Yoko Ono

  • Installation view from "Garasu no kado" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016 © Yoko Ono photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Garasu no kado" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016 © Yoko Ono photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Garasu no kado" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016 © Yoko Ono photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono "Glass Hammer", 1967 / 2014, Glass, 22.9 × 11.4 × 1.9cm, ed. 6 © Yoko Ono
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono "A CLOUD SHOVEL", 1971 / 2015, Glass, Overall Dimensions: 17.8 × 17.8 × 30.5cm, ed. 6 © Yoko Ono
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono "KEYS TO OPEN THE SKIES", 2016, Glass, Background: 19.1 × 25.4 × 1.9cm, Keys: 11.4cm, ed. 6 © Yoko Ono
  • Installation view from "LIGHT" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2011
  • Installation view from "LIGHT" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2011
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono AIR CLOCK 2011 mixed media h.43.0 × w. 25.7 × d. 11.0 cm YO-11-01-02
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono 空のほこり SKY DUST(夢) 2011 100.0 x 80.5 cm Japanese ink on canvas
  • Installation view from "LIGHT" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2011
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono 空のほこり SKY DUST(春想) 2011 japanese ink on canvas 250 x 200 cm YO-06-02
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono 空のほこり SKY DUST(夏望) 2011 japanese ink on canvas 250 x 200 cm YO-06-03
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono 空のほこり SKY DUST(秋夢) 2011 japanese ink on canvas 250 x 200 cm YO-06-04
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono 空のほこり SKY DUST(冬眠) 2011 japanese ink on canvas 250 x 124 cm YO-06-05
  • Installation view from "LIGHT" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2011
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono 空のほこり SKY DUST(夢) 2011 japanese ink on canvas 250 x 124 cm YO-06-06
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono 空のほこり SKY DUST(想夢) 2011 japanese ink on canvas 250 x 200 cm YO-06-07
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono 空のほこり SKY DUST(永遠) 2011 japanese ink on canvas 250 x 200 cm YO-06-08
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono 空のほこり SKY DUST(祈念) 2011 japanese ink on canvas 250 x 200 cm YO-06-09
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono 空のほこり SKY DUST(夢想) 2011 japanese ink on canvas 250 x 200 cm YO-06-10
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono 灯への道 TO THE LIGHT 2011 mesh, wood, metal, light installation variable YO-01
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono ミエナイ人タチ INVISIBLE PEOPLE (4 figures) 2011 acrylic dimension variable YO-03-01
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono ミエナイ人タチ INVISIBLE PEOPLE (3 figures) 2011 acrylic dimension variable YO-03-02
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono ミエナイ人タチ INVISIBLE PEOPLE (2 figures) 2011 acrylic dimension variable YO-03-03
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono ミエナイ人タチ INVISIBLE PEOPLE (1 figure) 2011 acrylic dimension variable YO-03-04
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono ミエナイ人タチ INVISIBLE PEOPLE (1 figure) 2011 acrylic dimension variable YO-03-05
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono 百足 CENTIPEDES 2011 silicone dimension variable YO-04
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono "Glass Hammer", 1967 / 2014, Glass, 22.9 × 11.4 × 1.9cm, ed. 6 © Yoko Ono
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono "A CLOUD SHOVEL", 1971 / 2015, Glass, Overall Dimensions: 17.8 × 17.8 × 30.5cm, ed. 6 © Yoko Ono
  • Installation view from "Garasu no kado" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016 © Yoko Ono photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Garasu no kado" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016 © Yoko Ono photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • オノ・ヨーコ Yoko Ono "A CLOUD SHOVEL", 1971 / 2015, Glass, Overall Dimensions: 17.8 × 17.8 × 30.5cm, ed. 6 © Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono was born in Toyo in 1933 and after finishing her study in philosophy in Japan, she moved to New York in 1953 and became part of the city’s vibrant avant-garde activities. Since the 1960’s Ono has had many exhibitions and performances around the world, many of which are now historically well remembered for their contributions to the progress of art history. Ono’s artistic formats have varied from fine art, music, film, performance, and poetry and she has influenced key artistic movements including, Fluxus, Conceptual Art, Video Art and Feminism.

