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Yoko Ono requests images of girls’s eyes for Leipzig retrospective

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Portrait of Yoko Ono
© Leipzig Museum der bildenden Künste. Photograph: Greg Kadel

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For her forthcoming exhibition on the Leipzig Museum of High-quality Arts, Yoko Ono has invited German artists to contribute half a sculpture and for girls from everywhere in the world to ship images of their eyes. Peace is Energy (four April-7 July) is her greatest retrospective thus far in a German museum.

Initially resulting from open in 2018, the exhibition was postponed as a result of preparations in New York and Leipzig proved extra complicated and time-consuming than anticipated, the museum mentioned in an announcement. The 86-year-old artist plans to attend the opening on three April.

Ono issued an invite to German artists to take part in a “water occasion” that can kind a part of the present. She requested them to supply her with a container which might kind half the sculpture, whereas she would provide the opposite half—the water.

For the venture Arising, she requested “ladies of all ages, from all international locations of the world” to ship “a testomony of hurt accomplished to you for being a lady” and {a photograph}, of simply their eyes, to be exhibited as a part of an set up that she says will journey on from Leipzig world wide.

The present will embrace 60 works; installations, movies, works from the Fluxus motion—of which she was one of many pioneers—and infrequently exhibited drawings. Ono’s final massive exhibition in Germany occurred six years in the past at Frankfurt’s Schirn. The Leipzig present is curated by Jon Hendricks, Ono’s pal and long-time collaborator, along with Alfred Weidinger, the director of the Leipzig Museum of High-quality Arts.

Two of her early efficiency works, Minimize Piece (1964), and Sky Piece to Jesus Christ (1965) can be staged on the opening on three April. A key focus of the present can be Ono’s Directions, courting from 1961, which posed the query of whether or not it was mandatory to indicate artwork when you might publish a information on the way to produce it that may give an thought of its content material.

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