15 February – 1 September 2024
Yoko Ono with Glass Hammer 1967 from HALF-A-WIND SHOW, Lisson Gallery, London, 1967. Photograph © Clay Perry / Artwork © Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono is a leading figure in conceptual and performance art, experimental film and music. Developing her practice in America, Japan and the UK, she is renowned for her activism, work for world peace, and environmental campaigns. Ideas are central to her art, often expressed in poetic, humorous and radical ways.
Spanning more than seven decades, the exhibition focuses on key moments in Ono’s career, including her years in London from 1966 to 1971, where she met John Lennon.
The show explores some of Ono’s most talked about artworks and performances, from Cut Piece (1964), where people were invited to cut off her clothing, to her banned Film No.4 (Bottoms) (1966-67) which she created as a ‘petition for peace’.
Alongside her early performances, works on paper, objects, and music, audiences will discover a selection of her activist projects such as PEACE is POWER and Wish Tree, where visitors can contribute personal wishes for peace.
Through her instructions and event scores, Ono invites visitors to take part in both simple acts of the imagination and active encounters with her works.
More Info www.tate.org.uk
Copyright Text : Tate Modern
22 February – 7 July 2024
John Singer Sargent Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1864-1932) 1892 National Galleries of Scotland. Purchased with the aid of the Cowan Smith Bequest Fund 1925
Celebrated for his striking portrait paintings, this exhibition sheds new light on John Singer Sargent’s acclaimed works. It explores how he worked like a stylist to craft the image of the sitters he painted, who he often had close relationships with.
Sargent used fashion as a powerful tool to express identity and personality. He regularly chose the outfits of his collaborators or manipulated their clothing. This innovative use of costume was central to his artwork – for example, tugging a heavy coat tighter around a man to emphasise his figure or letting a dress strap sensuously slip from a woman’s shoulder. It was these daring sartorial choices that allowed him to express his vision as an artist.
Almost 60 of Sargent’s paintings will be on display, including major portraits that rarely travel. Several period garments will also be showcased alongside the portraits they were worn in. The show examines how this remarkable painter used fashion to create portraits of the time, which still captivate today.
More Info www.tate.org.uk
Copyright Text : Tate Britain
V&A to celebrate the power of the DIVA
Spectacular costumes worn by Maria Callas, CHER, Elton John, Janelle Monae and
Marilyn Monroe to go on display in major exhibition, DIVA
24 June 2023 – 7 April 2024
Photograph of Maria Callas in Verdi's opera La Traviata at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1958, England. Photo: Houston Rogers © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Elton John 50th birthday look with wig and boat hat, designed by Sandy Powell, 1997. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The V&A has announced details on the major new exhibition, DIVA. Opening in June, DIVA will
be the first exhibition of its kind to celebrate the extraordinary power and creativity of iconic
performers who have made their voices heard from the 19th century to today. The exhibition will showcase over 250 objects drawn from the V&A collection and loans from across the world, spanning fashion, photography, design, costumes, music, and live performance. Through theatrical staging and a sonic headset experience, DIVA will celebrate the powerful and personal stories of creativity, ambition, and resilience of some the best-known divas, from opera goddesses and silent movie stars to sirens of the big screen and
today’s global megastars. The exhibition also looks at how the performer has intersected with
society and driven change through their platform and profile for social good and political
change, including global civil rights and feminism. DIVA will demonstrate the phenomenal ability of the diva to transform, inspire and embrace the external and internal forces that contribute to defining, shaping, and worshipping a diva. Delving into the origins of the term ‘diva’ - meaning goddess in Italian - the exhibition
will explore how the meaning of the word has been subverted and embraced over time, and
how the label has been reclaimed by performers, their fans and wider society.
More Info www.vam.ac.uk
Copyright Text: Victoria and Albert Museum, London