Illy Yoko Ono Mended Cups

YOKO ONO : Mended Cups

Drawing inspiration from her 1966 installation “Mend Piece,” Ono’s contribution to illy, “Mended Cups,” a collection of seven cups and saucers, channels similar themes of reparation, peace and reconciliation.

Six of the seven cups appear formerly shattered and then mended finely with gold, a traditional Japanese technique for repairing cracked porcelain known as Kintsugi. They are paired with six saucers that state, in Yoko Ono’s handwriting, catastrophic events that affected the world. Some have directly affected her life, while others commemorate the deaths of millions of people. Each saucer states the date and place of the tragic event and concludes with the words “… mended in 2015.”


Set of 7 espresso cups and saucers (code 20846) - 6 Broken and 1 Unbroken
Recommended Retail price €120 VAT incl. The seventh cup, called Unbroken Cup, is neither cracked nor mended, reflecting peace and hope with Ono’s handwritten words on the saucer: “This cup will never be broken as it will be under your protection.” Remark: This illy art collection is published for Yoko Ono’s latest exhibition, "One Woman Show, 1960-1971" exhibiting as of 17 september in the MoMa (The Museum of Modern Art) in New York.

This article was published on Saturday 26 September, 2015.
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