June 21, 2015, Sunday 05.30 – 12.30

Istanbul Modern presents YOKO ONO MORNING PEACE 2015, a global gathering at sunrise on June 21, 2015, organized by MoMA PopRally. The program celebrates the MoMA exhibition Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971 and the 50th anniversary of Yoko Ono’s New York performance of Morning Piece (1964) to George Maciunas.

YOKO ONO MORNING PEACE 2015 is organized by The Museum of Modern Art in New York in partnership with the Fondazione La Triennale di Milano (Milan), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow), the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul), the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles), M+ (Hong Kong), the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Sydney), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Tokyo).


The program will include; art workshops specially designed for different age groups inspired by Yoko Ono’s work, a yoga session, a tea workshop, recitals and concerts. It will continue until midday in the temporary structure “ALL THAT IS SOLID”, dedicated to the YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program, located in the museum courtyard. Istanbul Modern’s temporary exhibitions will also be open to visitors from 05.30 AM onwards.

Morning Piece was first performed in Tokyo in 1964 and again on the roof of Ono’s apartment building at 87 Christopher Street in September 1965. At these events, attendees gathered at sunrise, and Ono sold artworks with typewritten pieces of paper attached to glass and other materials. Each specified a future date and a particular period of morning (e.g., “February 3, 1987 after sunrise,” “January 1, 1972 all morning”). Ono would inform buyers, “You can see the sky through it,” and offer them the possibility of possessing something intangible: a future morning.

Referencing the original work, YOKO ONO MORNING PEACE 2015 is a sunrise gathering activated by events across the globe, allowing the celebration to continue for 24 hours as the sun rises in different time zones. Beyond the eight official events at partner institutions, individuals are encouraged to host their own events according to the following instructions: 

On the solstice at sunrise

celebrate mornings of

past, future, and now.

Listen to the world.

Touch each other

when the sun comes up.

y.o. spring 2015

Event Program:

05.30 – 12.30 Art Workshops

05.30 – 07.00 Playlist: “Rise and Shine” – Can Von Kant

07.00 – 08.30 Yoga: Hüsne Çiğdem

09.00 – 10.00 Tea Workshop: Ece Erel

10.00 – 10.45 Cello Recital: Jari Piper

10.45 – 11.30 Playlist: “We’re All Water” – Müge Turan

11.30 – 12.30 Concert: Uninvited Jazz Band

All events are free of charge. 

Image: Yoko Ono, YOKO ONO MORNING PEACE 2015, Spring 2015, Ink on paper; drawing for the event