artist / participant
Opening: June 23rd, 7PM
Curators: Agustín Pérez Rubio and Gunnar B. Kvaran
This is the first retrospective of artist Yoko Ono (Tokyo, 1933)—an essential figure in conceptual and participatory contemporary art—to be held in Argentina. The show includes over eighty works, among them objects, videos, films, installations, sound pieces, and recordings produced from the early sixties through the present. The cornerstone of the show is the Instructions Pieces, which Ono has been working on for over fifty years. The artist will travel to Buenos Aires in June to attend the opening.
Through her works, Ono has created an array of relationships with viewers, inviting them to play an active role in her art’s creative process. She uses a clear language to produce objects, events, rituals, and actions that are consummated, both materially and mentally, by the audience.
Simple and poetic messages, the “instructions” invite viewers to perform certain actions. They formulate questions about the conceptual basis of the work of art, viewers’ participation in its material production, the ephemeral, and the desanctification of the art object.
The exhibition project contains two discrete instances: the show itself in MALBA’s galleries and the exhibition and communication of many works in the public space (signs, buses, billboards), the mass media (newspapers, magazines, radio, and television), and the social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr), where Ono is also a point of reference.