Special Exhibitions

Isamu Noguchi: Ways of Discovery

October 3 (Sat) – December 28 (Mon), 2020
April 24 (Sat) – August 29 (Sun), 2021

This exhibition has been rescheduled to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988)—one of the foremost artists of the 20th century. The son of a Japanese father and American mother, Noguchi constructed a unique sculptural philosophy while grappling with his identity as an artist caught between two cultures, East and West. Deeply influenced by the aesthetic vision of Constantin Brancusi, a sculptor whom he encountered in his twenties, Noguchi devoted his life to pursuing a world enabling the creation of abstract form fundamentally resonant with nature. Due to war, Noguchi also knew the pain of belonging to nations that were bitter enemies, and he produced artworks imbued with an earnest desire for peace. This exhibition will retrace Noguchi’s remarkable “path of discovery.” By communicating this visionary artist’s deep insights into Japanese culture, it will reveal the essence of his art and the meaning it holds for us today.

Major works

Major works
  • Untitled, 1987, The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York (Whereabouts: The Isamu Noguchi Foundation of Japan)

  • Avatar, 1947, Kröller-Müller Museum

  • Black Sun, 1967-69, The National Museum of Art, Osaka

  • Void, 1971(1980), The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama




October 3 (Sat) – December 28 (Mon), 2020
April 24 (Sat) – August 29 (Sun), 2021
Exhibition Rooms
Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, The Asahi Shimbun, NHK, NHK Promotions Inc.
Sponsored by
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Corporation
Special Cooperation with
The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York, The Isamu Noguchi, Foundation of Japan, The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, Japan
Cooperation with
Ibaraki Broadcast System, JAPAN AIRLINES
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