Yoko Onos performances and actions of the 1960s and 1970s have achieved cult status. Some of them will be performed and exhibited at the Kunsthaus Zürich. The artist is personally involved in the exhibition’s conception.

Poetry meets conceptual art and performance

Admission

CHF 23.–/18.– (concessions and groups) inclusive Collection.
Free admission for members, children and young people under the age of 17.

Note for groups

We look forward to welcoming you to the Kunsthaus. For organizational reasons, prior registration is required. info@kunsthaus.ch, +41 44 253 84 84

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Since the beginning of her career, Yoko Ono has explored issues of socio-political importance that are still highly relevant today. From early on, she has been committed to peace in the world and the feminist cause. Ideas always play a central role in her work: sometimes she formulates them in a playful and humorous way, sometimes quite radically, and then again very poetically. Some are transformed into objects while others are left immaterial. Yoko Ono’s artistic oeuvre is correspondingly diverse, encompassing sculptures, works on paper, installations, performances, film and music. Kunsthaus curator Mirjam Varadinis, in collaboration with Yoko Ono and her long-time curator Jon Hendricks, has selected some 60 of them to arrange into an exhibition.

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YOKO ONO. THIS ROOM MOVES AT THE SAME SPEED AS THE CLOUDS Installation view Kunsthaus Zürich, 4 March – 29 May 2022 Photo: Franca Candrian, Kunsthaus Zürich © Yoko Ono
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Yoko Ono, Film No. 4 (‘Bottoms‘) / [Fluxfilm No. 16], 1966 Filmstrip © Yoko Ono
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Yoko Ono, Mend Piece, 1966/2017, From: You & I, A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, 13 September 2017 – 28 January 2018, Photo: Andrew Juries, Courtesy of A4 Arts Foundation, © Yoko Ono
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YOKO ONO. THIS ROOM MOVES AT THE SAME SPEED AS THE CLOUDS Installation view Kunsthaus Zürich, 4 March – 29 May 2022 Photo: Franca Candrian, Kunsthaus Zürich © Yoko Ono
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Yoko Ono, Family Album / Blood Objects - Exhibit G: Baseball Bat, 1993, Photo: David Behl, © Yoko Ono
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Yoko Ono, Wish Tree, 1996/2022, View of the exhibition at Kunsthaus Zürich, Photo © Franca Candrian, © Yoko Ono
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Yoko Ono, Sky Piece to Jesus Christ, 1965/2013, Performed in conjunction with YOKO ONO: HALF-A-WIND SHOW - A RETROSPECTIVE, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, 7 June – 9 September 2013, Photo: Bjarke Ørsted, Courtesy of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, © Yoko Ono

A selection of central works from all creative periods will be shown, with a focus on the early work. The presentation is not a classic retrospective, but will revive over fifty years of artistic creation with a fresh view from today. Visitors will be involved in a variety of ways. Accompanying the exhibition, a diverse performance programme is planned in which important works by Yoko Ono will be restaged. Yoko Ono is personally involved in the conception of the exhibition.

To accompany the exhibition and the performance programme, we release a publication with texts by various authors, including contributions by RoseLee Goldberg, Catherine Morris, Dorothee Richter and Emma McCormick-Goodhart.

LOCATION OF THE EXHIBITION IN OUR VISITORGUIDE

Performances

SKY PIECE TO JESUS CHRIST, 1965/2022

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Thursday, 3 March, 6 pm

To mark the opening of the exhibition we present the celebrated performance from 1965. In SKY PIECE TO JESUS CHRIST (1965), the members of a chamber orchestra and their instruments are wrapped in gauze bandages as they play, until they are unable to continue. In cooperation with the Collegium Novum Zürich

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VOICE PIECE FOR SOPRANO, 1961 /2022

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Friday, 4 March to Sunday, 29 May

Visitors activate the performance with the instructions provided and the microphone. Those who want to may shout.

13 DAYS DO-IT-YOURSELF DANCE FESTIVAL, 1967 /2022

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Tuesday 8 to Sunday 20 March

Yoko Ono's short instructions transform the audience into performers outside the museum. For the re-staging at the Kunsthaus, visitors will receive a card with instructions each day when they buy a ticket. These can also be downloaded daily here.

