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The Art of Yoko

January 18, 2016
Yoko Ono: Golden Ladders

Yoko Ono may be famous for her relationship with a certain Beatle, but the Japanese artist’s own work is inspiring and thought-provoking too. Until early July, the Faurschou Foundation presents Yoko Ono: Golden Ladders, a showcase of Ono’s most significant creations from her early years in the US, plus new offerings. This is the first solo exhibition of Ono’s art in Beijing, sharing her ideas-based, humane world view.
Audience participation is Ono’s go-to tactic, with a Wish Tree for Beijing garden of pine, bamboo and plum outside the gallery encouraging visitors to write a wish and hang it on a branch. The wishes will later be sent to Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, an outdoor ray of light dedicated to her husband John Lennon. 

Interaction is also key to Golden Ladders, which invites the public to add gold-coloured ladders to a display. ‘You should learn that the golden ladder you made will be your future,’ says Ono. ‘So think hard what you want your future to be!’ Pop-up concept work Word Pieces sees verbs such as ‘Dream’ and ‘Imagine’ appear on billboards and posters around town.

Ex It combines coffins with sinister trees to comment on human disasters; in To See The Sky a beautiful but shaky blue spiral staircase suggests the journey towards the light is accompanied by danger.

The privately owned, 2011-founded Faurschou Foundation introduces visitors to acclaimed contemporary artists such as Ai Weiwei, Louise Bourgeois, Shirin Neshat, Gabriel Orozco and Bill Viola, with exhibitions both in Copenhagen’s North Harbour and in Beijing’s edgy 798 Art District. Dare to dream…

Until 3 Jul, 2016.

Faurschou Foundation Beijing / 2 Jiuxuanquao Lu / +86 10 5978 9316 / 10am-6pm Tue-Sun /

Photo © Jonathan Leijonhufvud