Yoko Ono, the legendary artist and activist, is coming to Tate Modern with a major retrospective of her work. The exhibition, titled Yoko Ono: Music of the Mind, which will run from 15 February to 1 September 2024, will showcase Ono's diverse and influential oeuvre, spanning seven decades of artistic experimentation and social engagement.

Yoko Ono is one of the most influential and pioneering artists of our time, who has challenged conventional notions of art, feminism and activism. She was born in Tokyo in 1933 and moved to New York in 1953, where she became involved in the avant-garde scene in the city. She met John Lennon in 1966 and they collaborated on many projects, such as the famous Bed Peace in 1969. After Lennon's death in 1980, she continued to create and exhibit her work around the world, as well as supporting various causes and campaigns.

The exhibition at Tate Modern will explore the breadth and diversity of Yoko Ono's work, from her early experiments with conceptual art and performance, to her iconic works such as Cut Piece (1964), where she invited the audience to cut off her clothes with scissors, the banned Film No. 4 (Bottoms) (1966-67), and Wish Tree (1996), where she invited people to write their wishes on paper and hang them on a tree. The exhibition will also include some of her recent works such as Arising (2013), where she asked women to send her photographs of their eyes along with stories of discrimination they have faced, also Sky TV for Washington DC (2014), where she installed a live feed of the sky above the US Capitol on a large screen. Another one is Earth Piece (2024), a large-scale installation that consists of a giant globe covered with soil from different countries. Visitors are encouraged to touch the soil, plant seeds, or take some home with them.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a rich programme of events, including talks, workshops, performances, and screenings. There will also be a catalogue featuring essays by leading scholars and critics, as well as interviews with Ono and her collaborators. Yoko Ono: Music of the Mind has been organized by Tate Modern, London in collaboration with Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf and has received the gracious support of John J. Studzinski CBE. More information about this exhibition and other events happening at Tate Modern can be found here and here.

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