One day I broke a mirror: Yoko Ono exhibition at Villa Medici in Rome

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Artist, even provocative, before being Mrs. Lennon. The fatal femme or the witch jap according to its enemies, considered the breaking element of the most important band in the history of music.

Yoko Ono landed in Italy with the exhibition “One day I broke a mirror”, realized with Claire Tabouret, visitable until July 2 in the splendid setting of Villa Medici in Rome, two steps from Trinità dei Monti.

The route dampens the spectator in repeated sensorial stimuli that project him back in the years, activism and pacifism of John and Yoko at the end of the Sixties, commitment to minority rights, the wise use of the media. And just two lines lined with old-fashioned cathode-ray TVs, facing each other, open the artistic itinerary, recalling the two beds in (in Amsterdam and Montreal) that the couple set up live on television, celebrating his honeymoon by conveying the pacifist message. “Give Peace a Chance,” Lennon sang on the bed of his own bedroom, next to Yoko, while fans and enthusiasts spun time with their hands, in what would become one of the “no war” marches of those years. It continues with another decisive element in the artistic and sentimental association between the former Beatle and the Japanese artist: the stairs, bordered by panels on the wall that engrave some life notes, such as “breathe”, “feel”, “remember”, “come on”, “fly” and that powerful semantic universe enclosed in “imagine”, which can not fail to return to Lennon’s famous hit in 1971.
The presence of Claire Tabouret manifests herself in her packed and armored bodies, in her feminine depictions or in the army of masked children with bright lances.

The stairs were said. Visions that return to half show, when the scene of the first encounter between Lennon and Yoko was played in a room during an installation played at the London Indica Gallery in 1966: the viewer is invited to climb on a stairway on which a magnifying glass hangs from the ceiling, Beyond which the word “yes” is read. On the wall they are also written some sentences that have made the history of the relationship between the two, as “this is not here” which also appears in the “Imagine” video.

“I do not realize immediately,” said the musician, “but it was clear that I had met the woman and that from then on my relationship with the boys (the Beatles, ndr) would change.”

The itinerary ends in the gardens of Villa Medici, with a delicate floral space dedicated to olive trees and trees for peace: here the artists urge the visitor to leave their pacifist ticket to attack the plants. There are those who write Imagine, who give Peace to Chance, who War Is Over. The Beatles broke up in 1970, Lennon was assassinated ten years later, to retrace the love story between John and Yoko must go back forty forty years now, but here time seems to have stopped at Swinging London of the years Sixty.

PHOTO CREDIT VINCENZO PASTORE

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