September 1, 2012 - Asia Society Museum - Bound Unbound: Lin Tianmiao
September 1, 2012

Bound Unbound: Lin Tianmiao

Lin Tianmiao, Focus, 2001. Digital C-Type print
on canvas, hair, silk threads, and cotton threads.
95 ¼ x 5 x 69 ¾ inches. Collection of the artist.

Lin Tianmiao
Bound Unbound

September 7, 2012–January 27, 2013

Asia Society Museum
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)
New York, NY 10021

Asia Society Museum presents the first major solo exhibition in the United States of leading Chinese artist Lin Tianmiao. Surveying her work since 1995, the exhibition highlights the remarkably consistent focus on the human form that is embodied in her work.

A series of large-scale, complex installations, sculpture, and two-dimensional works will fill Asia Society’s entire Museum space, many of which have never been seen outside of China. The exhibition ­takes its title from one of Lin’s early installations, Bound and Unbound (1997), for which Lin carefully wound unbleached white cotton thread around nearly 800 household objects and incorporated a video element, projected onto a screen made of thread. The work is typical of many of her installations: large in scale and incorporating thread, sculpture, video and multimedia.

“Lin Tianmiao is one of only a handful of female artists to have emerged from her generation born in the 1960s in China,” says Asia Society Museum Director and exhibition curator Melissa Chiu. “This exhibition aims to map Lin’s consistency of vision, allowing us to see how her ideas on physicality have evolved and been transformed. It also provides insight into her artistic development during one of the most important periods of change in the Chinese art world, the 1990s to today.”

Major support for this exhibition is provided by The Coby Foundation, Ltd., Carol and David Appel, Artron, Joleen and Mitchell Julis, and the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation. Additional support is provided by Will and Helen Little and Sarah Peter. With special thanks to Galerie Lelong.

Related Programs
In conjunction with the exhibition, Asia Society will present a series of public programs focusing on the creative output of Chinese women. Bound Unbound: Lin Tianmiao is part of Asia Society’s yearlong programmatic focus on China. Details about Asia Society programs in New York are available at



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