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.

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
The family-friendly interactive installation is back
Visitors the Hayward Gallery's 1971 exhibition of the works of Bridget Riley take in the art work.

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Find out about Bridget Riley’s long history with Hayward Gallery
Find out more about this influential artist, the subject of our major retrospective
Go deeper into the exhibition, How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s
Nicholas Hlobo introduces his work and discusses his use of materials in this short video
Tarini Malik and John Fleetwood discuss Thabiso Sekgala’s photographic legacy
The poet on the importance of Picasso’s work and the challenge of responding to it
The pair discuss their portrait of Al-Kadhi’s drag persona in this short video
Two artists from Kiss My Genders discuss figuration, abstraction, family and identity in this joint interview
The artist introduces his HENI Project Space exhibition in this short video 
Poet Richard Price and The National Poetry Library’s Chris McCabe on responding to Picasso’s Guernica
Watch this video introduction to the exhibition, featuring Guest Curator Vincent Honoré and Assistant Curator Tarini Malik
Find out how the artist creates the intricate sculptures on display in HENI Project Space
Find out more about Muholi’s self-portrait, part of their ongoing series Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail the Dark Lioness
Hear from three of the artists involved in Kiss My Genders in this roundtable discussion
Find out more about the first drag queen to run for president
Find out more about Hayward Gallery’s 2019 summer exhibition
Find out more about Hlobo’s sculpture
The artist discusses her exhibition in Hayward Gallery’s HENI Project Space
Take a closer look at one of the photographs in diane arbus: in the beginning
Take a closer look at one of the photographs in diane arbus: in the beginning
Find out more about this video installation
Take a closer look at one of the photographs in diane arbus: in the beginning
Find out more about this sculpture
Take a first look at Kader Attia’s Hayward Gallery exhibition in this short video
Find out more about this series of pieces
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
Find out about Monika Sosnowska’s architectural intervention, part of Space Shifters
The Academy award-winning art director on his incredible new project
Get a look at the mind-altering effects of the latest must see Hayward Gallery exhibition in our preview video
Find out more about Hayward Gallery’s new perception-altering exhibition
Find out about Richard Wilson’s perception-altering work, part of Space Shifters
Find out about Alicja Kwade’s maze-like installation, part of Space Shifters
Find out about Jeppe Hein’s kinetic sculpture, part of Space Shifters
Watch the fifth in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Dr. Cliff Lauson introduces Hayward Gallery's remarkable new group exhibition
A specially commissioned poem in response to an exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Read a short-story, written in response to an exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Watch the fourth in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
A discussion on approaches to drag, from Hayward Gallery Senior Curator Vincent Honoré
A specially commissioned poem in response to our exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Watch the third in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Find out more about this interactive sculpture
Watch the second in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Watch the first in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
See archive images from 50 years of Hayward Gallery exhibitions via this groundbreaking partnership
Find out how we’re celebrating the golden anniversary of our iconic art gallery
Find out more about one of Lee Bul’s intricate collages
Watch Stephanie Rosenthal, exhibition curator, introduce Hayward Gallery’s amazing exhibition of Lee Bul’s work
Find out more about one of Lee Bul’s immersive installations, Via Negativa II (2014)
The artist discusses her childhood in South Korea with exhibition curator Stephanie Rosenthal
Introducing Hayward Gallery's mid-career survey of the work of acclaimed artist Lee Bul
Find out more about Lee Bul’s iconic cyborgs
Have you noticed the bright new flags fluttering from Royal Festival Hall?
Find out more about one of Lee Bul’s early performances
Get a unique look into Hayward Gallery history with this remarkable anthology
Find out more about Tokyo (2017), one of Gursky’s most recent works
Enjoy a unique and in-depth insight into the photographer’s work in this video
Find out more about this image depicting North Korea’s Mass Games
Find out more about Utah (2017), a new work based on a mobile phone photograph
Watch Ralph Rugoff, Director of Hayward Gallery, introduce the gallery’s incredible Gursky retrospective
See how the return of Hayward Gallery, and its opening Gursky exhibition, went down with art lovers, instagrammers, critics and press.
Find out more about one of Andreas Gursky’s early photographs
Find out more about Salerno I (1990) – a pivotal image for the artist
After two years of painstaking restoration and refurbishment, our iconic art gallery is open to the public once again
Watch the acclaimed artist discuss the process behind her distinctive Fox Talbot inspired photogravure prints
Free, interactive artworks appear at Southbank Centre this summer
Watch an exclusive interview with the Turner Prize-winning sculptor
Read the remarkable story of Peter Laszlo Peri’s ‘lost’ sculpture.
Great news for fans of the Swedish pop sensations
The new billboard art-work, Station II (2015) by Noémie Goudal, is installed at Hayward Gallery
Hayward Gallery stages the first major retrospective of the work of photographer Andreas Gursky
The Infinite Mix presents UK premieres of audio-visual artworks by leading international artists
Bom Bom’s Dream (2016) follows the adventures of a Japanese dancer as she travels to Jamaica
This video promotes The Infinite Mix exhibition, presented by Hayward Gallery, in association with The Vinyl Factory.
One-year on from closing Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery for essential refurbishment, much has changed behind the hoardings that currently cover these iconic and much-loved venues.
Light Show brings together sculptures and artworks that use light in different ways.
This major survey exhibition covered every period of Tracey Emin's career
Pipilotti Rist talks about her exhibition Eyeball Massage
Hear Wolfgang Tillmans discussing his work
Ernesto Neto talks about his immersive, sensory installations
Watch the trailer for Ana Mendieta: Traces, the UK's first retrospective of her work
Are Baseltiz's views more widespread than we think or is he an old fashioned anomaly?
A survey of Martin Creed's playful, thought-provoking art
Walking in My Mind explores the inner workings of the artist's imagination
Introducing the performers - Move: Choreographing You at Hayward Gallery
Visitors to Carsten Höller's exhibition 'Decision' defy gravity in a flying machine
Fiona Skinner's film about Ed Ruscha's painting 'Noise', featuring The Smiths' Johnny Marr
Spartacus Chetwynd talks about her folding glass house for British Art Show 7
Brian Griffiths discusses his work for British Art Show 7
Jeremy Deller talks about how much joy there is in his exhibition and what influences his work
A behind the scenes look at Ernesto Neto Studio in Rio de Janeiro
The amazing travelling art show that happens every 5 years
Watch Ernesto Neto's work take shape in this time-lapse video
Now hear this! Let's have a bloody good bash at something!
Why bother saving the arts? In an era of cuts, is 'arts' a dirty word?
Members of the public became the art in this innovative exhibition
Steve Claydon talks about the influences of place and materials in his work
The immersive, sensory installations of Ernesto Neto transformed the upper spaces of the Hayward
The song that came free with the David Shrigley: Brain Activity exhibition catalogue
David Shrigley talks about working in different mediums and his show being 'all killer, no filler'
A specially composed soundscape to accompany the Amanda Parer installation
Comparing Hitler’s masterwork – The Triumph of the Will – and his 1937 ‘Degenerate Art’ exhibition
Short podcast featuring teenage artists
Hear about the influence of Picasso's Guernica
For many people, art makes it that little bit easier to be human
Artists inspire each other this month at Southbank Centre

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