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June 05, 2009 | By

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents Imagine: The Peace Ballad of John and Yoko.

A few days ago I strolled down to Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts where they were presenting Imagine: The Peace Ballad of John and Yoko. An exhibit I had been meaning to visit for weeks. I am very happy I didn’t let this one pass me by like the Yves St Laurent one I missed last year (which I am still kicking myself for.)

The exhibition, in honor of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 40th anniversary of their Montreal Bed-In for Peace*, was amazing; very interactive, visually appealing, and on top of it all free! The premise of the showing -Peace- was very dominantly illustrated but we were also taught a lot about Yoko’s early pieces and her and John’s life together (something that has been misinterpreted in my opinion.)

Interactive nail art. Ours in the highest on top.

Photo from the Bed-In for Peace.

Their make shift music studio in room 1742

The posters that were hung above the Bed-In bed for 8 days.

Anti-war propaganda John and Yoko created and had plastered on billboards all over the world.

'Imagine the Peace' stamp and maps of the world. A polite, understated sign saying 'Please do not stamp the walls' hung next to the art. Looks like Yoko will have to buy MMFA a can of paint.

A note from Yoko.

The Talking Sculpture. Yoko suposibly calls this phone three times a day, anyone can pick it up.

The wish tree and my wish.

*The Montreal Bed-In for Peace occurred after their 1969 wedding in Amsterdam (England disallowed the wedding). The couple intended to hold the Bed-In in New York City but Lennon was denied entry into the United States so they headed to Montreal -known for its more liberal ways- and check into room 1742 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. There they stayed for 8 days basically turning the room into a music studio and recorded their ‘Give Peace a Chance’ war anthem for Vietnam.

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