From 30 March to 14 April 2024, Tate Modern offers an immersive experience with the works of a leading figure in participatory art. The event, ‘UNIQLO Tate Play: Yoko Ono, Do it Yourself’, spreads throughout the gallery and its surroundings.
It features interactive pieces based on Ono’s groundbreaking 1964 book ‘Grapefruit’. These range from simple actions like ‘BREATHE’ or ‘WHISPER’ to more complex phrases and imaginative tasks, encouraging visitors to engage creatively and introspectively.
As guests traverse the gallery, they’ll encounter Ono’s evocative instructions, guiding them on a unique, self-directed exploration of imaginative play. This event coincides with Tate Modern’s major exhibition ‘Yoko Ono: Music Of The Mind’, offering a deeper dive into Ono’s influential, multi-decade artistic journey.
The exhibit covers seven decades of Ono’s impactful and diverse artistry from the mid-1950s. It showcases the evolution of her groundbreaking work and its significant influence on modern culture.
Developed closely with Ono’s studio, the exhibition features over 200 pieces, including instructional works, scores, installations, films, music, and photography. It highlights Ono’s innovative use of language, art, and interactive participation, demonstrating its relevance and resonance in today’s world.
Yoko Ono: Music Of The Mind is open from 15 February – 1 September 2024
About Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono, born in Tokyo in 1933, is a multifaceted artist known for her influential work in visual art, performance, and music. An avant-garde visionary, she moved to New York in the 1950s, immersing herself in the city’s vibrant art scene. Ono’s early work was marked by its experimental nature, often blending performance art with feminist and pacifist themes.
She gained widespread recognition through her marriage to John Lennon of The Beatles, but Ono’s artistic legacy extends far beyond this association. Her conceptual art, particularly her “instruction pieces,” challenges viewers to engage in imaginative and interactive ways.
Ono’s contributions to music are equally significant, with her experimental and innovative approaches influencing many contemporary genres. She has been an outspoken activist for peace and women’s rights, using her art as a platform to promote these causes. Despite facing significant public scrutiny and criticism, Ono has remained a resilient and pioneering figure in contemporary art, continuously evolving and influencing generations of artists and activists.
For more information, go to Tate Modern’s website.