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WEBSITE UPDATE: AN ESSAY ABOUT ONO’S MUSIC

LIBERTÉ CONQUÉRANTE GROWING FREEDOM OPENING 25.4. IN CANADA

The Fondation Phi: ”This major exhibition in two parts will underscore the cornerstones of action, participation, and imagination in the work of Yoko Ono. Taking place in both of the Fondation’s buildings, the first part, The instructions of Yoko Ono will focus on her ‘instruction’ works that emphasize the role of the visitor in their completion. Among works to be presented are text–based instructions such as Lighting Piece (1955), as well as participatory works including Mending Piece (1966), Horizontal Memories (1997), and Arising (2013). Also included is Water Event (1971/2016), which will invite the participation of 12 artists from Montreal and other parts of Canada.”

”The second part of the exhibition, The art of John and Yoko will present the arc of collaborative art projects for peace undertaken by Yoko Ono and John Lennon. Among these is the Acorn project, the War is Over peace campaign, and the Montreal bed-in, which will mark its fifty-year anniversary on May 26, 2019. Through an approach that spotlights storytelling, this part of the exhibition will feature a variety of stories from people who participated in the bed-in, told in their own voices and words. These often moving accounts testify to the impact of what became a legendary and historic event, one which remains a key reference for the indivisibility of art and life, as well as the importance of non-violent action to inspire political and social change.”

”Ultimately, this exhibition wishes to impart Yoko Ono’s massive impact on contemporary art practices, on art reception, and on activism through art. The urgency and spirit of her work remain pertinent and perhaps more important than ever.”

Photos from the exhibition by Yoko Ono

LIBERTÉ CONQUÉRANTE/GROWING FREEDOM. THE INSTRUCTIONS OF YOKO ONO AND THE ART OF JOHN AND YOKO. THE FONDATION PHI POUR L’ART CONTEMPORAIN, MONTREAL, CANADA: 25.4.-15.9.2019

A NEW CAMPUS AT LEEDS ARTS UNIVERSITY OPENED WITH YOKO ONO’S EXHIBITION

Wish tree in 2016: ”Make a wish.”

Yorkshire Evening Post (March 28th 2019):

”The building officially opened with an exhibition by internationally renowned multimedia artist and peace activist Yoko Ono. The exhibition – Yoko Ono at Leeds – features a series of installation-based works.”

DOUBLE FANTASY – JOHN & YOKO IN LIVERPOOL

Image: Keith McMillan © Yoko Ono

Museum of Liverpool: ”Taking a chronological journey, the exhibition starts with two unique individuals – a leading figure in the avant-garde art world and a global rock ’n’ roll star. From a tender first meeting at Indica Gallery in London, it was 18 months later that the album ’Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins’ was issued. What followed was breathtaking in its rapidity and productivity until John’s tragic and untimely death on 8 December 1980.

Through interviews, quotes and lyrics, the story of their personal and creative relationship along with their political activism and peace campaigning, is told in their own words for the very first time.

From the intimate to the iconic, the exhibition brings together unmissable objects and artworks. A rolling programme of the films that John and Yoko created, and music videos made under Yoko’s supervision are being shown. A music room, overlooking the Mersey with the couple’s albums played for visitors, features album cover art.”

DOUBLE FANTASY – JOHN & YOKO, MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL, BRITAIN: 18.5.2018-3.11.2019

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”SANDRA OH CRIED WHEN SHE MET HER HERO YOKO ONO”

Huffington Post (April 11th 2019):

”While many Asian Americans have found a role model in Sandra Oh, the actress has a hero of her own. And like most people meeting their idols, she freaked out.

On the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” the “Killing Eve” actress admitted she burst into tears when meeting artist and icon Yoko Ono at the airport.

“There’s a deep Asianness … where your body just goes into respect. And then coming up to her, I didn’t know I could bow so low,” Oh recalled of the encounter.

When Ono agreed to take a photo with the actress, Oh said she “burst out crying.”

