Yoko Ono, MEND PIECE, (1966/2021)

Artists' projectsYoko Ono, MEND PIECE, (1966/2021)

From May 19 to August 30, 2021

Locations : Paper Tube Studio (PTS)
Category : Artists' projects
Public : All ages

Mend carefully.
Think of mending the world
At the same time.

Shigeru Ban’s Paper Tube Studio (PTS), in which the Centre Pompidou-Metz was designed, imagined and created with Jean de Gastines, was installed on the roofs of the Centre Pompidou in Paris from 2004 to 2009. Since 2020, it has been permanently installed in the South Garden of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, and it is accessible to the public as a library, to give a new life to books, in collabora- tion with Metz’s Bibliothèques-Médiathèques.

Within the 2021 programming, it becomes once again a matrix and a place of creativity where artists are invited to imagine tomorrow’s world. A series of participatory workshops are offered, first with Yoko Ono, then with Sébastien Thiéry (PEROU), Marc Van Peteghem, Marc Ferrand, and then the PTS will be revisited by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines.

Yoko Ono (b. 1933, Tokyo) lives and works in New York. Viewer participation and collaboration are central to the tenets of her artistic practice, which ex- plores performance, film, installation, music and poetic writing. Characterized by social activism and feminist engagement since the early 1960s, Yoko Ono’s oeuvre has influenced many artistic movements of the late 20th century, inclu- ding Fluxus, conceptual art, and video art.

Created in 1966, MEND PIECE is one of the artist’s first participatory works. The installation is composed by fragments of cups and saucers placed on a table. The public is invited to mend them using tape, string, glue or other mate- rials. Once repaired, the object can be placed on available shelves, thus leaving a tangible trace of the «healing» action, both material and spiritual.

The wooden tables and benches on which Yoko Ono’s work is installed, were created following the do-it yourself principles of the Italian architect Enzo Mari (1932-2020). His manifesto book Proposta per un’autoprogettazione (Proposal for self-design), published in 1974, presents free of charge detailed plans for the construction of furniture.


Acknowledgements : Céline Blaudez