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 first European touring retrospective of Isamu Noguchi’s work 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 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. It is the first extensive show in Switzerland to present the full range of Noguchi’s category-defying practice. Learn more at



The touring exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue 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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Children playing on Slide Mantra, a gigantic white marble slide, in front of the US Pavilion at...
Isamu Noguchi, Slide Mantra, at Isamu Noguchi: What is Sculpture?, June 29 – September 28, 1986, U.S. Pavilion, Venice Biennale 1986. Photo: Michio Noguchi. The Noguchi Museum Archives, 05859. ©INFGM / ARS


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 15 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.