Past Exhibitions


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

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Isamu Noguchi at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Noguchi Museum has loaned artworks to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the inaugural exhibition in its new landscaped sculpture garden overlooking Boathouse Row on the Schuylkyll River. The loan honors the PMA's late Director, Anne d'Harnoncourt, who was a great supporter and advocate of Noguchi's work since her early years as a curator at the Museum.

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On Becoming an Artist: Isamu Noguchi and his Contemporaries, 1922-1960
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - Sunday, April 24, 2011

Organized by independent curator Amy Wolf, this exhibition presents a comprehensive survey of Isamu Noguchi’s most important artistic relationships with influential figures in art, dance, architecture and design. These friendships and collaborations include: Arshile Gorky, Alexander Calder, Constantin Brancusi, Berenice Abbott, Frida Kahlo, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Louis Kahn, and many others. The exhibition encompasses Noguchi’s formative experiences with sculptors Gutzon Borglum and Onorio Ruotolo, his Guggenheim Fellowship in Paris in the late 1920s, an important early commission in Mexico City, design work in theatre and with industrial designers George Nelson and Florence Knoll in the 1940s and -50s, and concludes with Noguchi’s five-year collaborative project (unrealized) with architect Louis Kahn to build a playground in New York City. In addition to pivotal works by Noguchi, the exhibition illuminates his relationships through personal photographs, exhibition-related ephemera and correspondence from The Noguchi Museum Archive, as well as sculptures, paintings and drawings by those who influenced his artistic practice. On Becoming an Artist coincides with the 25th anniversary year of The Noguchi Museum.

On Becoming an Artist: Isamu Noguchi and His Contemporaries, 1922-1960 is generously supported by Malcolm and Jennifer Nolen, Knoll, the Robert Lehman Foundation and, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts. The Museum also gratefully acknowledges the support of AXA Art Insurance Corporation and DeWitt Stern, Insurance and Risk Advisory.

Highlights from the Collection
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - Sunday, April 24, 2011

Complimenting the Museum’s permanently installed lower levels, selections from the Museum’s Permanent Collection are now on view in the upstairs galleries.  Artworks featured include select Paris Abstractions, interlocking sculptures, Peking Brush Drawings, and cast bronzes.

California Scenario: The Courage of Imagination
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - Sunday, October 24, 2010

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Noguchi’s landscape project California Scenario, located in Costa Mesa, California, the Noguchi Museum presents an exhibition documenting its conception and realization. Initially approached in 1980 to create a fountain for a corporate park by the developer Henry T. Segerstrom, Noguchi expanded the project to become one of his most fully-integrated landscape compositions. Inhabiting 1.6 acres, Noguchi’s vision of the highly diverse terrain of California, his birthplace, is achieved through seven large-scale sculptural elements as well as a careful selection of local flora whose steady growth has resulted in a presence equal to the corresponding manmade elements. The project will be represented by photographs, both old and new, video documentation, as well as a newly commissioned model that will be situated alongside the original plan by Noguchi.

Noguchi ReINstalled
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - Sunday, October 24, 2010

To formally commemorate the reopening of The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in its completely renovated state, the Museum will present Noguchi ReINstalled. While the Museum’s first floor galleries and indoor/outdoor space have remained relatively unchanged, this exhibition will mark the first time the Permanent Collection will be on view in its entirety since the spring of 2002. Through consultation of the Museum’s vast photographic archives, every effort will be made to present the collection as close to Noguchi’s original intentions as possible. By June 17, a number of objects loaned to exhibitions abroad will also be returned to their intended configuration in the Museum’s galleries and garden. A number of recent acquisitions to the Museum’s collections, including a recently fabricated model reproducing Noguchi’s ambitious design for the five-acre site at the Billy Rose Sculpture Garden in Jerusalem from 1960 – 1965 will also be on view.

Isamu Noguchi, Between East and West
Sunday, June 27, 2010 - Sunday, September 26, 2010

This is the first time that Noguchi's work is being presented in Greece. The exhibition, which will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros, through September 26, 2010, will feature a total of 76 works, including 42 sculptures, 34 drawings and preliminary sketches, and a series of photographs documenting stage sets designed by the artist for various performances, as well as public works realized across Europe, Asia and the United States.

Learn more from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros, Greece.