First published in 1964 in Tokyo by Wunternaum Press in an edition of 500 copies, Grapefruit contains more than 150 works divided into five sections: MUSIC, PAINTING, EVENT, POETRY, OBJECT. These works—conceptual instructions—are the culmination of a process that dispensed with the physical and arrived at the idea.
Since the initial publication of Grapefruit, numerous expanded editions have been produced in many different languages. Today, first-edition copies are nearly impossible to find. This special-edition facsimile, produced from the first edition copy in The Museum of Modern Art Library, is an exacting replica of Grapefruit as Ono first envisioned it. It is available in a limited edition of 500 copies.