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Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi in his studio

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. 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. 

‘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, furniture and lighting.

Embracing social, environmental and spiritual consciousness, Noguchi believed sculpture could 'be a vital force in our everday life' and saw art 'as something which teaches human beings how to become more human.'

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. With thanks to The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and www.designcollectors.com 

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A few things to consider before your visit:

  • Advance Booking is essential
  • Long umbrellas will not be allowed in the gallery.
  • There is no age limit, but we ask that children 14 and under are supervised by an adult

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Introducing Isamu Noguchi

Assistant Curator at The Noguchi Museum in New York, Kate Wiener introduces the life and work of Japanese American sculptor, Isamu Noguchi, drawing from Noguchi’s autobiographical writings and documents from The Noguchi Museum Archives.

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Entry to the Art Gallery is free for all students in Key Stages 1-3. A discounted group booking rate of £3 per student is available to students in formal education groups up to the age of 19. 

For bookings and enquiries please contact the school groups booking line:
Tel: 020 7382 7211 (Mon–Fri 10am–5pm)
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Noguchi Teacher CPD and Special School Visiting Slots

We will be running a Teacher CPD in early October and a series of schools-only viewing slots in November, more information will be available soon. Please contact Creative Learning for more information: [email protected].

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