A Major Yoko Ono Exhibition Is Coming to the Tate Modern Next Year

Yoko Ono: Music Of The Mind will be the UK’s largest-ever exhibition dedicated to the artist and activist

Next February, the Tate Modern will open Yoko Ono: Music Of The Mind, a new exhibition retracing the career of one of the most recognisable – and controversial – figures of the 20th century. Bringing together more than 200 artworks (spanning multiple decades and mediums) the show will explore Ono’s distinctive poetic and humorous style, and the lasting impact it has had on contemporary culture.

Expect to see a selection of Ono’s ‘instruction pieces’, which are written instructions for the viewer – ranging from ‘Fly’ or ‘Touch’, to ‘Listen to a heartbeat’ or ‘Step in all the puddles in the city’ – to imagine, experience, make or complete the work. These will appear alongside scores, installations, films, music and photography, with Ono’s radical, activist work at the heart of the exhibition.

Beyond the exhibition space, Ono’s work is set to take over other parts of the Tate Modern. The gallery’s windows that overlook the River Thames will display ‘Peace is Power’, first shown 2017, translated into multiple languages. Meanwhile, at the entrance to the Tate Modern, the 1996 interactive artwork ‘Wish Tree’ will invite passers-by to contribute their own wishes for peace.

Opens February 2023
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG