Opening: 18.09.2008 at 7 pm (only with invitation)
On view through 11.11
CCA Ujazdowski Castle and public space in Warsaw
Author of the exhibition’s concept and curator:
Coordination: Gunnar B. Kvaran – director of the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo and Kaja Pawełek – CCA Ujazdowski Castle
For the past fifty years Yoko Ono has been a leading experimental and avant-garde artist – one of very few women – in an international context. In the course of time she has been associated with Conceptual Art, performances, Fluxus and happenings, but above all she has been an independent artist, a pioneer, who has decisively questioned the concept of art and the art object and has broken down the traditional boundaries between branches of art. Through her work she has created a different kind of relationship with the spectators, inviting them to play an active part in the making and creative procedure of the art work. In Yoko Ono’s art, two cultural worlds meet – the oriental and the western culture – which extend, strengthen and exalt each other in continuous innovation.
The exhibition Fly aims at bringing out decisive basic elements in Yoko Ono’s extensive and diverse artistic career. The exhibition is based on Yoko Ono’s Instruction works, which touch on or pose questions about the conceptual principles behind the art work, the participation of spectators in its production and its material realization, the ephemerality and de-sanctification of the object of art at the same time as these works, which have strong social and political references, express the critical vision of Yoko Ono.
The works in the exhibition in CCA Ujazdowski Castle, (Fly, 1970, 25 min film; Blue Room, 1966; Ex It, 1997; Amaze, 1971; Wish Tree, 1997; Telephone piece for Warsaw, 2008; Fly, 1963 and Memory Painting, 2008) have been selected by Yoko Ono.
Exhibition organised in co-operation with the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art / Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway
Project supported by Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, within the frame of the programmePromocja Twórczości (Creativity Promotion)
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is pleased to support the American Season with funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding
Exhibition patron: MT&DC Management Training & Developement Center
Strategic Sponsor: GENERALI Group
Partners: ELLE, TSE, Ströer Infoscreen, Design4Rent, TNS OBOP, Qchnia Artystyczna,Gąbczewscy
Media Partners: Gazeta Wyborcza, What’s Up, The Warsaw Voice, Aktivist, Exklusiv, Elle,Gentleman, Polityka