tales ForeverARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Denmark, group
2004Non ZeroTokyo Art Project, Beijing, Chinasolo
2004Between Past and FutureInternational Center of Photography and the Museum of Asia Society, New York, New Yorkgroup
2004Concrete HorizonsAdam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealandgroup
2004Officina AsiaGallery d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italygroup
2004Regeneration: Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the USSamek Art Gallery, Bucknell University group
2004Otis College of Art and DesignLos Angeles, Californiagroup
2004Gwang Ju Biennale 2004Gwang Ju, South Koreagroup
2003Echigo-Tsumari Art TriennialNiigata, Japangroup
2003Arles Photograph Art FestivalArles, Francegroup
2003New Zone Chinese ArtZacheta National Art Gallery, Warsaw, Polandgroup
2002FocusThe Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, Chinasolo
20022nd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2002Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japangroup
2002Gwang Ju Biennale 2002Gwang Ju, South Koreagroup
2002Ireland Biennale 2002Irelandgroup
2002Guang Zhou Triennale 2002Guang Zhou Art Museum, Chinagroup
2002ShangHai Biennale 2002Shanghai Art Museum, Chinagroup
2001Threads of Vision: Toward A New Feminine PoeticsCleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohiogroup
2001Floating ChimerasEdsvik Konst Och Kultur, Swedengroup
2001Translated actsHaus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germanygroup
2001Wang GongXin & Lin TianMiao’s New WorksThe Loft New Media Art Space, Beijing, Chinagroup
2001The Digital Art Festival 2001The Loft New Media Art Space, Beijing, Chinagroup
2001Shout on the FaceEarl Lu Gallery Lasalle – Asia College of the Art, Singaporegroup
2001The New-Media Art Festival: Non-Linear NarrativeThe Gallery of National Academy of Art, HongZhou, Chinagroup
2000At The New Century 1979-1999, China Contemporary ArtChengdu Museum of Contemporary Art, Chinagroup
2000Inside-Out New Chinese ArtNational Gallery of Australia, Sydney, Australiagroup
2000Inside-Out New Chinese ArtThe Hong Kong Museum of Contemporary Art, Hong Konggroup
2000Home? Contemporary Art ProjectShanghai, Chinagroup
2000Bed-ChairXuxian Art Center, Taipei, Taiwangroup
1999Beijing in LondonICA Institute of Contemporary Art, London, Englandgroup
1999The Second Yearlong Contemporary Sculpture ExhibitionHe Xiang Ning Art Museum Shen Zhen, Chinagroup
1999Inside-Out New Chinese ArtMuseum of Modern Art, San Francisco, Californiagroup
1999Inside-Out New Chinese ArtThe Mexico Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico City, Mexicogroup
1999Food for ThoughtEindhoven, The Netherlandsgroup
1999Magnetie Writing-Marxhing IdeasWorks on Paper, It Park Gallery, Taipei, Taiwangroup
1999Cologne-Beijing-Beijing-Cologne: Exchange ExhibitionGothaer Kunstforum, Cologne, Germanygroup
1999Food for Thought: An Insight in Chinese Contemporary ArtMu Art Foundation, The Netherlandsgroup
1998Mark of Existence: Art Workshop in ProcessThe Experimental Studio of the Contemporary Art, Beijing, Chinagroup
1998WomanCentury National Gallery of Chinagroup
1998Life: Contemporary Chinese ArtWan Fung Art Gallery, Beijing, Chinagroup
1998Neo Lagoon: Contemporary Art of North East AsiaThe Niigata Prefectural Museum, Japangroup
1998Inside-Out: New Chinese ArtAsia Society, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, New Yorkgroup
1997Bound-unboundGallery of the central Academy Of Fine Art, Beijing, Chinasolo
1997Crack in the Continent - Chinese Contemporary ArtThe Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japangroup
1997The Fifth International Istanbul BiennaleIstanbul, Turkeygroup
1997Between Ego and SocietyArtermesia Gallery, Chicago, Illinoisgroup
1997Another Long MarchChasse Kazerme, Breda, The Netherlandsgroup
1997Against the TideBronx Museum of the Art, New York, New Yorkgroup
1997Demonstration of Video ArtThe Gallery of the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, Chinagroup
1995Open StudioBaofang Hutong 12#, Beijing, Chinasolo
1995File NO.1 – Conceptual Documents for Impossible ArtSoHo Biennial, New York, New Yorkgroup
1995Woman’s Approach to Contemporary ArtBeijing Art Museum, Beijing, Chinagroup
1995Chinese Women’s Artists Invitation ShowNational Gallery of China, Beijing, Chinagroup
1995UnknownGround Gallery, Los Angeles, Californiagroup
1995UnknownCity Gallery, Coutland, New York, New Yorkgroup
1995Beijing Youth Painting ExhibitionNational Gallery of China, Beijing, Chinagroup
1995Youth Artist Association ShowNational Gallery of China, Beijing, Chinagroup
1995Beijing Youth Painting ExhibitionLiulichang, Beijing, Chinagroup