Michael Lin
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  • Michael Lin
  • Birthdate: 1964
    Birthplace: Japan |
    Gender: Male
    Lives and Works in: Belgium |
    Solo Exhibitions

    2018 Opening: Beat Streuli- Taiwan Contemporary Cultural Lab- Taipei, Taiwan
    One Plus One- Michael Lin Beat Streuli- Eslite gallery, Taipei
    2017 Federation- National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
    2016 Locomotion- Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila, Philippines
    A Tale of Today- Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China
    New Paradise-Eslite gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
    2015 SCAD Museum of Art- Savannah, GA, USA
    High Museum- Atlanta, GA, USA
    2014 Frieze- London, UK
    2013 Tang Contemporary- Beijing, China
    Project 1- Hong Kong, China
    2012 Rock Bund Art Museum- Shanghai, China
    Peabody Essex Museum- Salem, MA, USA
    Leo Xu Projects- Shanghai, China
    Eslite Gallery- Taipei, Taiwan
    2011 MARCO- Vigo, Spain
    Towada Art Center- Towada, Japan
    Nogueras Blanchard- Barcelona, Spain
    2010 Vancouver Art Gallery- Vancouver, Canada
    Centro Per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci- Prato, Italy
    2009 Eslite Gallery- Taipei, Taiwan
    Artium- Fukuoka, Japan
    2008 Shanghai Gallery of Art-Shanghai, China
    IT Park-Taipei, Taiwan
    2007 Nogueras Blanchard-Barcelona, Spain
    O.K.Centrum, Linz, Austria
    2006 Eslite Gallery-Taipei, Taiwan
    2005 Kunsthalle Wien-Vienna, Austria
    The Contemporary Museum-Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
    Nogueras Blanchard-Barcelona, Spain
    2004 Eslite Gallery-Taipei, Taiwan
    Asian Art Museum-San Francisco, CA, USA
    Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis-St. Louis, MO, USA
    PS1 Contemporary Art Center-Long Island City, NY, USA
    2003 Palais de Tokyo-Site de Creation Contemporaine-Paris, France
    Galerie Urs Meile-Luzern,Switzerland
    Moroso Showroom-Milan, Italy
    2002 Palais de Tokyo-Site de Creation Contemporaine-Paris, France
    Stroom-The Hague, Netherlands
    Galerie Tanit-Munich, Germany
    Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot-Paris, France
    1999 It Park Gallery- Taipei, Taiwan
    1998 Dimensions Endowment of Art, Taipei, Taiwan

