Yoko Ono is one of the most influential artists of our time.

On the occasion of her eightieth birthday, the SCHIRN is preparing an extensive retrospective.

Yoko Ono, Walking On Thin Ice, Video still, 1981, © Yoko Ono

Through a consideration of characteristic works from the last sixty years, it will showcase the wide variety of media the artist has worked in, and the central themes of her oeuvre.

Ono became well known in the early 1960s with her germinal work, which first appeared in New York and then in Japan.

This work included “Instructions for Paintings”, exhibited in 1961 and 1962, “Cut Piece”, and the publication of “Grapefruit” in 1964, which solidified that reputation.

The exhibition takes a particularly close look at Ono’s works from the sixties and seventies, including her influence on Fluxus, Concept Art, Performance, Environments, film, music, her work for peace, and her role in pioneering those groundbreaking ideas.

Several large installations and other current works will also be exhibited.

Yoko Ono, Half-A-Room, Lisson Gallery, London, 1967, photo: Anthony Cox, © Courtesy LENONO PHOTO ARCHIVE


Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Römerberg, 60311 Frankfurt, Germany

15 February – 12 May 2013

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Yoko Ono. Half-A-Wind Show. Retrospective at Schirn Kunsthalle (VIDEO)

by Vernissage TV, Huffington Post

Yoko Ono: For most people she is just the widow of John Lennon, or even the woman who broke up the Beatles. What most people don’t know is her work as an avant-garde artist. With the large retrospective Yoko Ono. Half-A-Wind Show. Eine Retrospektive, the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt am Main in Germany wants to highlight her pioneering role as an artist, as a groundbreaking protagonist of the early conceptual, film and performance art. This video provides you with an exhibition walkthrough, an introduction by curator Ingrid Pfeiffer, and an excerpt of Yoko Ono’s statements at the press preview. In this excerpt, Yoko Ono emphasizes the importance of the artist, and talks about politicians, the search for truth, and what she believes the individual can do to make this world a better place.

The retrospective Yoko Ono: Half-A-Wind Show at Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt presents around 100 objects, films, installations, photos, drawings, and text-based work. The exhibition focuses especially on Yoko Ono’s works from the 1960s and 1970s. On display are installations and objects such as Half-A-Room (1967), Air Dispensers (1971), Water Event (1971), Danger Box (1971), and Amaze (1971); films such as Film No. 4 (Bottoms) (1966), Fly (1970), and Film No. 5 (Smile) (1968); and Yoko Ono’s music, presented in a special music room. Among the newer works on display are Franklin Summer Drawings(1995-), Vertical Memory (1997), En Trance (Revolving Door Version) (1998), Touch Me (2008/2009) – and a work that Yoko Ono has developed specifically for the exhibition in Frankfurt, the installation and performance Moving Mountains. The exhibition runs until May 12, 2013.

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