Online Exhibition: The 11th From Lausanne to Beijing International Fiber Art Biennale

enad.tsinghua.edu.cn , February 8, 2021

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The 11th From Lausanne to Beijing International Fiber Art Biennale opened online (https://lbfiberart.ad.tsinghua.edu.cn) on Jan 16. The exhibition is jointly hosted by the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University and the China National Arts and Crafts Society. Over 300 works of fiber art by artists from five continents are featured in this Biennale. They will be available for online viewing to audiences across the globe through Feb 16.

With the pandemic spreading, no time in recent years has ever been as full of instability as the present. Lin Lecheng, head curator of the exhibition, said of this year's Biennale: "Fortune rewarded artists' passion, providing an opportunity to hold this exhibition in this challenging year and once again proving art's indomitable vitality." The Biennale pursues the intrinsic nature of fiber while also exploring a new format: The virtual exhibition. The virtual exhibition hall revolutionized the relationship between fiber and space, making it possible to experience art from anywhere in the world. By the "2.5D" virtual venue, audiences were provided with all-new perspectives and experiences.

Over 1,000 submissions by artists from 56 countries were sent to the organizing committee. One Gold Award, four Silver Awards, 11 Bronze Awards, and 79 Excellence Awards were presented in recognition of fiber artists who created outstanding works in this pandemic-stricken time.

This year's Biennale widely features works that speak of artists' social responsibility in a time of disease. For the theme Symbiosis and Coexistence, artists reflected on how to transform crisis into action. Korean - American artist Mi-Kyoung Lee's Gold Award-winning artwork, Symbiosis, explores the consistency and complexity of nature imagery.

Gold Award: Mi-Kyoung Lee, Korea/US, Symbiosis
Bronze Award: Zhang Haidong, Tie Knots to Record, China

Bronze Award: Wang Lei, China, Culture No 1

In 1999, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University established the "From Lausanne to Beijing" International Fiber Art Biennale to continue the rich heritage of international fiber art. Since then, 10 exhibitions were held in 21 years, featuring over ten thousand artists from more than 50 countries around the world. "From Lausanne to Beijing" has evolved into a globally renowned exhibition, both academically rich and enjoying wide popular appeal, and has become known as the most influential fiber art exhibition worldwide.

Hosted by

Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University

China National Arts and Crafts Society


China Arts and Crafts Association

Academic Supporter

Zhuangshi Surface Design Association

Advisory Board

Chang Shana, Wen Lianchang, Yang Yongshan, Xie Weihe, Liu Jude, Shang Gang, Joan Schulze (USA), Nancy Kozikowski (USA), Song BurnSoo(Korea), Hiroko Watanabe(Japan), Shigeo Kubota(Japan), Fukumoto Shigeki(Japan), Bernhard G Lehmann(Germany), Liu Guangwen (Georgia), Bashir Makhoul (Britain), Onoyama Kazuyo(Japan)

Organizing Committee


Lu Xiaobo

Vice Chairman

Cai Daying, Ma Sai, Yang Dongjiang, Zeng Chenggang, Wu Qiong, Li He, Zhao Chao, Fang Xiaofeng, Ren Jianxin, Mao Zengyin, Su Dan, Lu Huaxin, Zhang Hong, Sun Ye, Zang Yingchun

Evaluation Committee


Joan Schulze(USA)


Bernhard G Lehmann(Germany), Birgitta Hallerg(Sweden), Chang Young Ran (Korea), Chung Kyoung-Yeon(Korea), Deborah Corsini(USA), Ewa Latkowska-Zychska(Poland), Francesca Alzati (Italy/Brazil), Hiroko Watanabe(Japan),Liu Jude(China),Liz Williamson(Australia),Louise Lemieux Berube(Canada), Maria Ortega Galvez(Spain), Ma Sai(China), Monique Chmielewska Lehman(USA/Poland), Nancy Kozikowski(USA), Shigeo Kubota(Japan), Susan Taber Avila(USA), Tetsuo Kusama(Japan), Valerie Kirk(Scotland / Australia), Wlodzimierz Cygan(Poland)

Chief Curator: Lin Lecheng

Curator: Ni Yuehong, Hong Xingyu

Academic Consultant: Fang Xiaofeng

Exhibition Co-ordination: Yue Song

Project Supervision: Zhang Yifan、Yue Mingyue

Visual Co-ordination: Cao zhen、Zeng Fanru

Media Supporter: Ling He

Project Execution

Liu Hui, Yu Limin, Zhang Haidong, Zhang Wei, Xia Minjia, Zhao Jinhong, Li Penyun, Guo Yang, Zeng Litong, Zhuang Shuxiong, Li Zixuan, Zhang Liuxin, Wang Mei, Wu Jin, Liu Quanhua, Zeng Siqin

Institutions in support of online exhibition

Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China Women's University