    Group Exhibitions

    2018 Brilliant City- David Zwirner, Hong Kong
    2017 Shenzhen Biennial of Urbanism and Architecture- Shenzhen
    Shanghai Galaxy II- Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China
    Enjoy- Chiostro del Bramante, Rome, Italy
    Fantasy Access Code- Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
    2015 TESTIMONY OF FOOD- Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
    2014 POST POP- Saatchi Gallery- London, UK
    M-HOME- Ullens Center for Contemporary Art- Beijing, China
    SHANGHAI BIENNIAL- THE MAKING OF A MUSEUM- Aurora Museum- Shanghai, China
    TOPOPHILIA- BANK- Shanghai, China
    ENCOUNTERS- Art Basel- Hong Kong, China
    SILENCE- Balice Hertling gallery- Paris, France
    2013 READING- Leo Xu Projects- Shanghai, China
    CROSS STRAIT RELATIONS- Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Gallery- New York, NY, USA
    PAINT(erly)-Bank- Shanghai, China
    IF YOU WHERE TO LIVE HERE-Auckland Triennial, New Zealand
    ROLLING- Seoul Art Museum- Seoul, Korea
    2012 TIME GAMES- Taipei Fine Art Museum- Taipei, Taiwan
    ENCOUNTER: The Royal Academy in Asia- ICA, Lasalle-Singapore
    2011 OPEN HOUSE- Singapore Biennial- Singapore
    THE COUPLE SHOW- Shanghai Gallery of Art- Shanghai, China
    2010 THE BURDEN OF REPRESENTATION-Osage gallery- Hong Kong, China
    PROGRAMMATION JEUNE PUBLIC 2010- Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
    MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE- Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art- Seoul, Korea
    POPPING UP- Hong Kong Arts Center- Hong Kong, China
    2009 MIXED BATHING-Beppu Project- Beppu, Japan
    THE TREE- James Cohan Gallery- Shanghai, China
    THE SPECTACLE OF THE EVERYDAY- Lyon Biennial- Lyon, France
    LIVE AND LET LIVE: CREATORS OF TOMORROW- Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale- Japan
    2008 MADRID ABIERTO (in collaboration with Alicia Framis) Spain
    MOBILE ART-for Chanel, Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York
    INAGURAL EXHIBITION-Towada Art Center- Towada, Japan
    SUPER FENGSHUI-Ullens Center for Contemporary Art- Beijing, China
    FAR WEST TRADING-Arnolfini- Bristol, UK
    HOME-National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts- Taichung, Taiwan
    2007 THROUGH THE “PAINTING”-Special Projects, 2 Moscow Biennale- Russia
    SCHAURAUSCH-O.K.Centrum- Linz, Austria
    JARDINS PUBLICS-Edinburgh International Festival- United Kingdom
    SPACE FOR YOUR FUTURE-Museum of Contemporary Art- Tokyo, Japan
    2006 NOTRE HISTOIRE-Palais de Tokyo- Paris, France
    SURPLUS VALUE-Tang Contemporary Art Center- Beijing, China
    NEW SPACE-Pinchuk Art Centre- Kiev, Ukraine
    ‘FUORIUSO’06 ALTERED STATES’ –Pescara, Italy
    2005 JOY-Casino, Luxembourg- Luxembourg
    BEYOND-The Second Guangzhou Triennial- Guangzhou, China
    EXPERIENCE DE LA DUREE-Lyon Biennial- Lyon, France
    ABOUT BEAUTY-Haus der Kulturen der Welt- Berlin, Germany
    THE ELEGANCE OF SILENCE-Mori Art Museum- Tokyo, Japan
    2004 POLYPHONY-21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art- Kanazawa, Japan
    ODYSSEY-Shanghai Gallery of Art- Shanghai, China
    FLORAL HABITAT-Bury St. Edmunds Art Gallery- Suffolk, United Kingdom
    2003 FlOWER POWER/LILLE 2004-Palais des Beaux Art- Lille, France
    THE FIFTH SYSTEM-Shenzhen, China
    PAINTING4-The Rose Art Museum-Waltham, MA, USA
    CROSSED-CCCB- Barcelona, Spain
    ART UNLIMITED-Basel Art Fair- Switzerland
    NMAC Foundation-Cadiz, Spain
    SUBVERSION AND POETRY-Culturgest-Lisbon, Portugal
    BIBLIOTHERAPY(with Remy Markowitsch)-Kuntsmuseum, Luzern, Switzerland
    2002 URGENT PAINTING-Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris- France
    ASIANVIBE-Espai d'Art Contemporani de Castello (EACC)- Spain
    PAUSE_GWANGJU BIENNIAL-Gwangju Biennial Hall-Gwangju, Korea
    HOW BIG IS THE WORLD?-O.K.Centrum- Linz, Austria
    ASIAN ART TRIENNIAL-Queensland Art Gallery- Brisbane, Australia
    INTERNATIONAL 2002-Liverpool Biennial- Liverpool, United Kingdom
    2001 THE GRAVITY OF THE IMMATERIAL-ICA- Taipei, Taiwan/ Total Museum-Seoul, Korea
    49TH BIENNIAL OF VENICE-Taiwan Pavilion- Venice, Italy
    7TH ISTANBUL BIENNIAL- Istanbul, Turkey
    ARS O1-Kiasma Museum- Helsinki, Finland
    CASINO 2001-SMAK- Gent, Belgium
    BIBLIOTHERAPY(with Remy Markowitsch)-Villa Merkel- Esslingen, Germany
    2000 THE SKY IS THE LIMIT, 2000 TAIPEI BIENNIAL-Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
    SISTER SPACE PROJECT-Southern Exposure- San Francisco, CA, USA
    VERY FUN PARK- Hong Kong Art Center-Hong Kong
    1999 FUKUOKA TRIENNALE-Fukuoka Asian Art Museum- Fukuoka, Japan

