January 18, 2005 - Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art - Yoko Ono – ‘Horizontal Memories’
January 18, 2005

Yoko Ono – ‘Horizontal Memories’

Onochord, (c) Yoko Ono 2005

Yoko Ono: Horizontal Memories
22 January – 8 May 2005

Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art
Dronningensgate 4, 0107
Oslo, Norway
T +47 22 93 60 60
F + 47 22 93 60 56
info [​at​] fearnleys.no


Yoko Ono is one of the most important artists working today, known for her instructions, installations, films, music, sculptures and photos. Horizontal Memories is a representative display of Yoko Ono’s work, from the Sixties to the present day.

Horizontal Memories concentrates on Yoko Ono’s impact on approaches to the conception of art, and on her own critical take. Since the Sixties, Yoko Ono’s idea-based work has been led by her ambition to dematerialize art. Her poetic and intellectual work contains references to Fluxus and conceptual art, and plays out in close contact with the viewer.

Horizontal Memories encourages active involvement on the part of the public. Yoko Ono has created several instructions in the shape of badges, which will be freely distributed. Art lovers will have an opportunity to catch her work outside the museum too, via their mobile phone and the Internet. Her work My Mummy was Beautiful will be shown on Clear Channel billboards on the streets of Oslo, along with several of her instructions. And the museum will be showing one of Yoko Ono’s most prestigious installations, together with her conceptual photos, music and sculptural work.

Yoko Ono’s films will be screened at Filmens Hus at Dronningens gate 16, just up the road from the Astrup Fearnley Museum, under a special programme organized in cooperation with Cinemateket. Further screenings will take place in connection with Yoko Ono’s FLY exhibition, on show in the Art Arcade (Kunstpassasjen), at Jernbanetorget tube station. Norwegian public radio (NRK) are broadcasting Yoko Ono’s 13-day-do-it-yourself dance festival for Norway, starting Monday, 24 January.

Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art invited Hans Ulrich Obrist to curate Water Event. Working alongside Yoko Ono, Obrist and the museum invited artists from every corner of the globe to fashion a water receptacle, and to dedicate the water in these to a particular person, country or cause. Every one of these receptacles will be displayed at the museum during the exhibition.

The exhibition is a production of the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art. It is curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran, Grete Arbu and Hanne Beate Ueland, and Hans Ulrich Obrist for Water Event.

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