Yoko Ono (b. 1933) is a visionary, pioneering artist with a career that now spans over fifty years. During the 1950s in Tokyo, she introduced original questions concerning the concept of art and the art object, breaking down the traditional boundaries between branches of art. She has been associated with Conceptual art, performance, Fluxus, and happenings of the 1960s, and is one of very few women to have participated in these movements. Through her works of instructions and performances, as well as her activism, she has created a new kind of relationship with spectators in general and fellow artists, including her late husband John Lennon, inviting them to play an active part in the creative process. She also brings together two cultures – Eastern and Western – which extend and strengthen each other in continuous innovation.
About the curators
Gunnar B. Kvaran
Gunnar B. Kvaran was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1955. He received a P.H.D. in Art History from l’Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France in 1986. Kvaran was director of the Reykjavik Art Museum between 1989 and 1997, and from 1997 to 2001 was Director of the Bergen Art Museum, Norway. He has been Director of the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway since 2001. Kvaran was co-curator for the 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2007, curator for the Lyon Biennale in 2013, co-curator of the Belgrade Biennale – October Salon (together with Danielle Kvaran). Recently, he curated the exhibitions: Anselm Kiefer - Livres et xylographies (together with Natalia Granero), Yoko Ono: THE SKY IS STILL BLUE, YOU KNOW..” (Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Sao Paulo Brazil), Los Angeles a Fiction (together with Thierry Raspail and Nicolas Garait), Cindy Sherman: Untitled Horrors(together with Daniel Birnbaum); Matthew Barney: Bildungsroman, Andy Warhol by Andy Warhol, China Power Station (co-curated together with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton-Jones).
Caroline Andrieux is the founder and artistic director of the Quartier Éphémère and the Darling Foundry, where she pursues the mission of strengthening artists’ presence in the city and asserting the role of art in society. A space dedicated to the visual arts and their presentation, the Darling Foundry is renowned for its reinvention of exhibition modes and for offering a new articulation of contemporary art. The uniqueness of its approach is exemplified by its diversity of exhibition formats and the many presentation options it offers artists. It engages the public in novel experiences and provides meeting platforms that help bind communities closer together.
Andrieux has recently curated major exhibitions of Quebec artists’ works at the Darling Foundry, among them Night School by David Armstrong Six (2019), Buveurs de Quintessence, a group show presented at the Darling Foundry (2018) as well as Casino-Luxembourg (2019), and The Silver Cord (2018). She has completed her PhD thesis in Art History, “Une dialectique du vide en art: New York à l'avant-garde (1964-1975),” under cotutelle of the Sorbonne (Paris 1) and UQAM, and continues to conduct research into contemporary art. In 2009, she was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by France’s Minister of Culture.