"Island Life"

"Island Life"

Exhibition Period
04 Nov 2006 - 26 Nov 2006
Opening Hours
4 Nov 2006

Michael LIN

Michael LIN is internationally known for his painted walls and floors with amplified traditional floral motifs inspired by traditional textiles from various cultures. His practice is characterized by embellishment and visual exuberance, and his site-specific works seek to create transformations within the space in which he works. Viewer interaction is an important component in his works, which “efficiently demonstrate a major precept of contemporary art in our time: art is not simply something to be looked at, it is to be experienced in real time, often through tangible means,” as described by Pauline Yao, curator of Hong Kong’s M+ Museum. To Lin, “Exhibition” is the “medium” of his work. While rationally exploring the exhibition as a cultural event, his works also reveal a rich poetic quality. His large-scale installations explore painting, design, ornamentation, and culture through an interaction with architecture. The appropriation of everyday objects and patterns all derive from his personal environment and allow him to go beyond the beautiful and the sublime. His installations are environments or aesthetic slices of life that invite the viewer to share the space of art and architecture in socially contemplative ways.

1964 Born in Tokyo, Japan
Currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium, Taipei, Taiwan and Shanghai, China



1990        MFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, USA
1993        BFA, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, California, USA



2016        ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
               Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila, Philippines
               Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China  
2015        SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, USA
               High Museum, Atlanta, USA  
2013        Tang Contemporary, Beijing, China
               PROJECT ONE, Hong Kong, China

2012        ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

               Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, USA

               Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China
               Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China
2011        Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, 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, California, USA
               Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
               PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, 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
1996        IT Park Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan



2012        "Time Games", Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Encounter: The Royal Academy In Asia", Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore,

               LASALLE College of Arts, 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
               "Atelier Michael Lin", Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France
               "Memories of the Future", Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
               "Popping Up", Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong, China
2009        "Art Basel" ESLITE GALLERY, Basel,Switzerland

               "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), Madrid, Spain
               "Chanel Mobile Art", Hong Kong, China/Tokyo, Japan/New York, USA
               "Inaugural Exhibition", Towada Art Center, Towada, Japan
               "Super Fengshui", Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
               "Far West Trading", Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
               "Artificial Nature", Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
               "Home", National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
2007        "Through The 'Painting' ", Special Projects, Second Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia
               "Schaurausch", O.K. Centrum, Linz, Austria
               "Jardins Publics", Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
               "Space For Your Future", Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 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
               "Once Upon A Time…Contemporary Fairytale", ARCOS Museo di Arte Contemporanea del

               Sannio, Benevento, Italy

               "Asian Contemporary Art In Print", Asia Society, New York, USA
2005        "Joy", Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
               "Beyond", 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: Public Art in the Age of 'Post-Planning' ", Shenzhen Art Museum,

               Shenzhen, China
               "Painting4", Rose Art Museum, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
               "Crossed", Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
               Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
               "Subversion and Poetry", Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
               "Bibliotherapy" (With Remy Markowitsch), Kuntsmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland
2002        "Urgent Painting", Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
               "Asianvibe", Espai d'Art Contemporani de Castello, Castellon, 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”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei; Kaohsiung Museum of

               Fine Arts,

               Kaohsiung, Taiwan/ Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
               49th Venice Biennial, Taiwan Pavilion, Venice, Italy
               Seventh Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
               "ARS O1", Kiasma Museum, Helsinki, Finland
               "Casino 2001", Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst Ghent, Ghent, Belgium
               "Bibliotherapy"(With Remy Markowitsch), Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany
2000        "The Sky is the Limit", Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Sister Space Project", Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California, USA
               "Very Fun Park", Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong, China
               "Festival of Vision/Berlin in Hong Kong", Tamar Site, Hong Kong, China
1999        "Visions of Pluralism", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
               "Magnetic Writing/Marching Ideas", IT Park Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
               Fukuoka Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
               KHOJ International Artists’ Association, Modinagar, India
1998        "Tu Pales/J' Ecoute", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan/La Ferme du Buisson,

               Paris, France
               "Back from Home", Bamboo Curtain Studio, Taipei, Taiwan



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
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul, Turkey
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

Island Life

Author / Michael LIN
  • Language
  • PriceNT$500
  • PublisherThe Eslite
  • Size17X24 cm
  • Publication Date2007/03
  • ISBN9789868220157
Island Life

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