Model for Bell Tower for Hiroshima, a tower constructed from thin dowel rods with terra-cotta elements...

Noguchi’s Memorials to the Atomic Dead

June 2, 2021 – September 5, 2021

Two complementary installations from the permanent collection and archives survey Isamu Noguchi’s proposals memorializing the use of atomic weapons against humanity in Hiroshima and beyond. This will include a reinstallation of the original gallery Noguchi devoted to his Memorial to the Dead, Hiroshima (1952, unrealized); and an overview of Noguchi’s postwar memorial projects including Bell Tower for Hiroshima (1950, unrealized).

Related Exhibition

Christian Boltanski, Animitas 
May 5–September 5, 2021
Christian Boltanski’s Animitas, a sound work consisting of 180 small bronze bells on steel stems, will fill the Noguchi Museum’s garden with a “music of lost souls.” Boltanski’s extended video Animitas, La Forêt des Murmures (2016), which documents another, permanent version of the work on the island of Teshima in Japan, will also be on view.


Noguchi’s Memorials to the Atomic Dead is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.