Past Exhibitions


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

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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.

NEXUS NEW YORK: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis
Saturday, October 17, 2009 - Sunday, February 28, 2010

Noguchi's portrait of the painter Jose Orozco is included in a survey exhibition of Caribbean and Latin American artists who pursued careers in New York at El Museo del Barrio, New York. This exhibition marks El Museo del Barrio's first exhibition in its newly renovated space. Visit for more information.

From Plaster to Stone
Monday, May 25, 2009 - Sunday, August 30, 2009

On view at The Noguchi Museum March 25 – August 30, 2009 Beginning in the 1940s, Isamu Noguchi began using small paper models as an aid in creating his larger biomorphic sculptures. Noguchi continued this practice for the rest of his career, using plaster maquettes to envision larger stone or metal works, often including penciled instructions on them to guide different technical effects. In this small exhibition created in conjunction with The Noguchi Museum’s Education Department, a selection of Noguchi’s maquettes is presented with photographs and finished sculptures to illustrate both Noguchi’s faithfulness to his original ideas and his flexibility in response to the unpredictable nature of stone.

What is Sculpture? Akari from the 1986 Venice Biennale
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - Sunday, May 31, 2009

On view at The Noguchi Museum February 18 – May 31, 2009 When Isamu Noguchi was invited to represent the United States in the 1986 Venice Biennale, he juxtaposed stone sculpture with his Akari Light Sculptures to communicate his ideas on the reflexive relationship between the material he employed and his belief in the inner “essence” of sculpture. Noguchi had been experimenting with the conventional Japanese lamp’s mulberry paper and bamboo construction for over three decades, adapting its form to express the contrast between permanence and the transitory, between the traditional and modern invention, and between fine and functional art. Akari translates as “light as illumination”. For Noguchi, light acted as one aspect of the perception of space, and space was a central concern of his career. The Noguchi Museum will present a small but significant display of Noguchi’s Akari Light Sculptures, as they were featured in the American Pavilion at the 1986 Venice Biennale exhibition, with several one-of-a kind designs balanced by smaller, iconic forms that remain in production today.

The Full Figure and Portraiture 1926-1941
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - Friday, May 15, 2009

Was on view at The Noguchi Museum February 13, 2008 through March 15, 2009 The Noguchi Museum exhibited a full figure bronze sculpture, entitled Undine (Nadja), in its first public exhibition since the 1920s. Isamu Noguchi’s unique vision emerged in response to the Western figurative traditions and techniques he experienced firsthand in the workshop of the sculptor Gutzon Borglum and through his mentor, Onorio Ruotolo. Organized around Undine, this exhibit also highlights a selection of portrait busts from the permanent collection which illustrate Noguchi’s growing confidence owing to his formative academic training and a natural gift for incisive portraiture.