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Who is Yoko Ono?

Meet this artist, musician and activist

Part of UNIQLO Tate Play in partnership with UNIQLO. Please visit the Tate Website with an adult.

Where was she born?

Yoko Ono was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1933. She now lives in the United States and spent some time there when she was growing up.

What is she known for?

She is known as an artist, a musician, a filmmaker and an activist for peace. She’s made many music albums and has had art exhibitions all around the world.

An illustration of Yoko Ono surrounded by a typewriter a microphone a computer and paintbrushes

Tell me something about her art!

In 1964, Yoko Ono published a book of instructions called ‘Grapefruit’... yes, like the fruit!

Some of the instructions are short, just one word long, and others have many parts inviting you to make, move and imagine. If you follow these instructions, on your own or with others, you are invited to take part in artworks. You can fold paper and read. You can dance with chairs. You can make a wish. You can sweep, breathe and whisper – together, alone or even in your mind!

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.

Yoko Ono

Is there a wish or an idea that you want to bring to life?

Yoko Ono with Half-A-Room 1967 from HALF-A-WIND SHOW, Lisson Gallery, London, 1967. Photo © Clay Perry

Visit UNIQLO Tate Play: Yoko Ono: Do it Yourself at Tate Modern, Daily from 30 March to 14 April 2024. Please visit the Tate Website with an adult.

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