    Selected> Bibliography

    Emmy Lee Wall- Interview with Michael Lin- Zero 1 Magazine- September 29, 2017
    Marlyne Sahakian- Michael Lin, Locomotion- Art Asia Pacific, May/June 2016
    Michael Lin- Artists’ Artists- Frieze Masters- October 2016
    Cristina Sanchez-Kozyreva- Critics’ Picks- Artforum.com- March 2016
    Aimee Lin- Michael Lin: A Tale of Today- Art Review- May 2016
    Wang Kaimei- Michael Lin: A Tale of Today- Randian-online.com
    Christopher Knight- A modern Silk Road passes through OCMA’s Pacific Rim Show- Los Angles Times- July 5, 2013
    Pauline Yao- The Best of 2013- Artforum- December 2013
    Jens Hoffmann- Reviews- 5th Auckland Triennial- Artforum- December 2013
    Christopher Knight- Review: A modern Silk Road passes through OCMA’s Pacific Rim Show- Los Angeles Times, July 5, 2013
    Frazier, David- ‘Painting’- Art Asia Pacific, May/June 2013, p. 177
    ‘Collaboration: Michael Lin’s Model Home’- Leap, June 2012, pp. 50-53
    David Ho Yeung Chan- ‘Michael Lin: Model Home/Model Museum’- Yishu, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, July/August 2012, pp.88-92
    Pauline Yao- ‘Ten Years’- Contemporary Art & investment- Issue 56, 2011, pp.53-70
    Arthur Ou (as told to)- ‘500 Words’- Artforum.com- 01.18.11
    Hou, Hanru- ‘Flower Power’- Damn- No. 25, 2010
    Iwakiri, Mio- Exhibition Reviews- www.art-it.jp December 2008
    Chung, Shinyoung- Reviews- Artforum- December 2008, pp.321-322
    Lin, Hongjohn- Exhibition Reveiws- www.art-it.jp October 2008
    Leo Xu- ‘Pattern’- Visual Production- Vol.3, 2007, pp.60-69
    Cornwell, Tim-‘In full bloom”-The Scotsman-Friday, August 10, 2007, pp. 12-13
    Kolesnikov-Jessop, Sonia-‘Motif operandi’-Sunday Morning Post, Sunday, July 9, 2006
    Hasegawa, Kanae-‘Couleur Locale’-Frame No 52, Sep/Oct, 2006, p.70
    Maout, Christophe-‘Lyon Grand Angle’-Le Monde 2 No 84, September 24, 2005, p.58
    Hou, Hanru-Interview- Yishu, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Spring 2005, pp.55-62
    Mahoney, Bronwyn-‘Lounging Apparatus Provided’-Art Asia Pacific No.41,Summer 2004, pp. 48-53
    Jeffrey Hughes-Reviews-Contemporary, no. 65, 2004, p.67
    Annette Tietenberg-“Wallflowers”-Form,197, July/August 2004, pp.36-43
    Lily van Ginneken-‘Made in Taiwan’-Bloom, Issue11, 2004, pp.20-23
    Lavrador, Judicael-‘Les Artistes s’etalent’-Beaux Arts Magazine,231,August 2003, pp.82-89
    Mahoney, Bronwyn-‘Patterns of Thought: The Installation of Michael Lin’-Yishu, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Spring 2003, pp.82-85
    Tan, Eugene-‘Review, Liverpool Biennial, Pleasant Street Board School’-Contemporary, no. 10, October 2002, p.94
    ML- ‘The art of deco’-Art Review, Vol.LIII, February 2002, pp.50-1
    Davenport, Rhana- ‘The Sky is the limit’ –Art Asia Pacific, no.30, 2001, pp.20-2
    Casavecchia, Barbara-‘Taipei Biennial’-Flash Art,Vol.33 , no.215, November-December 2000, p.103
    Lloyd, Ann Wilson- ‘Reorienting: Japan rediscovers Asia’ – Art in America, Vol.87, no. 10, October 1999, pp.104-11
    Bourne, Cecile- ‘Reviews:Taipei (Taiwan), Michael Lin, IT Park’ – Flash Art, Vol. 30, no.194, May-June 1997, p.124
    Mcintyre, Sophie & Wang, Chia Chi Jason- ‘Taipei in entropy” Flash Art, Vol. 29, no.187, March-April 1996, pp.57-60

