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Our Beautiful Daughters
by Vadehra Art Gallery
Location: Vadehra Art Gallery
Artist(s): Yoko ONO
Date: 13 Jan - 10 Mar 2012

“Our beautiful daughters of the planet: each one of us is a being sent to earth to bring peace and happiness for all. Let’s have a clear vision about this. And know that this is the time to heal the world with WOMEN POWER. We can do it, and we will.”
— Yoko Ono 2012

Indian audiences will get a taste of avant-garde international art as Vadehra Art Gallery features, for the first time in India, the work of the legendary Yoko Ono. Her role as an artist, musician, filmmaker, and activist since the early sixties is of great significance to the art world, and continues to influence generations today.

Titled OUR BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS the exhibition will be held at Vadehra Art Gallery, D-178 Okhla Phase 1, New Delhi, will include Public Art Projects in over 20 venues in the city and a much anticipated performance by the artist herself. There will also be a parallel exhibition titled THE SEEDS at Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53 Defence Colony, New Delhi.

In the last decade there has been an increased interest in her work, from art enthusiasts, curators and scholars across the world. Yoko Ono was awarded the the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the Venice Biennale in 2009 and recently received the Hiroshima Art Prize this past summer. Following from a spate of exhibitions organised by important art museums and centres like SF MOMA, San Francisco; Japan Society, New York; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Art, Oslo; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; and Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Vadehra Art Gallery has invited Yoko Ono to exhibit in India for the first time ever.   

This is given Vadehra Art Gallery’s commitment to bringing the best of international art to Indian audiences and organising exhibitions that are normally showcased at large-scale museums.  Since 2006 we have held exhibitions by international artists like Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Bernd and Hilla Becher, making New Delhi a viable destination for the international art world at par with cities such as New York and London. 

The exhibition promises to generate unprecedented interest amongst Indian audiences given Yoko Ono's successful and prolific career as a peace activist, musician, and artist. While her fame cuts across generations, her practice also works at different registers. It is metaphysical, ephemeral and conceptual while all the time remaining accessible to the viewer. It blurs the boundaries between everyday life and art, and between spiritualism, poetry and political action. It invites participation and introspection from the audience and in fact depends wholly on this response for its activation and fruition as an art work.  It speaks of essential universal values of courage, peace and faith. It reiterates the power of collective will in bringing about change – what Yoko Ono referred to as ‘one mind’ in a public statement she gave after John Lennon’s death.

Among other things, the exhibition in India, OUR BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS brings into focus the issue of gender. Yoko Ono has always been committed to exploring the experiences of women and is creating a special new installation for India that will engage the audience and shed light on some of the challenges women face today. Apart from this latest installation, the exhibition in Delhi will recall some of her legendary instruction-based works. To give you an example, MY MOMMY IS BEAUTIFUL extends an invitation to viewers to cover empty canvases and walls with messages and photographs of their mother as a monumental dedication to motherhood and love. 

The parallel exhibition titled THE SEEDS will showcase some of Yoko Ono’s earlier work – films, collaborations with other artists, instructions, photographs – along with historical documentation of performances and installations to present a composite picture of her longstanding artistic career and commitment to peace.

Yoko Ono will give one of her legendary performances to Delhi audiences. Titled To India With Love, this will take place on January 15, 2012 at India Habitat Centre. The performance is supported by Outset India. 

Finally there will also be a series of public art projects, spread across over 20 venues in Delhi, co-organised by Vadehra Art Gallery and The Japan Foundation, with additional support from Outset India.  The projects include WISH TREES, which Yoko Ono first made in 1996 inspired by her childhood experience of visiting a temple in Japan where she would write a wish on a piece of paper and attach it to a tree branch. Yoko Ono has travelled the globe asking individuals to write their own hopes and prayers on paper tags. The wishes - currently totalling over a million - will be sent to the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, a memorial Yoko Ono created for John Lennon in 2007, on the Isle of Videy in Iceland. The other works include a set of ‘instructions’ as well as large scale banners that carry Yoko Ono’s specially chosen messages for India. 

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