She has had numerous museum exhibitions. Recent large-scale museum shows include “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971” at MOMA in 2015, and “YOKO ONO : FROM MY WINDOW” at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 2015. In the 2000’s, “Y E S YOKO ONO”, organized by the Japan Society in New York traveled to 6 cities in North America from 2000-2002 and also traveled in Asia from 2003 to 2004, including 5 cities in Japan (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the Hiroshima Contemporary Art Museum, Mito Art Center etc.) In 2009 Ono participated in the Venice Biennale where she received the prestigious Golden Lion award for Lifetime Achievement. She received the award “the 8th Hiroshima Art Prize” and held a solo exhibition The Road of Hope in 2010.

Selected solo exhibitions

2016 "Corner of Glass" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
"AN INVISIBLE FLOWER" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
"Lumiere de l'Aube" Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, France
2015 "THE RIVERBED" Galerie Lelong/ Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (-2016)
"FROM MY WINDOW" Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
"One Woman Show, 1960-1971" Museum of Modern Art, New York
"Golden Ladders" Faurschou Foundation, Beijing
"HIROSHIMA AIR CLOCK" International Conference Center Hiroshima, Japan [toured to Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art/ Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum]
2013 "Half-A Wind Show-A Retrospective" Schim Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfur; Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa, Spain; The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
"War Is Over! (If you want it)" Museum of Contemporery Art Australia, Sydney
2012 "LIGHT" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
"Our Beautiful Daughters" Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
"TO THE LIGHT I" Serpentine Gallery, London
"Grapefruit" Moderna Museet, Stockholm
2010 "The Road of Hope -Yoko Ono 2011" (in celebration of her winning the 8th Hiroshima Art Prize), the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
2009 "Anton's Memory" Palazzetto Tito, Venezia
2008 "Yoko Ono Fly" Ke Center for the Contemporary Arts, Shanghai; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
"Wish Tree for Tokyo" Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
"Imagine Peace Tower" Iceland Post, Reykjavik
"Between the Sky and My Head" Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany
"Touch Me" Galerie Lelong, New York
2007 "Il Giorno Della Memoria" Galleria D'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo (GAMeC), Bergamo, Italy
"Imagine Peace" University of Akron, OH, USA
"Fenster für Deutschland" Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany
2006 "Grapefruit" Berkeley Art Museum and Paci c Film Archive, The University of California, USA
2005 "Horizontal Memories" Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo;
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich
"SKY TV for Hokkaido (permanent installation)" Tokachi Millennium Forest, Hokkaido, Japan
2003 "Yoko Ono Women's Room" Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
"Odyssey of a Cockroach" Deitch Projects, New York; Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London
2000 "Yoko Ono -The Four Seasons and Film Stills" Ubu Gallery, New York
"Freight Train" Berlin; Yokohama Triennale, Kanagawa, Japan; MoMA PS1, New York; Detroit Institute of Arts "Ebro" Diputacion de Zaragoza, Spain
"Tajo" Museo Vostell Malpartida, Caceres, Spain
"YES YOKO ONO" Japan Society, New York [toured to 13 museums in USA, Canada, from 2000-03.
After that, the show toured Asia from 2003-4 including five cities in Japan which encompassed the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Art Tower Mito and the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art.]
1999 "Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?" Israel Museum, Jerusalem
"Impressions" Bergen Kunstmuseum, Norway
1998 "Wish Trees for Brazil" Theatro Nacional & Pantheo, Brasilia
1997 "Conceptual Photography" Fotogra sk Center, Copenhagen; Toldkammaret, Helsingör, Denmark;
Konsthallen Goteborg, Gothenburg, Sweden
"En Trance-Ex It" Consorci de Museus de la Comunitat Valenciana, Valencia
"Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?" Museum of Modern Art Oxford, UK; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Museum Villa Stuck, Munich
1996 "Spots on the Wall and Blue Room" Gallery 360°, Tokyo
"Mindscapes" Randers Kunstmuseum, Randers, Denmark
"The Yoko Ono Film Festival Smile Event" Studio Stefania Miscetti/ 2RC Edizioni d'Arte, Roma
"Fly" Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA
1995 "Sphere 9" Fundacio Pilar i Joan Miro a Mallorca, Spain
"3 rooms" Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy
1994 "Half Full/ Half Empty/ 2" Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, CA, USA
"Franklin Summer '94" Galerie und Edition Hundertmark, Cologne
"Lighting Piece" Studio Stefania Miscetti, Roma
1993 "Waiting for the Sunrise: Exhibit A-O" Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica
"Family Album" Stiftung Starke, Berlin
"Glimpse" Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloom eld Hills, MI, USA
"A Piece of Sky" Galleria Stefania Miscetti, Roma
1992 "Endangered Species 2319-2322" Mary Boone Gallery, New York; Stiftung Starke, Berlin; Ludwig Museum, Budapest; Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; Spiral Garden, Tokyo
"Color, Fly, Sky" Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde, Denmark
1991 "Birch Monologue" Porin Taidemuseo, Pori, Finland
"Peace! Fridur!" The Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum
1990 "In Facing" Riverside Studios, London/ Elwick Grover Aicken, Brighton, UK
"To See the Skies" Fondazione Mudima/ Nuove Edizioni Gabriele Mazzotta, Milano
"Insound/ Instructure" Sonia Henie and Niels Onstad Foundation, Hovikodden, Norway
"En Trance" Randers Kunstmuseum, Denmark
"Fumie" Sogetsukaikan, Tokyo
1989 "Objects, Films" Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
"The Bronze Age" Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloom eld Hills, MI, USA Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain (FIAC), Grand Palais, Paris
1988 "Three Events" Gallery of Art, University of Missouri, Kansas City
1971 "This Is Not Here" Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York
1968 "Water Show" Arts Lab Center, London
"Four Thoughts: Yoko Ono and John Lennon" Arts Lab Center, London
1967 "Un nished Paintings and Objects" Camden Square, London
"Yoko Ono at Lisson: HALF-A-WIND SHOW aka YOKO ONO PLUS ME" Lisson Gallery, London
1966 "Yoko at Indica" Indica Gallery, London
1964 "STRIP-TEASE-SHOW (concert)" performed "Cut Piece" "Bag Piece" Sogetsu Kaikan Hall, Tokyo
1961 AG Gallery, New York

