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Isamu Noguchi Retrospective to Open in London This Year

Telling the story of his six-decade career.

London’s the Barbican has announced plans for an exhibition focusing on the work of Isamu Noguchi, the first European touring retrospective of his work for 20 years. The exhibition — titled simply “Noguchi” — will showcase Noguchi’s wide-ranging career, that spanned six decades and covered sculpture, architecture, dance and design.

The 150 works in “Noguchi” are drawn from public and private collections as well as the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in New York. Stand-outs include a selection of sculptures, along with theater set designs, architectural models and examples of Noguchi’s lighting and furniture design. Additionally, archive material will offer insights in Noguchi’s young life, as the son of a Japanese father and American mother, and his time travelling across the world.

Announcing the exhibition, Jane Alison, Head of Visual Arts at the Barbican, said, “Noguchi constantly pushed the limits of art, experimenting with materials, scale and place to create art with a purpose. He saw sculpture as a means of creating harmony between humans, industry and nature, as a way to improve how we live, as invention, as play, as art. For fans of Noguchi or those yet to discover his work, I am sure this will be a joy and a revelation.”

Noguchi at the Barbican is due to open on September 30, 2021, and will run until January 9, 2022. For more information, visit the Barbican’s website.

In other art news, we recently caught up with Charlie Porter to discuss his new book, What Artists Wear.

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