Offsite Exhibitions


The Noguchi Museum partners with institutions around the world to coordinate exhibitions and loans of Noguchi’s artwork from the Museum’s collection.  The following exhibitions are currently on view.  Past offsite exhibitions are listed on the Past Exhibitions page.

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Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint
Friday, November 16, 2018 - Monday, April 22, 2019

M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong

Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint presents art and design works by Isamu Noguchi in dialogue with work by Danh Vo (Danish, born Vietnam, 1975). For this exhibition, M+ Museum collaborates closely with Vo—one of the most critically acclaimed artists today—and The Noguchi Museum on the selection and installation of Noguchi’s wide-ranging work. This collaboration offers a new reading and, at the same time, defines a new relationship between the two artists.


Photo ©Nick Ash / Danh Vo.

Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - Sunday, March 3, 2019

Berkeley Art Museum, University of California

In the early twentieth century, inspired by modern science such as Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, an emerging avant-garde movement sought to expand the “dimensionality” of modern art, engaging with theoretical concepts of time and space to advance bold new forms of creative expression. Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein illuminates the remarkable connections between the scientific and artistic revolutions that shaped some of the most significant works of the time, from Alexander Calder’s kinetic sculptures to Marcel Duchamp’s early experiments with Conceptual art. Others were inspired by emerging research into interstellar and microscopic spaces, while expanding knowledge of quantum mechanics transformed many artists’ views of the world, leading to new approaches to understanding the nature of everyday reality.


Isamu Noguchi, Yellow Landscape, 1943 (partially reconstructed, 1995). Magnesite, wood, string, metal. Photo: Kevin Noble. ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, NY / ARS.

Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture
Friday, October 5, 2018 - Sunday, January 6, 2019

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine

Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture investigates Noguchi’s expansive artistic practice by exploring his efforts to enlarge and challenge conventional notions of sculptural boundaries. Born in 1904, the Japanese-American modernist experimented endlessly with the intersection of objects, people, and space over the course of his 60-year career. Melding ideas and approaches to art from across the globe, Noguchi created traditional sculpture, landscape architecture, play structures, monuments, stage sets, interior designs, furniture, and more. This exhibition brings aspects of his varied production together, complicating notions of form and function and using the juxtaposition of materials, shapes, and techniques to encourage audiences to reimagine their sense of what sculpture can be.


Image: Isamu Noguchi, Black and Blue (Interior Landscape), 1958–59 (fabricated 1979–80). Aluminum, electrostatic paint, and polyurathane paint. ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / ARS.

Isamu Noguchi: Inside and Out
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - Sunday, January 6, 2019

SFO Museum, San Francisco International Airport

Located in the pre-security screening area in the international terminal, this exhibition’s two installations represent interior and exterior landscapes. The objects are drawn from Noguchi's last two forays in sheet metal kirigami, combined with his Akari lanterns. The galvanized steel pieces in the exterior environment, made from the same material as guardrails and lampposts, were conceived as a series of editions to answer the great demand for outdoor sculpture by him with works that are, like Akari, relatively lightweight, inexpensive, playful, and unpretentious. In the interior environment, Akari lanterns join a related body of work in cut-and-folded bronze plate designed to winkingly play off of the perceived preciousness and self-seriousness of bronze sculpture.
—Dakin Hart, Senior Curator, The Noguchi Museum


Image, from left: Isamu Noguchi, Jack in the Box, 1984. Bronze plate. Akari UF4-L10 (1986) and UF4-L8 (c. 1985). Washi paper, bamboo, metal. Collection of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, NY. Photo courtesy of SFO Museum.