View of “Yoko Ono,” 2011. Center: The Doors, 2011. Walls: Negai (Wish), 2011.

Yoko Ono

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

View of “Yoko Ono,” 2011. Center: The Doors, 2011. Walls: Negai (Wish), 2011.

This exhibition, held in celebration of Yoko Ono’s winning the Hiroshima Art Prize (an award dedicated to artists who have contributed to the preservation of “the spirit of Hiroshima”), demonstrated the strength of Ono’s art and the ways it is sustained by its confrontation with the absurdities of life and by the artist’s knack for firing the spectator’s imagination while using simple, everyday objects. She teaches us to turn physical perceptions into philosophical interpretations.

Maintaining Ono’s clean, poetically allusive, open-ended visual vocabulary, the show responded both to the special historical significance of Hiroshima as the first target of the atomic bomb and to the more recent disaster of the Tohoku earthquake from this past March. Twelve of the thirteen large installations inside and outside the museum building were created in 2011. Many displayed Ono’s metonymic

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