Yoko Ono:Retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon presents the first comprehensive retrospective in France of the internationally known artist, Yoko Ono: Lumière de l’Aube (Light of Dawn).
Ono is a rare individual, who emerged as a fully formed artist. Right from the start, she was working with new concepts and ideas, new ways of listening, new ways of making sound. Her education was philosophy, and the extraordinarily difficult times of war and displacement.
She was born in 1933, in Tokyo, and visited the United States when she was around 3 years old, but was forced to return with her family to Japan when the war broke out. During the bombing of Tokyo, she moved to the countryside with her brother. It was there that she discovered sky and imagination, seeing the sky as a peaceful oasis from the hardship that surrounded her.
By 1952, she had written her first Instruction Pieces.
During the winter of 1960, Ono developed the idea of her conceptual Instruction Pieces, displaying some at George Maciunas’ AG Gallery, which went on to become some of the fundamental bases of Maciunas’ Fluxus.
Her instructions given are a kind of written score, which allows a work to take on multiple forms: there is the text, written by the artist, and then there is its realisation, which can be influenced by any one of us with many resulting interpretations. For Yoko Ono ‘the instruction brings the concept of time into painting […] and breaks with the excessive solemnity of an original’.
The artwork does not require a museum or gallery space in order to exist, it can exist anywhere.
From that moment on, along with a few other artists, musicians, filmmakers, and choreographers, Yoko Ono made an important contribution towards redefining and considerably broadening the art of our time. She is a musician, a visual artist, one of the inventors of performance art, a video artist, and a peace activist.
Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon : MAC Lyon
81 Quai Charles de Gaulle
Admission fees and rates
- Ticket price: 15€
- Concession: 8€
- Free for under 15s