The Universe Of Yoko Ono: A Retrospective

Ana B. Remos

A retrospective exhibition of the work of the iconic Yoko Ono hits Europe and the US.


The German gallery, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, acts more like a museum than a commercial exhibition space or gallery, perhaps because its mission is not, necessarily, limited to the art trade. In fact, the German word, kunsthalle, means “an art gallery not dedicated to the sale of artworks”. This institution was founded in 1986 and is located in Frankfurt’s old town with a total exhibition space of 21,500 square feet of prime real estate.

Yoko Ono

Without a permanent collection of its own, the gallery has entered into partnerships with some of the world’s leading museums to present its exhibitions. These include Paris’s Centre Pompidou, London’s Tate Gallery, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt deserves credit for an excellent selection of thematic shows, primarily from the avant-garde, as well as for the presentation of the works of Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Alberto Giacometti, Frida Kahlo, Bill Viola, Arnold Schoenberg, Henri Matisse, Julian Schnabel, James Lee Byars, Yves Klein and Carsten Nicolai.

On the occasion of the 80th birthday of the legendary Yoko Ono, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt presented, earlier this year, the exhibition Yoko Ono. Half-a -Wind Show. A Retrospective, currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art in Louisiana, Denmark, until September 29. The display will then move to the Kunsthalle Krems, in Austria, where it will be open to the public from the 20th of October until February 23rd, 2014. The tour culminates at the Guggenheim Museum, in Bilbao, Spain.

Yoko Ono

Denmark’s Museum of Modern Art Louisiana presents a selection of Yoko Ono’s works from the last 50 years to illustrate the variety of media she has mastered, as well as her thematic concerns. The show zooms into her artistic production from the 1960s and 70s and its influence on the Fluxus movement, conceptual and performance art, installations, film, music, and her commitment to peace and feminism.

Yoko Ono. Half-a -Wind Show. A Retrospective showcases about 200 objects, films, installations, photographs, drawings and texts, including Instruction Paintings, first shown in 1961 and her 1964 performance titled Cut Piece.

PHOTOS: Al images courtesy Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark.


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