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.”
Image: John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Montreal, 1969. Photograph by Gerry Deiter.
‘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.”
“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.”
Images: © Yoko Ono and Getty Images
“YOKO ONO. PEACE IS POWER”, MUSEUM FÜR BILDENDE KUNST, LEIPZIG, GERMANY: 4.4.-7.7.2019