Yoko Ono & Claire Tabouret – One Day I Broke a Mirror

Yoko Ono & Claire Tabouret - One Day I Broke a Mirror
Yoko Ono, Play by trust Ph.Sebastiano Luciano

Following the exhibition by Annette Messager, the Académie de France à Rome – Villa Medici is opening its doors to Yoko Ono and Claire Tabouret with One day I broke a mirror, from 5 May to 2 July 2017. This is the second exhibition in the Une series initiated by Villa Medici director Muriel Mayette-Holtz and curated by Chiara Parisi.

Featuring artist-icon Yoko Ono and Claire Tabouret (b. 1981), that astonishing revelation of the latest generation, One day I broke a mirror is going to be a must on this year’s rich international art calendar.

From Cardinal Ferdinand’s galleries to the Loggia, and from the splendid gardens to the Balthus Studio, the works of these artists interact in a musical counterpoint that will transform the Villa Medici into a unique project for two solo voices.

Yoko Ono & Claire Tabouret - One Day I Broke a Mirror
Yoko Ono, Wrapped Chair

One day I broke a mirror is the title chosen by Yoko Ono for an exhibition mainly exploring the output of an eclectic, multidisciplinary artist of the 1960s and 1970s who was very active on the New York underground scene, notably in association with the Fluxus movement and the aftermath of the experiments of John Cage.

Involving instructions, “chance” and sensory experiences, her works require the active participation of the public in order to achieve completeness and totality.

A critique of war in all its forms and harmony between the peoples of the world: these are the enduring themes of Yoko Ono’s installations and performances, together with a sublimely poetic political commitment, intolerance of the conventional, and loyalty to the pacifist protest cause.

Yoko Ono & Claire Tabouret - One Day I Broke a Mirror
Claire Tabouret
Images courtesy of Galerie Bugada & Cargnel, photo bluntbangs.biz
Collection Pinault

All these elements, as well as many others, echo through Claire Tabouret‘s big canvases, with their conditioned, armored, constrained bodies. Tabouret has earned critical acclaim for her vivid, mysteriously timeless colors, her determined-looking women warriors, her hordes of disguised children brandishing light sabers in a mingling of Paolo Uccello and the imaginary realm of Star Wars. After taking part in the group show Shit and Die curated by Maurizio Cattelan and L’illusione della luce at the Palazzo Grassi in 2014, she is back in Italy with forty new works from her studio in Los Angeles, where she is now based.

(source: villamedici.it)

From 5 May 2017 to 2 July 2017


Viale Trinità dei Monti, 1

Ticket Office Hours:

10am-7pm (closed on Monday), last admission at 6:30pm


€ 12 (full price), € 6 (reduced). Ticket valid for admission to the exhibition and to visit Villa Medici.



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