TOILET THOUGHTS FILM NO. 3, 1968 /2022

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Mid-March to end of April

With this work, Yoko Ono wants to encourage toilet-goers in the city to write down their thoughts on the 365 posters distributed throughout the city and thus leave a message. Freedom and liberation play a central role. What many see as vandalism becomes an invitation in Yoko Ono's work.

CUT PIECE, 1961 /2022

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Friday 8 April 2022, 6 p.m.

One of Yoko Ono’s most famous performances is restaged. CUT PIECE has come to be seen as an important precursor of later feminist performance art, since it deals with voyeurism and violence against the female body. Rong Xie restages this iconic work for the Kunsthaus Zürich. One time only!

Cost: CHF 15 / CHF 10 (concessions)

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BAG PIECE, 1966 / 2022

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Sunday 27 March 2022, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday 28 April 2022, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday 19 May 2022, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The early performance from 1966 is reactivated at the Kunsthaus. In BAG PIECE, the performers climb inside a black cloth bag and transform it into a living sculpture. With Neil Höhener.

Cost: included in the exhibition ticket.

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9 CONCERT PIECES FOR JOHN CASE, 1966 /2022

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Sunday, 15 May, 2 pm

Sylwia Zytynska invites you to become part of this performance and follow Yoko Ono's instructions in your own way. Also suitable for children.

Costs: CHF 15.- / CHF 10.- (reduced and members)
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Yoko Ono in Zürich

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Exil Club, Photo © Nelly Rodriguez
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Zukunft Club, Photo © Nelly Rodriguez
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Löwenbräu area, Photo © Nelly Rodriguez
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Kunsthaus Zürich Chipperfield-Building, Photo © Nelly Rodriguez
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Bar 3000, Photo © Nelly Rodriguez
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Bar 63, Photo © Nelly Rodriguez
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Rote Fabrik, Photo © Nelly Rodriguez
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Kronenhalle, Photo © Nelly Rodriguez
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Variete Club, Photo © Nelly Rodriguez

ACCOMPANYING PROGRAMME

From idea to exhibition

Thursday 17 March 2022, 6 p.m.

A discussion on the background and genesis of the exhibition with Yoko Ono. Learn more about the concept development, background and realization of ‘YOKO ONO. THIS ROOM MOVES AT THE SAME SPEED AS THE CLOUDS’. With Kunsthaus curator Mirjam Varadinis and Christoph Stuehn.

Cost: CHF 10 / CHF 8 (concessions). Free with a valid exhibition ticket and for members.

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Yoko Ono: Ideas for Peace

Sunday 27 March 2022, 10.30 a.m.–12.30 p.m.

A workshop for families with children aged 5 and over

The Kappel Milk Soup and Yoko Ono’s actions for global peace are not just worlds apart, but centuries apart. Art inspires us to think about issues of peace. In the workshop, we’ll design posters: War is over – if you want it!

Cost: adults CHF 10 / CHF 5 children and young people

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‘nachtaktiv’ – a ‘nocturnal’ museum evening for young people aged 16 to 25

Thursday 31 March

Kunsthaus curator Mirjam Varadinis and Christoph Stuehn provide an introduction to the exhibition. With DJ and bar. An initiative of the universities of Zurich and Basel and the ETH Zurich.

Costs: Admission free.

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People & bodies

Sunday 3 April and Sunday 1 May 2022, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

In art, the body is at once object, tool and medium: figures use gestures to tell stories, artists leave traces and use performances to express their ideas and thoughts. In the workshop, you’ll have a go at staging yourself, using paints, clay, photos and more.

Art laboratory for all – before or after visiting the exhibition.

Cost: included in admission price, booking not required

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Reading and talk

Sunday 22 May, 2 p.m.

The author Nicola Bardola reads from his biography of Yoko Ono (in German).

Costs: Free with a valid exhibition ticket and for members, otherwise CHF 10 / CHF 8 (concessions).

FURTHER INFORMATION WILL FOLLOW

Ill. above: Yoko Ono, Cut Piece, 1964/65, Performed in: NEW WORKS OF YOKO ONO, Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, 21, March 1965 Photo: Minory Niizuma, © Yoko Ono

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