The “Killing Eve” star explained to Colbert that ahead of her “Saturday Night Live” gig in March, she shot some promos for the episode, posing as several iconic Asian Americans, including Ono. So when she saw the artist at the airport, she got emotional. ”

John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Montreal, 1969. Photograph by Gerry Deiter.

HOW JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO CAME UP WITH THE IDEA OF THEIR BED-IN FOR PEACE

Time (March 25th 2019):

“We sent out a card: ‘Come to John and Yoko’s honeymoon: a bed-in, Amsterdam Hotel,’” Lennon was quoted recalling in The Beatles Anthology. Surrounded by flowers, they took to their bed in their hotel suite in Amsterdam. He says the media thought they were going to “make love in public,” based on the fact that the art for their 1968 album Two Virgins featured the couple naked, but in fact they wore pajamas.

“We knew whatever we did was going to be in the papers. We decided to utilize the space we would occupy anyway, by getting married, with a commercial for peace,” Lennon said. “We would sell our product, which we call ‘peace.’ And to sell a product you need a gimmick, and the gimmick we thought was ‘bed.’ And we thought ‘bed’ because bed was the easiest way of doing it, because we’re lazy.”

(..) ”For a MoMA retrospective on her career, she recalled, “John and I thought after Bed-In, ‘The war is going to end.’ How naïve we were, you know? But the thing is, things take time. I think it’s going to happen. I mean, that I think we’re going to have a peaceful world. But it’s just taking a little bit more time than we thought then.”

’PEACE IS POWER’: YOKO ONO’S WORKS ON SHOW IN LEIPZIG

DW.com (April 3rd 2019):

”Yoko Ono has over 2,000 square meters (around 21,500 square feet) and three floors of exhibition space in the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts at her disposal. ”Yoko Ono. Peace is Power” is the most extensive retrospective of the Japanese-American artist’s work in Germany to date. As curator, Ono’s long-time friend and confidante Jon Hendricks has been on site to ensure that everything is set up in the spirit of the eccentric artist.

On display are smaller objects, space-filling installations and sculptures by the 86-year-old Ono. With this one-woman show, the museum is showcasing Ono’s entire artistic oeuvre since the 1960s. All sorts of media, including films, video works and her solo albums, are included in the exhibition, with rarely shown drawings also on display in Leipzig.”

”As a young woman, she returned to the US and began studying at Sarah Lawrence College, just north of New York City. She was interested in philosophy, art and music composition, but she didn’t last long in a college setting. She quit her studies in 1959 and immersed herself into the art scene of the Big Apple.”

Helmets/Pieces of Sky by Yoko Ono.

”As an artist, she began working in experimental film and music, and became involved in the Fluxus movement, with its interdisciplinary community of artists, composers and poets who performed around the world in impromptu ”happenings” in the 1960s and 70s. One of the leading figures in the movement was American composer John Cage, whom Ono accompanied on his tour of Japan in 1962.”

”After Lennon’s death, Yoko Ono made her first public appearance as an artist again in 1995 — in her home country of Japan. Various museums in Germany and Great Britain showed retrospectives of her work in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, the Venice Biennale honored the Japanese artist with the Golden Lion for her life’s work. In 2012 she received the Oskar Kokoschka Award in Vienna.”

”For her ”Yoko Ono. Peace is Power” exhibition in Leipzig, the Japanese artist has invited German artists to develop an object which she will then fill with water. This is part of her performative concept, with which she turns her exhibits into ”joint works of art.” She developed such a ”water event” back in in 1971 for an exhibition in Syracuse, New York.

Whether Yoko Ono will personally come from New York to Leipzig for the opening remains to be seen. The exhibition at the Museum für Bildende Kunst in Leipzig will be on show through July 7.”

Yoko Ono requests photographs of women’s eyes for Leipzig retrospective
”For the project Arising, she asked “women of all ages, from all countries of the world” to send “a testament of harm done to you for being a woman” and a photograph, of just their eyes, to be exhibited as part of an installation that she says will travel on from Leipzig around the world.”

”YOKO ONO. PEACE IS POWER”, MUSEUM FÜR BILDENDE KUNST, LEIPZIG, GERMANY: 4.4.-7.7.2019