Past Exhibitions


View photographs and learn more about past exhibitions at The Noguchi Museum and other institutions around the world.

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Design: Isamu Noguchi and Isamu Kenmochi
Thursday, September 20, 2007 - Sunday, May 25, 2008

On view at The Noguchi Museum September 20, 2007 - May 25, 2008 Isamu Kenmochi and Isamu Noguchi first met at the architect Kenzo Tange’s office at Tokyo University June 24th, 1950. From August of that same year, Noguchi spent approximately two weeks at the Industrial Arts Research Institute in Tokyo where Kenmochi was serving as a technical officer. The two Isamus shared a similar mission: to create and design a universally exceptional object, something with an intrinsic beauty of simplicity that is grounded in the knowledge of natural materials but also combined with a vision and embrace of experimental techniques and materials. Based in Japanese traditions of design, they both understood that this shared mission needed to go beyond the mere exotic. One of Kenmochi’s and Noguchi’s many collaborations resulted in a strikingly original woven bamboo chair made in 1950. This actual chair is no longer extant but will be recreated for the purpose of this exhibition. It is a classical sculptural form of texture and beauty as well as representing a technical accomplishment, distilling the natural elasticity and strength of bamboo with the durability and efficiency of iron. Together these two artists and designers made a chair that created a sense of lightness in modern design with a charm of warm, seemingly traditional tactility.

Shin Banraisha: A Cultural Memory
Wednesday, November 1, 2006 - Sunday, April 15, 2007

Approximately forty photographic panels document the creation and destruction of this collaboration between architect Yoshirō Taniguchi, interior designer Isamu Kenmochi, and Isamu Noguchi.

Best of Friends: R. Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi
Friday, May 19, 2006 - Sunday, October 15, 2006

Best of Friends: Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi, curated by Shoji Sadao, looks closely at the vital friendship and collaboration between Buckminster Fuller, an icon of modern creative and scientific thought, and Isamu Noguchi, one of the of twentieth century's most acclaimed sculptors and designers.

The Imagery of Chess Revisited
Friday, October 21, 2005 - Sunday, April 16, 2006

Guest curated by Larry List, The Noguchi Museum recreates and expands the groundbreaking 1944 exhibition organized by Marcel Duchamp and Max Ernst at the Julien Levy Gallery. In addition to Isamu Noguchi, the exhibition features original designs by artists such as Man Ray, Arshile Gorky and Yves Tanguy.

Exhibition Brochure (PDF)

Noguchi's Collectibles
Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - Saturday, September 10, 2005

This installation at The Noguchi Museum displays a number of never before exhibited objects from Noguchi's personal collection, revealing his private sense of design, simplicity and its cultural basis. Noguchi's Collectibles presents a rare opportunity to better understand Noguchi's approach to sculpture and design.

Noguchi and Graham: Selected Works for Dance
Thursday, December 2, 2004 - Sunday, May 1, 2005

Noguchi and Graham: Selected Works for Dance includes nine of the nineteen dance sets Isamu Noguchi designed for Martha Graham, as well as supplementary footage of the dances being performed, archival photographs, and ephemera.