A leading figure in 20th-century art, Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) made major contributions not only to sculpture but also to fields including stage art and product design. Noguchi yet remained a sculptor first and foremost throughout his life. He considered the stone sculptures he created in his final years to be representative examples of his life’s work.
The son of a Japanese father and American mother, Noguchi constructed a profound sculptural philosophy while grappling with his identity as an artist. What continually inspired him on his path as an artist for over a half-century were Japanese traditions. His contact with Kyoto’s karesansui (“dry landscape”) gardens and tea ceremony aesthetics, for example, enabled him to grasp “what sculpture can do.”
This exhibition traces the “ways of discovery” leading to the stone sculptures of Isamu Noguchi’s final years, endeavoring thus to reveal the essence of his art. This it does through varied works from throughout Noguchi’s career, placed in three distinctive gallery spaces suited to the sculptor’s view of space as a continuation of his sculpture.
The works by Isamu Noguchi in this exhibition have a power to show what we, ourselves, so earnestly seek today.
|Title||Isamu Noguchi: Ways of Discovery|
|Venue||Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tokyo, Ueno-Park)|
|Period||Saturday, April 24 – Sunday, August 29, 2021|
|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|
|With the Sponsorship of||Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Corporation|
|With the Special Cooperation of||The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York,
The Isamu Noguchi Foundation of Japan, The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, Japan
|With the Cooperation of||Ibaraki Broadcast System, JAPAN AIRLINES|
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FY 2021 Japan Cultural Expo Project Presented and Co presented by Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, and Japan Arts Council