Guggenheim Bilbao acquires Yoko Ono works

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While MoMA announces “One Woman Show” on the artist

The US artist has donated Wish Tree for Bilbao, 1996/2014

As the Guggenheim Foundation’s board announced that it had formally approved a 20-year extension of its longstanding partnership agreement with the Guggenheim Bilbao, which the Spanish media first reported last month, it was also revealed that the Guggenheim satellite has acquired two works by Yoko Ono. The US artist has donated Wish Tree for Bilbao, 1996/2014, a participatory installation that asks museum-goers to write a hope or dream on a piece of paper and hang it on an olive tree, andHichiko Happo, 2014, a series of nine canvases painted by Ono as part of a performance staged during her retrospective at the Guggenheim Bilbao in March.

The Guggenheim has also revealed its schedule for next year. After retrospectives by Niki de Saint Phalle in February and Jeff Koons in June, major shows planned for autumn 2015 include an exhibition of landscapes by the US artist Alex Katz, due to open in October, and “Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design”, which will trace the relationship between design and other disciplines including art, illustration, film, photography and architecture.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Museum of Modern Art in New York announced that it would be giving the artist her first solo exhibition at the museum, more than 40 years after she announced her purely conceptual “one woman show” in 1971 that involved releasing a swarm of flies into the city and inviting visitors to hunt them down. “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971” (17 May-7 September 2015) is to include 125 of her early works, installations, performances, along with documentation, drawn largely from the 2008 gift of the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection. The show is organised by MoMA curator-at-large and PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach, with the curator of prints and drawings Christophe Cherix and curatorial assistant Francesca Wilmott.

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