Monday, June 18, 2012


By Eva Fydrych

Yoko Ono
19 June 2012 – 9 September 2012 

Yoko Ono with her Installation Morning Beams. Photograph: Glenn Copus/Rex Features

London, UK - On Tuesday 19 June 2012 the Serpentine Gallery will present a major exhibition of the work of celebrated artist Yoko Ono for the London 2012 Festival, which will include #smilesfilm, a large-scale participatory project.

The Serpentine’s timely exhibition will reflect upon the enormous impact that Yoko Ono has made on contemporary art, exploring her influential role in art, music, film and performance. Her first exhibition in a London public institution for more than a decade, Ono will present new and existing works, some of which have rarely been shown in the UK. These will include installations, films and performances, as well as architectural alterations to the galleries. 

Yoko Ono Smile 2010 © Yoko Ono

As a part of her exhibition, Ono will present #smilesfilm, a large-scale project which will be exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery and online for the London 2012 Festival. Conceived as a way of connecting people across the world, the project invites people to upload and send an image of their smiles, to create a global anthology of portraits. 

Yoko Ono said: "People from cities and countries around the world will be able to freely upload and send their smiles by mobile phone and computer to the world and it’s people. Each time we add our smiles to #smilesfilm, we are creating our future, together. Give us your smile! I love you!"

Yoko Ono Smile 2010 © Yoko Ono

Working as an artist, film-maker, poet, musician, writer, performance artist and peace activist for over five decades, Yoko Ono has influenced generations of artists and received numerous prestigious awards. In her prolific career, she has embraced a wide range of media, defying traditional boundaries and creating new forms of artistic expression. Born in 1933 in Tokyo, she is a pioneer of conceptual art. Her work has been presented internationally in major exhibitions and performances.

Yoko Ono at the Serpentine Gallery will be part of the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week UK-wide celebration featuring world leading artists from Midsummer’s Day on 21 June to the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012. For more information visit London 2012 Festival.

Source: Serpentine Gallery

Yoko Ono AMAZE, 1971 Installation View, "This Is Not Here" Everson Museum, Syracuse,
NY, 1971 Photo by Iain Macmillan © Yoko Ono 


Serpentine Gallery is one of London’s best-loved galleries for modern and contemporary art. Its Exhibition, Architecture, Education and Public Programmes attracts up to 800,000 visitors in any one year and admission is free.

In the grounds of the Gallery is a permanent work by artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, dedicated to the Serpentine’s former Patron Diana, Princess of Wales. The work comprises eight benches, a tree-plaque, and a carved stone circle at the Gallery’s entrance. In 2012, the Serpentine Gallery will open its new space, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. This innovative arts venue for the 21st century will be housed in the Grade II-listed building formerly known as The Magazine, situated in Kensington Gardens. 

Serpentine Gallery © 2006 John Offenbach

Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA 
Gallery open 10am to 6pm daily.
Admission free 

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