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Yoko Ono: Music of the Mind

The artist’s radicalism is being celebrated at Tate Modern, in a show that spans 70 years of art-making

Half-A-Room, from HALF-A-WIND SHOW at Lisson Gallery London (1967), Yoko Ono. Photo: © Clay Perry

Tate Modern is paying tribute to Yoko Ono’s vast oeuvre in a sprawling retrospective that brings together over 200 photographs, films, interactive installations and other artworks. The exhibition spans 70 years, from the typescript of her innovative ‘instruction’ anthology Grapefruit, which was created between 1951 and 1963, to her 2017 installation PEACE is POWER, which features messages of hope sent in by the public and will be exhibited on gallery windows overlooking the Thames. There is a heavy focus on artworks made during the late 1960s – the period when Ono lived in London, fostering a network of counter-cultural figures, not least John Lennon, and producing some of her most overtly political work. Find out more from the Tate website.

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Add Colour (Refugee boat) (2016), Yoko Ono. Photo: © Musacchio, Ianniello & Pasqualini; © the artist

Fly (1970), directed by Yoko Ono and John Lennon. Courtesy and © the artist

Grapefruit, Page 11, SECRET PIECE (1964), Yoko Ono. Courtesy and © the artist

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