Golden Ladders

Yoko Ono Golden Ladders

Texts by Jens Faurschou, Jon Hendricks, Emma Zhang Xiaohua, Yu Hong, and Yoko Ono

This book was published by Faurschou on the occasion of the exhibition Golden Ladders, the first solo exhibition by Yoko Ono in Beijing, held from November 15, 2015, to July 3, 2016.

The book includes a poster of the artwork Toilet Thoughts, several postcards of the work Word Pieces, along with a DVD and a transcript of the lecture and performance that Yoko Ono gave at CAFA, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing.

The exhibition began outdoors with a Wish Tree for Beijing garden, planted with “Three Friends of Winter” – pine, bamboo and plum trees, symbolizing steadfastness, perseverance and resilience – the scholar-gentleman’s ideal. Viewers were invited to write a wish and hang it on a branch of a tree. At the end of the exhibition, all of the wishes were sent to Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik, Iceland to join wishes from millions of people from around the world who have participated in the Wish Tree project, dating back to 1996.

“I have come here today so that you can hear the voice of a woman.”

With this proclamation, Yoko Ono introduced her work and herself to China – letting loose a magnificent vocal explosion that is still reverberating in peoples’ ears in several continents.