Yoko Ono

United States of America/Japan


Ono has had several exhibition retrospectives including the 1989 Whitney Museum of American Art, 2000 Japan Society Gallery in New York City, and in 2015 at the New York City Museum of Modern Art. She has received several awards, including the 2001 award for International Association of Art Critics USA Award for Best Museum Show (one of the highest accolades in the museum profession and was exhibited around the world), a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the Venice Biennale, and the Observer Ethical Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 for activism over half a century. 

Yoko Ono previously participated in the 2005-2007 Vancouver Biennale exhibition, and re-issued her IMAGINE PEACE billboards for the 2018-2020 Vancouver Biennale re-IMAGE-n exhibition. 

 From October 9, 2021 to May 1, 2022, the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibited GROWING FREEDOM: The instructions of Yoko Ono / The art of John and Yokowhich underscored the cornerstones of action, participation and imagination in the work of Yoko Ono and examined the collaborative works she undertook with her late husband John Lennon.