Artworks by Yoko Ono featured at the Serralves Museum in April 2020

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"I thought art was a verb, rather than a noun."

Yoko Ono

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Serralves (MACS) hosts an exhibition by the Japanese-American Conceptual and Performance Artist, and musician Yoko Ono, also famous for her marriage to John Lennon, this April.

Yoko Ono's career spans several decades and many directions in art. This will be the largest ever retrospective of Yoko Ono's work in Portugal.

According to a press statement sent to the media by the Serralves Museum, "Yoko Ono's artwork has commenced, since her first years in New York and in Japan, the most radical artistic movement in the second half of the twentieth century, Fluxus, defying all convention and disciples through aesthetic anarchism that has transformed visual arts, music, cinema, theatre and activism".

The presentation is scheduled to happen in April, although it is not certain that Yoko will travel to Porto for the opening.

Yoko Ono was born in 1933, in Tokyo, Japan. She later moved to the USA and stared a career in artistic experimentalism, namely conceptual art.

Some key ideas about her work is that Ono's understanding of Conceptual Art involves the audience into the completion of the work, where anyone can be a part of it; also, Yoko Ono was one of the strongest feminist voices to emerge from the art world in the 60s. Her Cut Piece (1964), performance involved inviting audience members to take turns cutting off her clothes using a pair of scissors. This quite demonstrates Ono's pioneering force in eliminating boundaries in the art field.

In 1966, she met John Lennon; later, in 1969, they got married. The world still sees her as the reason why The Beatles" ended as a band.

Porto will put forward the work Yoko Ono developed throughout decades as a pioneer in conceptual art, in April, at the Serralves Museum. Stay tunned!