The most intimate exhibition ever on the lives of slain Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono has been extended until November, National Museums Liverpool (NML) has announced.
Open since May 2018, the exhibition “Double Fantasy” has become one of the Museum of Liverpool’s most popular exhibitions, attracting more than 300,000 visitors.
The ground-breaking exhibition, which is drawn from Yoko Ono’s own private collection, was originally due to close on April 22, 2019. It is the first ever to explore the personal and creative chemistry between Yoko Ono and John Lennon, featuring many objects that have never been displayed before. The extension was welcomed by Lennon’s widow.
She said: “I am so happy that ‘Double Fantasy’ is popular with visitors to the Museum of Liverpool, as I know John would be too. It means a lot to me that they are engaging with it emotionally, posting their tributes and wishes for peace.”
Many visitors to “Double Fantasy” have been moved to express their own feelings of what love and peace mean to them by posting on the Wish Trees and Remember Love wall that feature in the exhibition. More than 24,000 tags have been hung from the Wish Trees, while around 26,000 notes have been inscribed and placed on the wall surrounding Iain Macmillan’s portrait of John Lennon. When the exhibition closes on Nov. 3, all notes and tags will be stored at the Imagine Peace Tower, Yoko’s memorial to her husband, which she unveiled in 2007 on Videy Island, off the cost of Reykjavik in Iceland. Paul Gallagher, deputy director of the Museum of Liverpool, said: “The response from visitors has been amazing. While the beauty of ‘Double Fantasy’ is the evident deep and powerful love John and Yoko had for one another through their art, music and film, it is also a very human story that has resonated with visitors.”
From the intimate to the iconic, the exhibition brings together unmissable objects and artworks, including hand-written lyrics, original artworks, instruments, their wedding outfits and other items of clothing and personal objects owned by the pair.