    ‘Locomotion’ Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Inc.), Manila ,2019 (essay by Joselina Cruz, Esther Lu and Pauline J. Yao)
    ‘The quotidian and the divine’ Eslite gallery, Taipei, 2018 (text by Roan Ching yueh)
    ‘New Paradise’ Eslite gallery, Taipei, 2016 (essay by Kit Hammons and Jau Lan Guo)
    ‘Place Libre’ a proposition by Michael Lin, Blackdog publishing, 2014 (essay by Mathieu Borysevicz)
    ‘Model Home’ a proposition by Michael Lin, Rock Bund Art Museum, 2012 (essays by Lai Hsiangling, Alexandra Munroe, Hou Hanru, Yuko Hasegawa, Pauline J. Yao, and Li Xiangning)
    ‘Mingling’ Towada Art Center, 2011
    ‘Michael Lin’ Vancouver Art Gallery/Hatje Cantz, 2010 (essays by Nicolas Bourriad, Bruce Grenville, Hou Hanru, Vivian Rehberg, and Annette Tietenberg)
    ‘Island Life’ Eslite Gallery, Taipei, 2007 (essay by Eugene Tang and Jason Wong)
    ‘Michael Lin Kunsthalle Wien project space 20.04-29.05.05’ Kunsthalle, Vienna , 2005 (interview by Gerald Matt/essay by Sabine Folie)
    ‘Michael Lin’ Eslite Gallery, Taipei, 2004 (essay by Hong-John Lin)
    ‘Michael Lin’ Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 2004 (essay by Shannon Fitzgerald and Frances Stark)
    ‘Spaces Within, Installations by Michael Lin and Wu Mali’Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, 2004 (essay by Pauline J. Yao)
    ‘Michael Lin’ Palais de Tokyo, site de creation contemporaine, 2002 (interview by Jerome Sans/essay by Vivian Rehberg )
    ‘Bilbliothearapy’ (Remy Markowitsch in collaboration with Michael Lin) Villa Merkel-Galerien Der Stadt Esslingen Am Neckar, 2001 (essays by Alberto Manguel, Yvan Leclerc, Cornelia Saxes, and Antje Weitzel)
    ‘Complimentary’ Dimension Endowment of Art, 1998 (essay and drawings by Frances Stark)

    Exhibition Catalogues
    ‘The Testimony of Food’- Taipei Fine Arts Museum- Taipei 2015
    ‘Post Pop: East meets West’- Saatchi Gallery- London, 2015
    ‘M Home: Living in Space RedStar Macalline Art Project’- Ullens Center for Contemporary Art- Beijing 2014
    ‘California Pacific Triennial’-OCMA- Newport Beach, CA, 2013- pp. 114-117
    ‘If you where to live here…’- Auckland Triennial- New Zealand, 2013- pp. 60-63
    ‘Open House’- Singapore Biennial- Singapore, 2011
    ‘Popping Up’- Hong Kong Arts Center- Hong Kong, 2010
    ‘Le Spectacle du Quotidien’- X Lyon Biennial- Lyon, 2009-pp.168-171
    Towada Art Center-Towada, 2008
    ‘Space for your Future’-Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2007
    ‘Schaurausch’- O.K.Centrum-Linz, 2007-pp.96-99
    ‘Once Upon a Time…Contemporary Fairytale’-ARCOS-Benevento, 2006
    ‘Surplus Value’-Tang Contemporary Art Center-Beijing, 2006
    ‘Notre Histoire-Palais de Tokyo-Paris- Hasegawa, Yuko, 2006
    ‘Are you experienced?’- Fuoriuso’06 Altered States, 2006- pp 78-81
    ‘Experience de la duree’-Lyon Biennial-Lyon, 2005-pp. 174-177
    ‘Joy’-Casino Luxembourg-Luxembourg, 2005
    ‘Createurs du Nouveau Monde’-The Biennial of Chinese Contemporary Art-Montpellier, 2005-pp.120-123
    ‘The Elegance of Silence’-Mori Art Museum-Tokyo, 2005-pp. 122-125
    ‘Polyphony-Emerging Resonances’-21st Century Museum of Cotemporary Art, Kanazawa, 2004- pp. 46-47
    ‘Odyssey(s) 2004’-Shanghai Gallery of Art-Shanghai, 2004-pp 30-39
    ‘Flowerpower’-Lille 2004, 2004-pp.154-159
    ‘Crossed Lines, New Territories of Design’-Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, 2003-pp. 24-26
    ‘Montemedio Arte Contemporaneo’-NMAC- Cecile Bourne, 2003-pp. 34-39
    ‘How big is the world?’-O.K. Center for Contemporary Arts- Manray Hsu, 2002-pp. 80-87
    ‘International 2002’-Liverpool Biennial- David Thorpe, 2002-pp. 96-99
    ‘Asia Pacific Triennial’-Queensland Art Gallery - Rhana Davenport, 2002-pp. 70-73
    ‘Asianvibe’-Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castello- Hanru Hou, 2002
    ‘Urgent Painting’- Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris- Manray Hsu, 2002- pp. 86-89
    ‘ARS 01’-Kiasma Museum- Hanru Hou, 2001- pp. 142-143
    ‘Egofugal’-Istanbul Biennial- Bronwyn Mahoney, 2001-pp.128-129
    ‘Living Cell’-Venice Biennial, Taiwan Pavilion- Chien-hui Kao, 2001-pp.30-39
    ‘The Sky is the Limit’-Taipei Biennial-Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2000-pp. 78-81
    ‘Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial’- Fukuoka Asian Art Museum- Jui Jen Shih, 1999- page 94
    ‘Tu Parles/J'ecoute’-Taipei Fine Arts Museum- Cecile Bourne, 1998- pp. 66-69

