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Yoko Ono is a multi-media artist who constantly challenges the traditional boundaries of art. She is known for her groundbreaking conceptual and performance pieces, experimental films and music.

Yoko Ono was born in Tokyo in 1933. She moved to New York in 1953 to study music composition and poetry, and was one of the initiators of the city’s early performances and avant-garde art activities, with germinal activities such as a one-woman exhibition of conceptual paintings at the AG Gallery, and a solo concert at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1961.

She was extremely influential in the formation of Fluxus that year as well.
In 1962, on her return to Japan, she did a one-person solo performance and conceptual exhibition of her Instruction pieces at The Sogestu Art Center, Tokyo.

In 1964 she performed Cut Piece in Kyoto and then Tokyo, and published her legendary artist book Grapefruit. In New York in 1965, she made several films, including the first version of Film No. 4 (Bottoms) and a participatory environment, The Stone.

In fall of 1966, she participated in the “Destruction in Art Symposium” in London, and held her major exhibition “Unfinished Paintings and Objects” at the Indica Gallery, where she first met John Lennon. During the next several years in London and New York, she made a number of important films and records, including “Fly,” and formed The Plastic Ono Band.

In 1971, a retrospective titled “This Is Not Here” was held at the Everson Museum of Art, New York.

Since the late eighties, Yoko Ono has shown in numerous museums and kunsthalles around the world, and was the subject of three major touring exhibitions: “Have You Seen the Horizon Lately,” organized by the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; “YES YOKO ONO,” organized by the Japan Society in New York; and “BETWEEN THE SKY AND MY HEAD,” organized by the Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany.

She has exhibited in several editions of the Venice Biennale, and received the prestigious Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2009 Venice Biennale.

Also in 2009, she made the important exhibition “ANTON’S MEMORY” at the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice.

Yoko Ono first showed her work in Rome at the Studio Stefania Miscetti in the exhibition titled “A Piece of Sky,” 1999. The gallery also sponsored two projection events, Lighting Piece in Florence (1995), and Smile Event in 1996, which was held simultaneously with the Yoko Ono film festival at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in 1996.

Her most recent album, “Between My Head and the Sky,” 2009, has received international critical acclaim.

Yoko Ono is well known for her peace initiatives, first with her husband John Lennon, Bed-In for Peace and War Is Over! (If You Want It), and more recently with her IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Iceland and participatory Wish Trees throughout the world.

Reflecting on her reputation for being outrageous, Yoko smiles and says, “I do have to rely on my own judgment, although to some people my judgment seems a little out of sync. I have my own rhythm and my own timing, and that’s simply how it is.”

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Yoko Ono è un’artista multi-mediale che sfida continuamente i confini tradizionali dell’arte. E’ conosciuta in campo internazionale per le sue innovative performance e opere concettuali, per la sua musica e film sperimentali.

Yoko Ono è nata a Tokyo nel 1933. Si trasferisce a New York nel 1953 per studiare composizione musicale e poesia. È stata tra gli iniziatori delle prime performance e attività artistiche d’avanguardia newyorkesi, attraverso esperienze germinali come la sua mostra personale di opere concettuali alla AG Gallery e un concerto da solista al Carnegie Recital Hall nel 1961. Nello stesso anno è stata fondamentale per la nascita e la formazione del movimento Fluxus,

Nel 1962, ritornata in Giappone, ha realizzato una performance ed una mostra dei suoi Instruction pieces al Sogestu Art Center, Tokyo.

Nel 1964 presenta Cut Piece a Kyoto e poi a Tokyo e pubblica il suo leggendario libro d’artista Grapefruit.

Nel 1965 a New York realizza molti film, tra cui la prima versione del Film No. 4 (Bottoms) e l’ambiente partecipativo The Stone. Alla fine del 1965 partecipa alla “Destruction in Art Symposium” a Londra e realizza la sua mostra più importante “Unfinished Paintings and Objects alla Indica Gallery, dove conosce John Lennon. Negli anni successivi gira molti film importanti e registrazioni, tra cui Fly e fonda The Plastic Ono Band.

Nel 1971 ha luogo la sua prima antologica, intitolata This Is Not Here all’ Everson Museum of Art, New York.

Negli anni Ottanta Yoko Ono espone in molti musei e kunsthalles in giro per il mondo ed è la protagonista di tre mostre itineranti: Have You Seen the Horizon Lately, organizzata dal Museum of Modern Art di Oxford; YES YOKO ONO, organizzata dalla Japan Society di New York; e BETWEEN THE SKY AND MY HEAD, organizzata dal Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germania.

Ha esposto in molte edizioni della Biennale di Venezia, ricevendo nel 2009 il prestigioso Leone d’Oro alla carriera.

Sempre nel 2009, realizza “ANTON’S MEMORY” alla Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, a Venezia.

Il suo album più recente si intitola “Between My Head and the Sky,” 2009. Ed ha ricevuto numerosi apprezzamenti.

Yoko Ono è molto conosciuta per le sue azioni pacifiste, iniziate col marito John Lennon, Bed-In for Peace e War Is Over! (If You Want It), e recentemente con IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Islanda e con i Wish Trees che hanno attraversato il mondo.

Riflettendo sulla sua reputazione controversa, Yoko dice sorridendo: “Posso solo fare affidamento sul mio giudizio, anche se per alcuni il mio giudizio è fuori luogo. Ho il mio ritmo e i miei tempi, e semplicemente è così”.


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