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Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi standing in his studio with arms folded

An exhibition celebrating Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), one of the most experimental and pioneering artists of the 20th century.

Noguchi explores the kaleidoscopic career of a true artistic polymath. His practice spanned sculpture, architecture, dance and design across six decades. This exhibition, which is his first touring retrospective in Europe for 20 years, focuses on Noguchi as a global citizen and his risk-taking approach to sculpture as a living environment. Embracing social, environmental and spiritual consciousness, he believed sculpture could be ‘a vital force in our everyday life’, as a way of creating harmony between humans, nature and industry.

‘Everything is sculpture. Any material, any idea without hindrance born into space, I consider sculpture.'

Over 150 works are presented, including an extraordinary range of sculptures – made in stone, ceramics, wood and aluminium – as well as theatre set designs, playground models, lighting and furniture design.

Tagged with: Art & design

This exhibition is organised and curated by Barbican Centre (London), Museum Ludwig (Cologne) and Zentrum Paul Klee (Bern), in partnership with LaM - Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut.

This exhibition would not have been possible without the collaboration of The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York.

The exhibition is generously supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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