Yoko Ono's Meltdown

In June 2013, 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.

Watch a short trailer for the artist’s Hayward Gallery exhibition
Find out about one of Riley’s first colour canvases
Find out about one of Riley’s earliest black-and-white paintings
Find out why this early painting is a key work for Riley
Go deeper into the exhibition, How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s
Find out how the artist creates the intricate sculptures on display in HENI Project Space
Hear from three of the artists involved in Kiss My Genders in this roundtable discussion
Find out more about Hayward Gallery’s 2019 summer exhibition
The artist discusses her exhibition in Hayward Gallery’s HENI Project Space
Take a first look at Kader Attia’s Hayward Gallery exhibition in this short video
Find out more about the artist’s poetic and politically engaged work
Take a look at the work of the Danish-Icelandic artist
Watch the acclaimed artist discuss the process behind her distinctive Fox Talbot inspired photogravure prints
Read an interview with the artist and sculptor on his current Hayward Gallery roof commission
Free, interactive artworks appear at Southbank Centre this summer
Enjoy a unique view of the final pyramid rooflight's delivery to the gallery roof.
The new billboard art-work, Station II (2015) by Noémie Goudal, is installed at Hayward Gallery
The Infinite Mix presents UK premieres of audio-visual artworks by leading international artists
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This video promotes The Infinite Mix exhibition, presented by Hayward Gallery, in association with The Vinyl Factory.

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Marianne Faithfull and Bill Frisell perform songs from Yoko Ono's Meltdown
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