Painting to be stepped on was made in 1960. A reconstruction, one-and-a-half the original size, was made,
by kind permission of Yoko Ono, for the Centraal Fluxus Festival in Utrecht, November 2003.
During Ono’s show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (through September 2015), the painting will be on the floor of the CultClub, Hemonylaan 6A, Amsterdam (Wednesday-Saturday, 1-6 PM.)
This is what Ono wrote about Painting to be stepped on :
In the 15th-century Japan, a “stepping painting” (Fumie) was used to distinguish Christians from non-Christians.
A person was asked to step on the portrait of Christ.
Those who could not were immediately taken away to be crucified.
Most Japanese Christians refused to step on the portrait, despite the consequences, which they were aware of.
As a young child, I was terrified by the story,
but I also promised myself that I would be a person who adhered to her principles just as the Japanese Christians did.
Later, in New York, I felt the urge to release myself from that little girl in me and to step on a painting.
Harry Ruhé, June 2015.