Outdoor view of the stone circle at Noguchi’s Mure, Japan studio. Rust-colored basalt stones, some...

Isamu Noguchi: Ways of Discovery

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
April 24, 2021 – August 29, 2021

The son of a Japanese father and American mother, Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) 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.

Isamu Noguchi: Ways of Discovery is organized by Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, The Asahi Shimbun, NHK, and NHK Promotions Inc., with special cooperation from The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York, and The Isamu Noguchi Foundation of Japan / The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, Japan.