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