Yoko Ono: ‘The Road Of Hope’ Mori Art Museum Lecture

Mori Art Museum is pleased to present “MAM Art Course No.13: Yoko Ono – The Road of Hope’” on Thursday, 4 August, 2011.

The “Mori Art Museum Art Course” is a series of educational courses exploring diverse facets of contemporary art. The courses are divided into three themes, A, B and C – Art, Business and Culture – and investigate the complex web of relations that exists between art and society. To examine art and society from extensive points of view, lecturers have been invited from not only the art world but also from various fields, including political scientist Kang Sang-jung and philosopher Azuma Hiroki. For this 13th and the final session in the course, the lecturer will be Yoko Ono, an acclaimed international artist who is active on the world stage.

For this 13th and the final session in the course, Yoko Ono, the recipient of the Hiroshima Prize that is awarded to the artist who made the utmost contribution to peace for humankind in the art field, will talk about the messages she would like to convey to the Japanese people today, facing multiple crises since the Great East Japan Earthquake in March, 2011.

Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono is an artist whose thought provoking work challenges people’s understanding of art and the world around them. From the beginning of her career, she was a conceptualist whose work encompassed a number of performance, instructions, film, music and writing.

Ono was born in Tokyo in 1933, and moved to New York in 1953, following her studies in philosophy in Japan. By the late 50s, she had become part of the city’s vibrant avant-garde activities. Her conceptual works “Instruction Paintings,” “Cut piece,” “The Stone” and the book “Grapefruit” are world widely known.

In 1969, together with John Lennon, she realized a performance “Bed-in” and the worldwide “War Is Over! (if you want it)” campaign for peace.

Ono has had numerous exhibitions, including traveling exhibitions organized by the Museum of Modern Art Oxford and the Japan Society in New York. In 2009, she received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the Venice Biennale. In 2011, she will have several exhibitions including a solo show at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, and is being honored with the prestigious Hiroshima Art Prize.

She is working tirelessly for peace with her “IMAGINE PEACE” campaign from 2007.

YOKO ONO: “The Road of Hope”

Yoko Ono Exhibition for the 8th Hiroshima Art Prize
Saturday, 30 Jul – Sunday, 16 Oct, 2011

Yoko Ono, who for over half a century has continued to work as an artist while delivering her message of “love and peace,” was awarded the 8th Hiroshima Art Prize this year .She will hold a solo exhibition titled “The Road of Hope” at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art from 30 July till 16 October.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki witnessed two of the greatest tragedies in human history.

Now we have witnessed the Great East Japan Earthquake, which took so many lives, and the unprecedented catastrophe of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.

The new exhibition will be a requiem for those whose lives were lost and an attempt to console those who experienced the tragedy directly. With a new installation that will suggest a “road of hope,” the exhibition will be a message from Ono to the world.

Yoko Ono: ‘The Road Of Hope’ Mori Art Museum Lecture

Date: 19:00-20:30 Thursday, 4 August 2011
Speaker: Yoko Ono (Artist, Musician and Peace Activist)
Venue: Grand Ballroom East, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, 3F, Roppongi Hills
Organizers: Mori Art Museum, Academyhills Corporate Sponsor: UBS Group Capacity:400 (Bookings Required) Admission: General 3,000 yen ; MAMC Member 2,000 yen * This Lecture is made possible by the generous support from the Mori Art Museum Best Friends.

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