THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener, ON is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition featuring works by the world-renowned artist Yoko Ono.

ADD COLOUR | A Yoko Ono Exhibition at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener, Ontario will feature 10 pieces hand selected by the artist and will run throughout the summer months.

Yoko Ono is a multi-media artist whose thought provoking work challenges people’s understanding of art and the world around them. From the beginning of her career in the early 60s, she was a conceptualist whose work encompassed performance, instructions, film, music, and writing. In 1969, together with her husband John Lennon, she realized Bed-In, and the worldwide War Is Over! (if you want it) campaign for peace. Yoko Ono’s creative influence and prolific output continues to inspire new generations.

The works chosen for THEMUSEUM bring a message of peace to the world.

The interactive pieces encourage visitors to participate- from hanging a personal wish on Wish Trees for Kitchener to proclaiming your love via a special code to mending broken pottery. Each piece allows the visitor to reflect on the message and make a contribution together to a larger work.

“Think peace. Act Peace. Spread Peace.
I love you!” – y.o. spring 2012

“Yoko Ono is an incredibly important artist on a historical, international level,” says David Marskell, THEMUSEUM’s CEO. “Part of our mandate is to scan the globe for fresh cultural content and present this community with diverse voices. Yoko Ono’s message can be experienced through the pieces in this show and it’s one worth sharing.”

ADD COLOUR | A Yoko Ono Exhibition opens at THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener May 12th and runs through September 3rd.


by Yoko Ono
Canvas, wood, chair, paints, paintbrush.

In September 1966 Yoko Ono travelled to London to participate in the Destruction In Art Symposium (DIAS), organised by Gustav Metzger, presenting her ideas in public lectures and performances, and private conversations during the month-long event.

Through Mario Amaya, the editor of Art & Artists, Ono met John Dunbar and was offered an exhibition at Indica. The new work was cool and non-emotive. Empty white surfaces whose size and relationship to the wall marked them unmistakably as paintings. Or, ‘paintings-to-be’, since all the works at Indica were listed as “unfinished”, including ‘Add Colour Painting’, wood panels with cutout perspex covering, brushes, and paints. Blank, white, and waiting, these paintings were an open invitation.

An installation of mostly white and transparent objects, the Indica show was in many ways her most cohesive of the decade, both visually and conceptually.

Joan Rothfuss/Bruce Altshuler, “The Early Conceptual Work of Yoko Ono,” Yes Yoko Ono, (New York: Japan Society and Harry N. Abrams, 2000).

“I call this Add Colour Painting. It is very important to have art which is living and changing. Every phase of life is beautiful; so is every phase of a painting”
Yoko Ono


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