Selected group exhibitions

2017 "Japanorama. New vision on art since 1970" Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
2013 "±1961: Founding the Expanded Arts" Museum Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
"Love, Now More Than Ever" Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2012 "Invisible: Art about the Unseen, 1957–2012" Hayward Gallery/ South Bank Centre, London
"Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde" Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York
"Explosion! Painting as Action" Moderna Museet, Stockholm
2010 "Changing Channels: Art and Television 1963-1987" Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna
"Aware -Art Fashion Identity" Royal Academy of Arts, London
2009 "The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989" Guggenheim Museum, New York
2008 "Drawn in the Clouds" Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
"Far East" Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK
"Dissonances: Japanese Six Artists" Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
"Mobile Art : Chanel Contemporary Art Container By Zaha Hadid" Star Ferry Car Park, Hong Kong
2007 "Making a Home: Japanese Contemporary Artists in New York" Japan Society, New York
"All About Laughter: Humor in Contemporary Art" Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
"Art, Anti-Art, Non-Art: Experimentation in the Public Sphere in Postwar Japan, 1950-1970" Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
2002 "What's Fluxus? What's Not! Why" Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasilia
1999 "Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s-1980s" Queens Museum of Art, New York
1993 "In the Spirit of Fluxus" Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
1990 "Ubi Fluxus ibi motus: 1990-1962" Ex Granai della Republblica alle Zitelle/ Fondazione Mudima/Nuove Edizioni Gabriele Mazzotta, Venezia
1988 "Fluxus: Selections from the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Collection" The Museum of Modern Art, New York
1966 "Judson Gallery Presents The Stone by Anthony Cox, Sound Forms by Michael Mason, Eye Bags by Yoko Ono, Film Message by Jeff Perkins, Air: Jon Hendricks" Judson Gallery, New York