Yoko Ono is an artist whose thought-provoking work challenges people’s understanding of art and the world around them. From the beginning of her career, she was a conceptualist whose work encompassed performance, instructions, film, music, sculpture, installation and writing.
Ono was born in Tokyo in 1933, and moved to New York in 1953, following her studies in philosophy in Japan. By the late 1950s, she had become part of the cityʼs vibrant avant-garde activities. In 1960, she opened her Chambers Street loft, where she hosted a series of radical performances and exhibited realizations of some of her early conceptual works. In 1969, together with John Lennon, she realized Bed-In, and the worldwide War Is Over! (if you want it) campaign for peace.
In 2007, Ono created the permanent installation IMAGINE PEACE TOWER on Viðey Island, Iceland, and continues to work tirelessly for peace with her IMAGINE PEACE campaign. In 2009 Ono received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the Venice Biennale.