Yoko Ono, ‘Grapefruit’, 1964, Fondation Beyeler

Visitors are encouraged to touch one another in the dark. Some may be blindfolded, others may
discover pencils to write messages on the walls, challenging each visitor’s sense of intimacy and privacy.

Image rights: Photo David Behl; © David Behl and Yoko Ono. Courtesy of Yoko Ono

About Yoko Ono

Known for her experimental art, music, filmmaking, and feminism, as well as for her marriage to John Lennon, Yoko Ono was a major figure in the 1960s New York underground art scene, and she continues to produce work and make headlines today. Of several iconic conceptual and performance art pieces that Ono produced, the most famous is Cut Piece (1964), first performed in Tokyo, in which she kneeled on the floor of a stage while members of the audience gradually cut off her clothes. In the ’60s and ’70s Ono was associated with the Fluxus movement—a loose group of avant-garde Dada-inspired artists—and produced printed matter, such as a book titled Grapefruit (1964) containing instructions for musical and artistic pieces. Other works include Smoke Painting (1961), a canvas that viewers were invited to burn. John Cage was a major influence and collaborator for Ono, as was the godfather of Fluxus, George Maciunas.

Japanese, b. 1933, Tokyo, Japan, based in New York, New York