Yoko Ono: MEND PIECE for London

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    Yoko Ono, Mend Piece, 1966/2018, Broken cups and saucers, thread, glue, tape. Installation view: ‘You & I’, A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018. Image courtesy the artist. Photo: Kyle Morland.

Past Exhibition

This exhibition was on 25 August 2021 - 2 January 2022

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Yoko Ono: MEND PIECE for London

25 August 2021 – 2 January 2022

MEND PIECE for London

Mend carefully.
Think of mending the world
at the same time.


Whitechapel Gallery visitors are invited to respond to this instruction from artist, musician and activist Yoko Ono.

On entering Galleries 5 and 6, take a seat at a table on which are placed broken fragments of ceramic cups and saucers and some simple materials for repair – scissors, glue, twine and tape. When you have finished ‘mending’, you can display the results of your efforts along the shelves on the walls.

Ono first presented this work as Mending Piece I at her 1966 solo exhibition at Indica Gallery, London, a renowned centre for countercultural art. Titled Yoko at Indica: Unfinished Paintings and Objects, almost every work in the exhibition was designed to be completed through the actions of visitors. Such instruction-based works established Ono as an important figure in the development of both Fluxus and Conceptual art. Her extensive career has since spanned performance, writing, visual art, experimental music and film. A commitment to participation and collaboration has also informed ongoing and tireless campaigns for peace and non-violence.

MEND PIECE for London draws on the Japanese tradition of kintsugi, the art of repairing broken pottery using lacquer mixed with precious metals such as gold and silver. The process nurtures breakage as an important part of an object’s history, rather than seeking to disguise it. In this artwork, the physical act of repair becomes a timely metaphor for a different kind of mending which takes place in the mind and through community.

Transcript available.

Supported by:

Ceramics kindly provided by:
Burgess & Leigh Ltd @burleighpottery