Yoko Ono's Meltdown

In June 2014, the 20th anniversary year of Meltdown, Yoko Ono curated a specially created series of events and unique collaborations.Highlights included the long-awaited first show in five years from Siouxsie, the legendary Patti Smith and Iggy & The Stooges, as well as the first performance of the entire of John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy album.

There were also two weekends of talks and debates. Activism Weekend  featuring the Guerrilla Girls, the launch of new book Let’s Start a Pussy Riot and more. The Future Now weekend opened with Yoko Ono in conversation with Serpentine Gallery curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist.

Also at the festival, Peaches performed Yoko Ono’s seminal performance art piece, Cut Piece, therewere installations across the site and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus came to visit, running an intensive programme for groups of local young people on how to make music videos and reportage films.

As part of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown our neighbours at the BFI (British Film Institute) also put together a selection of Yoko’s favourite films, including an exclusive screening of Battleship Potemkin with an introduction by the Pet Shop Boys, plus rarely seen films by John and Yoko.

Read an interview between the artist and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff
Watch a short introduction to the exhibition from Jeff L. Rosenheim
Find out more about the artist’s poetic and politically engaged work
The curator of diane arbus: in the beginning and The Met’s Collections Specialist discuss Arbus’ early photographs
The artist introduces her work ahead of its installation at Royal Festival Hall
Find out more about this sculpture
Ahead of his Hayward Gallery exhibition, the artist discusses his work with Ralph Rugoff
The artist discusses art, archives and tabloid news
The aerospace engineer turned artist introduces his piece Untitled (1971) in this short video
Specially commissioned fiction by writer Ben Eastham, inspired by Emmanuelle Lainé’s exhibition
Senior Curator Cliff Lauson discusses the Hayward Gallery exhibition Space Shifters
Hayward Gallery Senior Curator Dr Cliff Lauson on opportunities presented by touring the exhibition
Hear the sculptor talk about his distinctive work in this short video
The artist discusses her site-specific installation in Hayward Gallery’s HENI Project Space
Find out about Yayoi Kusama’s installation, part of Space Shifters
Take a look at the work of the Danish-Icelandic artist
Find out about Anish Kapoor’s outdoor sculpture, part of Space Shifters

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