An illuminated small form in magnesite, suspended within a metal frame

Isamu Noguchi

Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
September 23, 2022 – January 8, 2023

Isamu Noguchi is the third presentation of the first touring retrospective of Isamu Noguchi’s work in Europe in twenty years. It is jointly organized and curated by Zentrum Paul Klee (Bern), Barbican Centre (London), and Museum Ludwig (Köln), in partnership with LaM – Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut. The presentation at Zentrum Paul Klee is curated by Fabienne Eggelhöfer with assistant curator Myriam Dössegger.

Arranged in nine thematic chapters, this major exhibition explores Noguchi as a global citizen, who spent his time between the United States, Japan, and Europe and combined different cultural traditions and techniques in his incomparable body of work. The exhibition is the first extensive show in Switzerland to present the different aspects of Noguchi’s work.


The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated book published by Prestel and designed by Tino Graß. The book provides rich and insightful essays by Fabienne Eggelhöfer, Florence Ostende, Rita Kersting with Nana Tazuke, Dakin Hart, alongside a conversation with Karen Ishizuka, Katy Siegel, and Danh Vo orchestrated by Devika Singh, while a fully illustrated chronology details the entirety of Noguchi’s career.

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Isamu Noguchi travels to Barbican Art Gallery from September 30, 2021 through January 23, 2022; to Museum Ludwig, Köln, from March 26 to July 31, 2022; to Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, from September 23, 2022 to January 8, 2023; and to LaM, Lille from March 17 to July 2, 2023. This exhibition would not have been possible without the collaboration of The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York.

Isamu Noguchi at Zentrum Paul Klee is made possible, in part, with support from Kanton Bern, Burgergemeinde Bern, Bundesamt für Kultur, Terra Foundation for American Art, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, Phillips, and teo jakob.