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Yoko Ono

BETWEEN THE SKY AND MY HEAD

14 December 2008 - 15 March 2009

Yoko Ono is one of the pioneers of conceptual art and has an international exhibition career spanning nearly 50 years. From Sunday 14 December, BALTIC will present the two-floor exhibition YOKO ONO   BETWEEN THE SKY AND MY HEAD, comprising work by Yoko Ono from 1950s to the present.

The exhibition, one of the largest exhibitions of Yoko Ono’s work to date, is a major collaborative project with Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany, and will occupy two floors of BALTIC with additional works located outside the gallery.

Yoko Ono has a strong and irrepressible desire for freedom. This desire can be immediately recognised in her Imagine Peace billboards which will be located in prominent locations. Ono’s Wish Trees invite visitors to express their hopes and dreams by writing wishes on paper and hanging them on Wish Trees installed close to BALTIC.  These wishes will be gathered at the end of the exhibition, and sent to the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Videy Island, Iceland, to join the rest of the wishes from around the world. Another work, SkyLadder - which might be read as an allegory for the exhibition’s title,YOKO ONO   BETWEEN THE SKY AND MY HEAD - invites us to consider an imaginary, spiritual space centred between the sky and earth. 

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Inside BALTIC, the exhibition will cover more than 1400m² of gallery space containing sculpture, paintings, drawing, photography, films and sound installations, as well as participation works. Among the 50 works featured in the exhibition is Play it by Trust, a conceptual chess set, made from white Italian Carrara marble.  A version of the work was first exhibited in London at Ono’s legendary exhibition at the Indica Gallery in 1966. Another work, My Mommy is Beautiful, is a participatory piece in which visitors to BALTIC are invited to bring photographs of their mothers, along with thoughts and memories about their mothers, to be permanently attached to the blank canvases. At the conclusion of the exhibition, the filled canvases will be sent to the artist in New York.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 208-page exhibition catalogue edited by Thomas Kellein, director of the Kunsthalle Bielefeld, published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne and will be available from BALTIC Shop.

OUTDOOR WORKS
As well as the major works at BALTIC, a number of ambitious outdoor artworks are realised across Gateshead and Newcastle and form part of the 2008 NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival.

WISH TREES
Saltwell Park, Gateshead 4 - 14 December 2008
Wish Trees for Gateshead is located in Saltwell Park, Gateshead and invites visitors to express their hopes and dreams by writing wishes on paper and hanging them on the tree. Additional Wish Trees will be located at BALTIC throughout the exhibition. Wishes from all of the trees will be gathered at the end of the exhibition, and sent to the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Videy Island, Iceland, to join the rest of the wishes from around the world.

FILM NO 5 (SMILE)
Gateshead Quays - Saturday 13 December 2008 / 17.30-21.00
Civic Centre, Newcastle - Thursday 18 December 2008 / 16.00-20.30

Film No 5 (Smile), 1968 will be projected onto existing buildings in Newcastle and Gateshead. The film, shot with a high speed camera, records a single smile of John Lennon that evolves over the course of fifty-one minutes. Film No 5 (Smile) can be seen on the concrete retaining wall between BALTIC and The Sage Gateshead on Gateshead Quays on Saturday 13 December, and at Civic Centre, Newcastle on Thursday 18 December.

ONOCHORD Participatory Event: Baltic Square - Sun 14 Dec 2008
ONOCHORD light projection - 14 - 31 December 2008
A special, public participatory event with Yoko Ono will take place on Sunday 14 December at 18.00 outside BALTIC on Baltic Square, Gateshead. ONOCHORD is a work where Ono uses light to form a code spelling out "I Love You" or "., .., ..." and will invite BALTIC visitors and participants to send and receive these messages from Gateshead to Castle Keep, Newcastle.

For those not able to attend the event with Yoko Ono they can still see the ONOCHORD light transmitting from the Castle Keep and from the top of BALTIC from 14 - 31 December, between 15.30-20.00 daily.

YOKO ONO   BETWEEN THE SKY AND MY HEAD outdoor artworks form part of NewcastleGateshead's world-class programme of festivals and events developed by culture10.

COFFIN CAR
Wednesday, Fridays & Saturdays
17 December 2008 - 14 March 2009
Visitors to BETWEEN THE SKY AND MY HEAD at BALTIC will be able to participate in a realisation of a 1962 instruction piece which invites people to "Ride a coffin car all over the city", throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Coffin Car (a classic English Daimler hearse) will be located adjacent to BALTIC on South Shore Road and will take visitors for journeys throughout Gateshead and Newcastle. Coffin Car will be available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 11.00-16.00 from Wednesday 17 December. Ask at Information Desk at BALTIC to book a place on the day of your visit.
Reservations can also be made in advance by calling 0191 478 1810.

Terms and conditions: A maximum of 2 visitors can travel in Coffin Car at anyone time. Individual visitors wishing to participate in Coffin Car will be doubled up when necessary at peak times. Participants must be aged 18 or over, and if under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian aged 18 or over. Coffin Car will not be available on Wednesday 24 December or Friday 26 December 2008. 

ADD COLOUR
Tuesday 17 – Sunday 22 February / 11:00 – 17:00 daily / FREE EVENT
This half term BALTIC invites you to ADD COLOUR. Come and take part in adding colour paint to a giant 60 metre-long plain white banner. The activity is directly related to BALTIC’s current Yoko Ono exhibition and uses the artist’s 1966 instruction piece Add Colour Painting. This is the first time the project has been realised on this scale. The finished artwork will be installed on the wall between BALTIC and The Sage Gateshead in late February and exhibited until the end of March.
 
Yoko Ono’s ADD COLOUR forms part of NewcastleGateshead’s world-class programme of festivals and events in 2009 developed by culture10

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