July 17, 2012

Yoko Ono at Moderna Museet

Curiosity took me to Moderna Museet (modern art museum) the other day to see the Yoko Ono exhibition "Grapefruit". I've always been aware of her as a cultural figure... artist, Beatle-wife and icon, but I have not been very familiar with her art. "Grapefruit" is a smaller exhibition containing writings, sketches and films of the artist. The writings are in the form of instructions and ideas for conceptual art that the viewer can do themselves or just imagine (pun intended). Many of these gave me a chuckle. I especially enjoyed the films which highlight Ono as a performance artist. One such film documented a live performance where she invited audience members to come up on the stage and cut off a piece of her clothing. Be aware that some of the films might not be suitable for small children. This exhibition will be showing until September 16th.
Besides "Grapefruit", other current exhibitions at Moderna are "Explosion! Painting as Action" and "Sturtevant, Image Over Image". While at the museum, be sure to visit their café with wonderful views over the harbour and Standvägen as well as their museum shop which has a great selection of art & photography books as well as posters and other knick-knacks. The museum is located on the island of Skeppsholmen. The easiest way to get there from the Rival Hotel is by taking the Djurgårds ferry from Slussen. Just tell the ticket collector that you wish to go to Skeppsholmen.
View from museum café

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