Changing and unchanging things

Exhibition May 1 − July 14, 2019
Noguchi Museum presents an exhibition “Changing and unchanging things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in post-war Japan”.

This is a large traveling exhibition dedicated to the consistent friendship between Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) and Saburo Hasegawa (1906-1957). During his life, Hasegawa was one of the most famous contemporary Japanese artists in the United States, and he is credited with introducing European abstraction into Japan as an art historian, critic and art theorist.

Their relationship began during Noguchi’s visit to Japan in 1950, as both artists sought to understand the fragmented post-war world and the potential of art in assembling it. Together they conducted a large-scale study of traditional Japanese design, culture and aesthetics; visiting historical sites and discussing modernization with the ultimate goal of creating modern art in Japan through the "true development" of its traditions.

The exhibition features more than 80 works by Noguchi and Hasegawa, in which the influence of their dialogue is traced.

Based on the materials of the official site Noguchi Museum.

Photos by Corrado Serra (