Noguchi

Explore the kaleidoscopic career of artistic polymath Isamu Noguchi at the Barbican Centre's new exhibition. Peter Gray reports.

Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) is the subject of the Barbican’s latest exhibition. Known for his experimental and pioneering style, Noguchi saw sculpture as a vital force in everyday life and something which could bring people together.

The Barbican exhibition focuses on the Japanese American artist’s risk taking approach to his work and the philosophy that underpinned it. For Noguchi, art was something which ‘taught human beings how to become more human’ and the artist continually sought new ways to expand his practice.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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‘Everything is sculpture. Any material, any idea without hindrance born into space, I consider sculpture’ Noguchi once said of his discipline. 

Featuring over 150 examples of the artist’s work, the Barbican exhibition will showcase Noguchi’s dazzling versatility, as he shifts medium between stone, ceramics, wood, and aluminium. The exhibition also showcases the artist’s work in a range of other fields, with examples of theatre set designs, playground models, furniture, and lighting.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The first touring retrospective of the artist’s work in Europe for over 20 years, Noguchi is the result of a collaboration between the Barbican Centre (London), Museum Ludwig (Cologne) and Zentrum Paul Klee (Bern), in partnership with LaM – Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Noguchi will be at the Barbican from the 30th of September 2021 until the 9th of January 2022. More information about the exhibition can be found here.

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What: exhibition
When: 30 Sept 21 - 9 Jan 22
Where: Barbican Centre
Website: Noguchi