ExhibitionDec 2, 2023-Sep 30, 2024


Step into Yoko Ono’s creative universe. YOKO ONO - PEACE is POWER is the world-renowned artist’s first exhibition in Norway since 2005.

Yoko Ono is a world leading artist and peace activist, who turned 90 earlier this year. The exhibition PEACE is POWER includes some of her most known artworks, inviting visitors to engage in their creation by following Ono's own instructions. 

"Each one of us has the power to change the world. Remember love. DREAM TOGETHER."

- Yoko Ono, 2020

Yoko Ono grew up in Tokyo and was 12 years old when the nuclear bombs were dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Her deep engagement for peace has permeated her more than 60-year long career as artist and activist. Many of the topics she has raisedin her work are the same as some of the recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize have advocated for, such as disarmament and the fight against gender based violence.

Mend piece from the exhibition
Photo: Christian Tunge © Yoko Ono

One of the artworks in the exhibition, Arising, is a collection of stories from women who has experience violence because they are women. Yoko Ono has invited women to share their stories since 2013 and the anonymous tales have been exhibited in many countries.


In one of the installations in the exhibition, the visitor is invited to sit down and glue together pieces of ceramics and quietly mend what has been broken. A “Wish Tree” where the visitor can hang notes with their dreams for a better, more peaceful world, is also a part of the exhibition.

  Yoko Ono with Wish Tree installation at Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain. March 2014.
Yoko Ono with Wish Tree installation at Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain. March 2014.Photo: Erika Ede © Yoko Ono

The exhibition YOKO ONO: PEACE is POWER opens on 2 December and is a part of the re-opening of the Nobel Peace Center after a longer period of necessary construction work. In the weeks leading up to the exhibition opening, Yoko Ono’s messages of peace will be visible on boards in Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. The peace campaign was started by John Lennon and Yoko Ono many years ago. Her latest large scale campaign took place in New York, London, Los Angeles, Milan.

YOKO ONO -PEACE is POWER is curated by Asle Olsen, the Nobel Peace Center, in cooperation with Gunnar B. Kvaran. The exhibition is sponsored by The Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation, Japan Foundation, Robert and Debb Zagunis, in partnership with Japan Institute of Portland, Oregon, USA and Portland Japanese Gardens. Thanks to Forum for Kvinner og Utviklingsspørsmål (Fokus) and Norske Kvinners Sanitetsforening for supporting our Arising awareness campaign.

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