Yoko Ono on Display

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An exhibit celebrates the artist’s 80th birthday.

It’s a testament to Yoko Ono’s smart, strange and affecting art that works like Cut Piece, a 1964 performance in which the artist invited audience members to take a pair of scissors and snip away at her clothes, still feel daring and new, creating a squirm-inducing dynamic that feminist artists continue to explore today. In honor of Ono’s 80th birthday, Frankfurt’s Schirn Kunsthalle will show the breadth of the peace-loving conceptual artist’s staggeringly inventive oeuvre. The exhibition features films, photographs, sketches, sculptures, documentation of past performances and room-sized installations (like Morning Beams, 1996–97, in which white ropes stretch downward from a skylight as if radiating outward from the sun itself). Collaborations with her late husband, John Lennon, are on view as well, including Fly, an experimental film that they made in 1970 in which the irksome insect navigates a naked woman’s body.

“Yoko Ono: Half-a-Wind Show. A Retrospective” runs through May 12 at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt; June 7 to September 29 at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; October 19 to February 23, 2014, at the Kunsthalle Krems, Krems an der Donau, Austria.