A free exhibition celebrating the meeting of John Lennon and Yoko Ono is launching to the public today (18 May) at the Museum of Liverpool.
The arrival of ‘Double Fantasy – John & Yoko’ coincides with this year’s LightNight and the eve of the 50th anniversary of the couple’s first night together on 19 May 1968, when they produced their first album ‘Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins’.
Made possible with the permission of Yoko Ono Lennon, who attended a special preview yesterday, the display draws from Yoko’s private collection and features personal objects alongside art, music and film produced by the world-famous couple. Some of the items on show have never been displayed before.
Open until 22 April 2019, the exhibition uses interviews, quotes and lyrics to tell the story of John and Yoko’s personal and creative relationship along with their political activism and peace campaigning in their own words.
Objects and artworks on show include handwritten lyrics by the former Beatle for his hits including ‘Give Peace a Chance’, ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’ and ‘Woman’; as well as personal items such as the couple’s wedding outfits, John’s wire-rimmed glasses and Yoko’s large Porsche sunglasses.
Yoko Ono Lennon says: “I am so happy and grateful that we are having our ‘Double Fantasy – John & Yoko’ show in Liverpool.
“This is where John was born and I know John would be very happy too.
“We were a very simple couple just loving each other every day and I just wanted to show the simple truth of us.
“In our personal life we were pretty simple people, and we made all sorts of things with love for each other. Everything was made out of love.
“We found that we were both very strongly interested in world peace. I feel John and I are still working together. I always feel his warmth next to me.”