Double Fantasy
Photo: Iain Macmillan ©Yoko Ono

A Yoko Ono and John Lennon exhibition is coming to Roppongi in October

Take a look at Lennon’s signature spectacles, the handwritten lyrics of ‘Imagine’ and the couple’s other collabs

By Emma Steen
John and Yoko are one of those celebrity couples that need no surname. The pair first met in 1966, when Lennon took a bite (yes, literally) out of one of Ono’s artworks at her conceptual exhibition in London. They went on to stage bed-ins and write songs together – their collaboration made them one of the most iconic creative couples in history. 
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Photo: Mark McNulty ©Yoko Ono

Though the relationship was cut short by Lennon’s untimely death in 1980, their story lives on in the music and artworks they made together. Soon, you’ll be able to see even more of these intimate pieces firsthand through a dedicated exhibition opening in Roppongi on October 9.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Photo: ©Yoko Ono

Titled ‘Double Fantasy’, the exhibition was originally held in Lennon’s hometown of Liverpool in 2018, where it drew an unprecedented 700,000 visitors throughout its run. The arrival of the private collection in Tokyo will mark the 40th anniversary of Lennon’s death and you can expect over 100 items pertaining to art, music and film that the couple created together.

The exhibition will run from October 9 2020 until January 11 2021 at the Roppongi Sony Music Museum. The music, interviews and art works featured will tell the intimate story of Lennon and Ono’s relationship, as well as the political campaigns that inspired their works. Pieces on display will include Lennon's and Ono’s signature glasses that are positioned to ‘stare’ at each other, the handwritten lyrics of ‘Imagine’, and even the ‘Apple’ installation from their very first meeting. In Lennon’s defense, you’ll see that the apple in question is perfectly edible as it sits on a plexiglass stand, but that doesn’t mean you’re supposed to eat it. 

John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Photo: Mark McNulty ©Yoko Ono

Information on ticket prices and booking will be available on the official website from the end of August. In the meantime, check out these art exhibitions happening in Tokyo right now.

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