Yoko Ono (b. 1933) is one of the most influential artists of our time. Her performances and works of the 1960s and 1970s have achieved cult status and are charged with new relevance from today’s perspective. Since the beginning of her career, Yoko Ono has dealt with important socio-political issues that are still highly relevant today: from early on, she has been committed to peace in the world and to 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 very varied and includes sculptures, works on paper, installations, performances, film and music.
The exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zürich presents a selection of key works from all periods of her artistic career, with a focus on the early years. Ono’s oeuvre, spanning over half a century, is reinvigor-ated with a fresh, contemporary perspective and actively engages visitors on a number of levels.
Yoko Ono is personally involved in the conception of the exhibition, and the works are being selected in collaboration with the artist and her long-time curator Jon Hendricks.
The exhibition is accompanied by a multifaceted programme in which important pieces are performed.
Yoko Ono, Cut Piece, 1964 /1965, Performance at the Carnegie Recital Hall, New York City, 21 March 1965, Photo Minoru Niizuma, © Yoko Ono