    ‘The Social Imperative Architecture and the City in China’- Decentering Bodies by Ambrozy Lee, 2017
    ‘Graphic Anatomy 2 Atelier Bow-wow, TOTO, 2014
    ‘Contemporary Asian Art’Thames & HodsoMelissa Chiu + Benjamin Genocchio, 2010, pp. 142, 220
    ‘China Talks, Interviews with 32 Contemporary Artist by Jerome Sans’, 2009, pp. 28-33
    ‘Louis Vuitton Art, Fashion and Architecture’ Rizzoli, 2009, pp. 264-269
    ‘In Production Mode, Contemporary Art In China’ Pauline J. Yao, Timezone8, 2008, pp. 99
    ‘Patterns 2. Design, Art and Architecture’ Birkhauser, 2008, pp. 198-201
    ‘DesignArt’ Alex Coles, Tate Publishing, 2005
    ‘Patterns in Design, Art and Architecture’ Birkhauser, 2005, pp. 182-187
    Domus no. 876, December 2004, pp. 44-45
    ‘Vitamin P’ Phaidon Press, 2002

    Public Collection
    Deutsche Bank, Hong Kong, China
    Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China
    College de Tallard, Tallard, France
    Towada Art Center, Towada, Japan
    Kyusyu University, Fukuoka, Japan
    Blind Wall Project, Ghent, Belgium
    Ullens Center of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
    Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
    L’Ecole des Cigales, Beausoleil, France
    Rogaland School of Art, Stavanger, Norway
    Kunstlinie, Almere, The Netherlands
    21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
    Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
    Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul, Turkey
    National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
    Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Biography
  • Michael Lin is an artist living and working in Taipei and Brussels. Lin turns away from painting as an object of contemplation toward one of painting as a bounded, physical space, one we can settle into and inhabit. Lin orchestrates monumental painting installations that re-conceptualize and reconfigure public spaces. Using patterns and designs appropriated from textiles his works have been exhibited in major institutions and international Biennials around the world, The Vancouver Art Gallery, 2010, Towada Art Center, 2011, Rock Bund Art Museum 2012, The Auckland Triennial and the California Pacific Triennial 2013, High Museum 2015, Museum Contemporary Art and Design, Manila 2016, and most recently at the National Gallery of Victoria. Transforming the institutional architecture of the public museum, his unconventional paintings invite visitors to reconsider their usual perception of those spaces, and to become an integral part of the work, giving meaning to its potential as an area for interaction, encounter, and re-creation.

  • Exhibitions
  • Artworks
    • Wrapping Composition #7 | Michael Lin

      Other | Cotton | 29.4 × 29.4 × 3.1 cm | 2011

    • Unlimited | Michael Lin

      Installation | paper | Dimensions variable | 2002

    • Unlimited | Michael Lin

      Painting | Acrylic on canvas | 170 × 170 cm | 2012

    • ESSLINGEN | Michael Lin

      Painting | Lead on Arches paper | 114 × 174 cm | 2001

    • SAN FRANCISCO | Michael Lin

      Painting | Lead on Arches paper | 114 × 215 cm | 2004

    • LONG ISLAND | Michael Lin

      Painting | Lead on Arches paper | 114 × 217 cm | 2004

    • TAIPEI | Michael Lin

      Painting | Lead on Arches paper | 114 × 255 cm | 2000

    • PARIS (PALAIS) | Michael Lin

      Painting | Lead on Arches paper | 74 × 225 cm | 2006

    • BRISBANE (GALLERY) | Michael Lin

      Painting | Lead on Arches paper | 114 × 214 cm | 2002

    • Ghent | Michael Lin

      Painting | Lead on Arches paper | 114 × 195.5 cm | 2001