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Yoko Ono is almost 90 years old, but she participated with great enthusiasm and activity in the organization of the Budapest exhibition, the likes of which had never been seen in Central Europe. You will see, for example, two of the famous white chess set, which by the way has 21 variations in the world.

At the press conference, Gábor Gulyás, the curator of the exhibition, presented the leaflet from 52 years ago, which was published in New York, War is over! with subtitles. This project was started at the initiative of Yoko Ono, and her husband at the time, John Lennon, also joined her. They were protesting the Vietnam War at the time and

Yoko Ono believes that the war in Ukraine justifies the manifestation of her peace activist here as well.

At that time, the protest was connected with the Christian Advent, which is why the exhibition opens here on November 27, the first Sunday of Advent.

Yoko Ono is a descendant of samurai, scion of a serious aristocratic family, who went to school together with the later emperor of Japan. She caused outrage in Japan when she married John Lennon, who felt it was beneath her status. Two very famous performances will also be revived at the event: one by A wishing tree for peace it bears the title, and anyone can write a message or wish on it in the forecourt of the Hungarian National Museum, without even having to exchange a ticket. This tree will escape to Iceland, to the base of the Peace Tower.

You can also cut the clothes of John Lennon’s child

The performance of greatest interest will probably be the other, which is a Cut Piece is titled It is considered one of the very first performance art in the world. Yoko Ono first performed it in Tokyo, then in New York in 1964 in a theater: she sat on the stage in a beautiful dress, and the visitors came up to her in a row and everyone could cut off a piece of her dress and send it to the one they love. Later, he was no longer able to take an active role in this, but people who authentically represent their field sat in his place.

This performance will not take place in the exhibition space, but in other rooms of the National Museum: the first one will be in the ceremonial hall, and it is symbolic that the first actor will be the artist Zsolt Trill, born in Transcarpathia. The performance will be shown a total of 19 times, with 19 people who are interesting in their own right. According to Gábor Gulyás, it is unfortunately a sad thing to say, but there will be a scramble for tickets. On February 18, the last performer will be Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s child, Sean.

Zsolt Trill from Afghanistan

At the press conference, Zsolt Trill relived the moment when, when he was in the eighth grade, it was announced that the Soviet troops would withdraw from Afghanistan, but only later did he become aware that they too would have been taken to Afghanistan when they were 18 years old. The II had already heard a lot. about World War II, but this was the first time he felt the closeness of war. Since then, the Ukrainian-Russian war broke out, and the artist of the National Theater is not sure that these two peoples will ever live in peace with each other. “I don’t think I’ll make it this day,” he said.

I am not descended from samurai, but from a Hungarian father and a Russian mother

said Nelli Szűcs, wife of Zsolt Trill. “My grandmother, who never moved from the village, was a citizen of four countries.” The Transcarpathian-born artist of the National Theater told the world’s politicians not to poison our common wells from which several nations drink at the same time. He believed that if the people of Transcarpathia know that someone is praying for them, they will feel that they are not alone.

Russian, Ukrainian, American ambassador

“There is an inhumane, pointless and unjust war going on in our neighborhood. We all see the consequences of this, and we thought that a museum like the Hungarian National Museum simply cannot ignore the problem,” said László L. Simon, director general, referring to the exhibition, emphasizing that this museum preserves the past thousand years all important Hungarian documents and objects related to the most serious cataclysms and wars in Hungarian history.

This also shows that there was never really peace in this part of Europe. Today’s middle generation, which was lucky enough to be born into a peaceful world, believed that it could live its whole life in peace, but “seeing the neighboring conflict, we trust and believe in this less and less”. According to L. Simon, they want to convey that this can be done in a different way, that there is no need for a war, that nothing can be solved with weapons.

They don’t want to take a position, they don’t want to formulate current political messages, although they welcome all politicians at the exhibition, including the Ukrainian, Russian and American ambassadors.

“Hungarian lives, Hungarian destinies and Hungarian existences were also affected in this war. Partly because our Transcarpathian brothers are conscripted as soldiers, and partly because thousands and tens of Hungarians are fleeing their own homeland. We do have to pay attention to them,” said the museum’s general director. He believes that this exhibition will be given its strength if many people come and see it. The proceeds of the exhibition will be used for the benefit of Transcarpathian Hungarians.

(Cover photo: Zsófi Szollár / Index)