Cups are nice. Art is nice. When you put your coffee in an art cup, that’s a-okay. Only issue: these cups are pretty grim.
The cups will be released in conjunction with Ono’s forthcoming MoMA show, which opens on May 17. The series, titled “Yoko Ono: Mended Cups - illy Art Collection,” is inspired by the Japanese art of Kintsugi, in which broken pottery is repaired with painted strokes of gold. On the saucers, alongside the mended cups, there are handwritten notes that explain what each cup represents, via the AP:
The artist and widow of John Lennon has designed a collection of cups and saucers featuring the dates and places of six tragic events written in Ono’s handwriting, such as the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 and the day Lennon was shot and killed in 1980. A seventh cup appears untouched to represent hope.
Oh.... that’s sad.