Special Exhibitions

Isamu Noguchi: Ways of Discovery

April 24 (Sat) – August 29 (Sun), 2021

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.

  1. 1. The essence of sculptor Isamu Noguchi
    Through some 90 works including many large-scale sculptures from Japan and abroad, the exhibition will reveal the essence of Noguchi’s art as a pioneer who trod many roads in pursuit of the question, “What is sculpture?”
  2. 2. An immersion in “Noguchi space”
    Three unique exhibition spaces—including an installation of 150 “Akari” lamps—will take visitors inside Noguchi’s vision of “space as sculpture.” Section 1: “The Sculptural Universe,” Section 2: “The World of Lightness,” and Section 3: “Stone Gardens.”
  3. 3. Gathered in Tokyo for the first time, Noguchi’s Mure stone sculptures—the culmination of his art
    The stone sculptures Noguchi produced in Mure (Takamatsu, Kagawa prefecture) in his late period are regarded as the culmination of his art. This will be their first group display outside The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, Japan in Mure.




April 24 (Sat) – August 29 (Sun), 2021
Exhibition Rooms
Mondays (Open the Mondays of May 3, July 26, August 2, 9)
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)

General ¥1,900 / College students ¥1,300 / Seniors 65+ ¥1,100

  • ※All visitors are requested to use our timed-entry online reservation system to purchase tickets. Please see our special website for details
  • ※People of high-school age and younger will be admitted free
  • ※Admission free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate or Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate. (Timed-entry reservation not required)
  • ※In each case, please show identification
  • ※People who have difficulty purchasing online can purchase same-day tickets at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum ticket counter. If, on their arrival, the pre-set number of tickets for the immediate time slot is sold out, they will be admitted in the earliest available time slot.
Resale of admission tickets for this exhibition is strictly prohibited. The museum accepts no responsibility for any inconvenience or loss caused by the illegal resale of tickets.
Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, The Asahi Shimbun, NHK, NHK Promotions Inc., Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan Arts Council
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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