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Gallery: The sky’s the limit at Yoko Ono Cambridge exhibition




Yoko Ono’s fascination with the sky is the focus of a new exhibition at Downing College’s Heong Gallery.

The Sky Pieces exhibition by Yoko Ono is on display at The Heong Gallery at Downing College, Cambridge. Picture: Richard Marsham
The Sky Pieces exhibition by Yoko Ono is on display at The Heong Gallery at Downing College, Cambridge. Picture: Richard Marsham

Following her exile from Tokyo during the Second World War bombing raids, the sky has appeared repeatedly in Ono’s work as a metaphor for peace, freedom, the unknowable and the eternal.

The central piece of Yoko Ono Sky Pieces – which has been curated by Gabriella Daris – features a closed-circuit camera which will record the sky and transmit real-time images through a network of 25 television monitors into the gallery.

Dr Prerona Prasad, exhibitions and programming manager at gallery, said: “It’s 50 years since Yoko and John Lennon performed together at Lady Mitchell Hall – that was their first performance together, ever – so because of that there’s a whole series of events, and ours is the main exhibition.

“All the exhibits in our show are on the theme of the sky. The sky stands for freedom, nature and lots of other concepts as well.”

Yoko Ono: Looking For... is taking over the city until December 31, with installations at The Heong Gallery, Alison Richard Building, Lady Mitchell Hall, and Ruskin Gallery.

Dr Prasad continued: “The exhibition has been received beautifully and it’s been really positive.

"We’ve had more than five thousand visitors so far, so it’s been very popular indeed.”

Yoko Ono Sky Pieces is on show until October 6.




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