• Golden Bridge, 2011 Ed. 3/10, photo, 101.6x152.4cm
  • We are very Heavy 02, 2015, Ed. 1/6, photo,60x60cm
  • The Departure From Her Feet 01, 2014 Ed. 1/6, photo,152x101cm
  • The Departure From Her Feet 06, 2014 Ed. 1/6, photo, 90x135cm

Lin Yilin

Lin Yilin was born in Guangzhou in 1964, China, and lives and works in New York and Beijing. He Co-founded of "Big-Tail-Elephant” Group in 1990 and has participated in Cities on the Move in 1997, the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale in 1997, the 1st Taipei Biennale in 1998, the 4th Gwangju Biennale in 2002, the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, Documenta 12 in 2007, the 10th Lyon Biennale in 2009, the 12th Swiss Sculpture Exhibition in 2014 and the 12th Havana Biennale in 2015. His works were showed in the Kunsthalle Bern, the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, the Hayward Gallery in London, the Asia Society Museum in New York and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. Lin’s conceptual practices have always been an energetic and witty mingling of social architecture and everyday life. He is recognized for a practice that embraces sculpture, installation, photography to live action and video featuring outdoor performances.


Born in Guangzhou, P.R China


Studying at the Sculpture Department, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts


Co-founder of "Big-Tail-Elephant Group"


Lives and works in New York and Beijing

Major Collections:

M+, HK
Asia Society, New York, US
Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, US
Deutsche Bank AG
Uli Sigg Collection, Switzerland
Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation, Switzerland
OCAT Shenzhen
The Land foundation, Chiang Mai, Thailand
DSL Collection, Paris, France
ING Collection

Selected Solo Exhibitions:


The Street. Where the World is Made, MAXXI, Roma, Italy

Dismantling the Scaffold, Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage & Arts, Hong Kong 

One Hand Clapping, Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, U.S.A



The Departure fron Her Feet, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China

Archive 30: Lin Yilin, Video Bureau, Beijing, China


Holiday, Edicola Notte, Roma, Italy
Mountain Resort, Zoo Zone, Roma, Italy


Golden Journey, Walter and Mcbean Galleries, San Francisco art institute, U.S.A


Whose Land? Whose Art?, The Land Foundation, Chiangmai and Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand


Big Family: Brothers, Not Comrades, Arrow Factory, Beijing, China


Target, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
A Spatio-temporal Tunnel, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China


Zero Interface: Brave New World, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, China


Move On: Lin Yilin, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, U.S.A

Selected group exhibitions:


BL-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Shenzhen, China

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Please Come Back. The World as A Prison?, MAXXI, Rome, Italy


Getting Across, The Goethe-Institute, New Delhi, India
Big Tail Elephant: One Hour, No Room, Five Shows, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China
Digging a Hole in China, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, China


Mobile M+: Live Art, West Kowloon Culture District, Hong Kong
Twelfth Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba
Pavilion of Cuba - 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
The Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary, Lulu, Mexico
A Prologue to the Past and Present State of Things, Delfina Foundation, London, England


12th Swiss Sculpture Exhibition,Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
Cosmos, 21st Century Minsheng art Museum, Shanghai, China


If walls could speak, Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam, Holland
Zizhiqu-Autonomous Regions, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China


7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, China
MIE: A Portraits by 35 Artists, FREIGHT + VOLUME, New York, U.S.A


Spacecraft Icarus 13—Narratives of Progress from Elsewhere, BAK, Utrecht, Holland
Moving Image in China: 1988-2011, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
A Line Made By Walking, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel


First Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Glass Factory, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Great Performance, Pace Gallery, Beijing, China
Rites without myths, Impronte contemporary art, Milan, Italy


10th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France
The State of Things, Palais des Beaux-Arts / Bozar, Brussels, Belgium


Paradox of Praxis, The Collection Lambert, Avignon, France
Guangzhou Station, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
The Borders of Utopia, Beijing Today Art Museum, Beijing, China


Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany
Who do you think you are?, BaseB, Milan, Italy


Accumulation, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Guangzhou-Cantonese Artist in the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland


The Second Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
Mahjong-Contemporary Chinese Art from in the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland


The Monk and the Demon, Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France
Effort, Koldo Mitxelena Cultural Centre, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain


50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy


Pause, Gwangju Biennale 2002, Gwangju Biennale Hall, Korea
The First Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China


Transplantation in Situ, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China


Basic Needs, the World Exposition EXPO 2000, Hanover, Germany


Site of Desire, 1998 Taipei Biennale, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
Big Tail Elephant, Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland
Inside out, New Chinese Art, Asia Society, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, U.S.A


Trade Routes: History and Geography, 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa
Cities on the Move, Vereinigung bildender Kunstler Wiener Secession, Austria


Possibility-Big Tail Elephant, Zhongguang Building, Guangzhou, China


No Room-Big Tail Elephant, Guangzhou, China

China Avant-Garde, Haus der Kulture der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Third Exhibition of Big Tail Elephant Group, Red Ants Bar, Guangzhou, China


A Joint Exhibition of Big Tail Elephant Group, Guangdong Broadcast/Television University, Guangzhou,China


Exhibition of Big Tail Elephant Group, Guangzhou No.1 Worker's Palace, Guangzhou, China