Yoko Ono sells DIY broken mug to raise money for London fair

The Japaneseartistand a widow John Lennon, sells a limited edition work of a porcelain mug broken in a box and some glue to stick it together for £175 with all the money going to the Whitechapel Gallery.

Dubbed the Mend Piece for John, Ono only made 100 copies of the work which come with instructions telling the buyer to think about “fixing the world” while repairing broken pottery.

The limited edition work consists of a broken ceramic mug in a box and some glue to hold it together for £175

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The work is inspired by the Japanese art of kintsugi in which broken pottery is repaired using gold and silver colored lacquer to indicate where the repair is.

The gallery currently features an exhibit of Ono’s work including a table full of broken cups and saucers that visitors have to repair, similar to an exhibit at her first show in 1966 at the Indica Gallery where she first met the Beatles.

Lennon seems unimpressed by her avant-garde style in contemporary art, but they soon became a married couple and were married in 1968 with their unconventional wedding in Gibraltar, inspiring the band’s last, The Ballad of John and Yoko. They were still together in 1980 when the singer was shot and killed outside their New York home.

Ono is one of five artists who have donated their work to the gallery to be sold with all funds raised to be used to support exhibitions and educational programs.

The gallery was founded in 1901 and is the only one in the UK to display Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica.

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