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The honey moon room of John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Faithfully repeated at Venice Biennale, is a metaphor of the bed as a working place in the social media era

In the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, architectural expert Beatriz Colomina has reconstructed John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Honeymoon Suite, the historic room 902 at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam. The work includes the bed in which the couple sat, surrounded by journalists, posing for the famous March 25, 1969 photo.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono had married secretly at a ceremony that lasted just three minutes in Gibraltar a few days earlier, on 20 March.  However, for the world, their fans and journalists, they presented a six day peace demonstration from their honeymoon bed. Taking place from the 25th to 31st March, the demonstration was entitled Bed-In for Peace.

Dutch Pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE. 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE. Photo Daria Scagliola

Dutch Pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE. 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE. Photo Daria Scagliola

Dutch Pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE. 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE. Photo Daria Scagliola

In portraying the bed as a media stage, the couple also presented an artistic performance that was ahead of its time: as early as 2012 the Wall Street Journal wrote that 80% of young New York professionals regularly worked from their beds. A curious fact, or everyone’s dream, it is surely true that influencing and dictating trends while comfortably under the covers is a reality today.

INFO for Biennale Holland Pavilion here.

Alessandro Di Giacomo
12/7/2018