Yoko Ono in UK

by Alain Chivilò


Before her 91st birthday, Tate Modern planned a major exhibition tribute to the Japanese artist Yoko Ono (Tokyo 18/2/1933).

From 15/2 to 1/9/2024, the most important and largest exhibition ever held in the UK dedicated to the artistic career of Yoko Ono. “Music of the mind” collects more than two hundred works including installations, photography, films, scores, educational pieces and music. Seventy years of career within various disciplines including performance, installation, interactive art, film, music up to the famous activism for peace.

Yoko Ono has always intended dynamic art, which allows participation and interaction. Strong, direct, visual messages aimed at highlighting habits, customs, negativity and positivity of the society we live in and everything that revolves around.

As announced in the exhibition itinerary, among the works present: Painting to See the Skies 1961, the 1966 installation SKY TV, Apple 1966, Half-A-Room 1967, Film No. 4 (Bottoms) 1966-7, Acorns for Peace 1969, ‘WAR IS OVER!’ (if you want it) 1969, Sisters O Sisters 1972, Woman Power 1973 and Rising 1995. Moreover, My Mommy Is Beautiful, first realised 2004, featuring a 15-metre-long wall of canvases in which visitors can attach photographs of their mother and share personal messages, PEACE is POWER 2017 and Wish Tree, 1996, inviting passers-by to contribute individual wishes for peace at the entrance to Tate Modern.

The title of the exhibition comes from Yoko Ono’s Music of the Mind series of concerts and events in London and Liverpool in 1966 and 1967. The show is supported by John J. Studzinski CBE with additional support from the Yoko Ono Exhibition Supporters Circle and Tate Americas Foundation. It is organised by Tate Modern, London in collaboration with Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf and curated by Juliet Bingham, Curator, International Art, Tate Modern and Patrizia Dander, Head of Curatorial Department, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, with Andrew de Brún, Assistant Curator, International Art, Tate Modern and Catherine Frèrejean, Assistant Curator, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.


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