Yoko Ono: I'll Be Back (2010)

Yoko Ono: I’ll Be Back

Studio Stefania Miscetti is proud to announce “I’LL BE BACK,” a new exhibition by the artist Yoko Ono. This exhibition has been conceived especially for the Studio Miscetti gallery space, as an installation incorporating a dialogue with Italian Futurists’ fervor, using images, sound, appropriations and alterations.

I was walking into the Futurism exhibition at Tate Modern, the last day of my stay in London. Suddenly the Manifesto of Futurism hit my eyes…

My eyes rapidly became filled with tears and I could not read on…

Yes. yes. yes. We intend to sing the love of danger, the habit of energy and fearlessness… Courage, audacity, and revolt will be essential elements of our poetry. Exactly!

Audacity, audacity, audacity. Have you heard that word recently in a positive context?

Courage, audacity and revolt. Where are they? We had it once. That was Rock. But now you have to look hard to find it. Feverish Insomnia is our world. It is accelerating, as well. But Art is going the other way…to the graveyard of sleep and illusory ecstacy. Why? Some people even seem to have been insulted by my energy, mistaking audacity to agression, and fearlessness to something to fear.

Yoko Ono, June ‘09

(see full text here)

Yoko Ono: I'll Be Back (2010)

Yoko Ono: I'll Be Back (2010)

Yoko Ono: I'll Be Back (2010)

Yoko Ono: I'll Be Back (2010)

Yoko Ono: I'll Be Back (2010)

About Yoko Ono

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

Yoko was born in Tokyo in 1933.
1952 Studied at Gakushuin University
1953 to 1957 studied at Sarah Lawrence College.
1960 to 1961 presented avant-garde events and concert series in her loft in Chambers Street, New York, with La Monte Young.
1961, Met George Maciunas and became a seminal member of Fluxus.
1962, Yoko returned to Japan to present her one-woman exhibition at the Sogetsu Art Center, in Tokyo. That same year, performed a concert tour with Toshi Ichiyanagi, David Tudor and John Cage.
1964 she published her book, “Grapefruit: a Book of Instructions,” in Tokyo. The same year presented her now legendary performance art, “Cut Piece,” for the first time in Kyoto and then Tokyo.
1964 Yoko returned to NYC
1965 performed “Cut Piece” at the Carnegie Recital Hall.
1966 was a turning point for Yoko when she moved to London and had a one-woman show in Indica Gallery.
1967 was a full year with a one-woman show at Lisson Gallery , filmmaking – the controversial Bottoms Film (Film No. 4) and a performance in Knokke Film Festival in Belgium.
1968 Yoko performed her music works in Paris and in Albert Hall in London with Ornette Coleman.
1969 married John Lennon and formed The Plastic Ono Band.

Selected exhibitions include:

1971 “This Is Not Here” solo exhibition, Everson Museum of Art, New York
1989 “The Bronze Age” solo exhibition Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1990 “Fumie” solo exhibition, Sogetsu Museum of Art ,Tokyo
1993 Venice Biennale
1997 “Have You Seen the Horizon Lately” solo exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK-toured to Europe
2000 “Yes Yoko Ono” solo exhibition, Japan Society, New York-toured to Europe and Asia
2003 Venice Biennale
2007 Moscow Biennale
2008 “Between the Sky and My Head” solo exhibition, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany, and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art , Gateshead, UK.
2009 Anton’s Memory, Venice Biennale.

Awards/Honors include:

1981 Grammy Award for Album of the Year Double Fantasy
1997 The Art Institute of Chicago, Honorary Doctorate
2001 Liverpool University, Honorary Doctorate of Laws
2001 International Association of Art Critics USA Award for “YES YOKO ONO” Best Museum Show originating in NYC.
2002 Skowhegan Award for Assorted Mediums in Art
2002 Bard College, Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts
2003 MOCA Award for Distinguished Women in the Arts
2005 IMAJINE – Lifetime Achievement Award. Japan Society
2006 Cristobal Gabarron International Prize for Visual Arts
2008 College Art Association, Distinguished Body of Work
2008 National Arts Award, Americans For the Arts
2009  Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement, Venice Biennale
2009 MOJO Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award.
2010 Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts, ArtsTable

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.”

Yoko Ono: I’ll Be Back

opening : tuesday 25th of May 2010
last day : saturday 30th of October 2010

opening hours : from monday to friday from 4 pm to 8 pm
saturday only on appointment

Studio Stefania Miscetti
Via Delle Mantellate 14
Roma 00165, Italy [map]

Tel +39 06 68805880
[email protected]