Yoko Ono sells DIY crushed cup to raise money for London Gallery

The Japanese artist and widow of John Lennon is selling a limited edition work consisting of a broken ceramic cup in a box and some glue to put it back together for £ 175, and all the money goes to the Whitechapel Gallery.

Called Mend Piece for John, Ono has only made 100 copies of the work, which comes with instructions that tell the buyer to think about “mixing the world” while repairing the broken pottery.

Limited edition consists of a broken ceramic cup in a box and some glue to put it back together for £ 175


The work is inspired by the Japanese art of kintsugi, where broken pottery is repaired using lacquer colored with gold and silver to make it clear where it has been repaired.

The gallery is currently showing an exhibition of Ono’s work, including a table filled with broken cups and saucers, which visitors are invited to repair. It looks like an exhibition in her first exhibition in 1966 at the Indica Gallery, where she first met the Beatles star.

Lennon was apparently not impressed with his avant-garde bid for contemporary art, but they quickly became a couple and married in 1968 their untraditional wedding in Gibraltar, which inspired the band’s last number one, The Ballad of John and Yoko. They were still together in 1980 when the singer was shot and killed outside their home in New York.

Ono is one of five artists who have donated works to the gallery to be sold, and all the money raised goes to support its exhibition and education programs.

The gallery was founded in 1901 and is the only one in Britain to have displayed Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica.


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