Past Exhibitions


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

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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.

Isamu Noguchi at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Thursday, July 17, 2008 - Monday, May 4, 2009

The first major European exhibition of Isamu Noguchi’s work is presented at England’s Yorkshire Sculpture Park. With more than 150 sculptures, drawings, and dance and theater sets from The Noguchi Museum's collection, including five major sculptures from the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum in Mure, Japan, the selection represents nearly every facet of Noguchi’s career. The work is situated throughout the YSP’s four indoor galleries, located within a pastoral environment of eighteenth-century parkland. Corresponding to Noguchi’s enduring interest in the interaction between art and landscape, some work is also sited outdoors, complementing the park’s permanently displayed sculptures and installations.

The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860 - 1989
Saturday, January 3, 2009 - Sunday, April 19, 2009

This exhibition illuminates the dynamic and profound impact of Asian art and philosophical concepts on American artistic practices of the late 19th century, early modern, and postwar avant-garde periods. Accompanying The Third Mind, the Guggenheim Museum's Sackler Center for Arts Education will feature Noguchi: The Bollingen Journey 1949-56, an exhibition of selected photographs by Isamu Noguchi taken while traveling the world on a Bollingen Fellowship. This small exhibition will also include a limited-edition Ivory Press book, Isamu Noguchi, 18 Drawings and 18 Photographs, as well as a text by Pico Iyer. Both exhibitions will be on view at the Guggenheim through April 19, 2009. For more information please visit

Highlights from the Collection
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - Sunday, January 18, 2009

On view at The Noguchi Museum June 18, 2008 – January 18, 2009 The Noguchi Museum presents a survey of over 20 works drawn from its collection, including a number of rarely seen sculptures. Objects representing many aspects of Noguchi’s career are installed in the second floor galleries, ranging from ceramics completed during Noguchi’s visits to Japan in the early 1950s to works from the last two decades of his life when he was increasingly dedicated to working with the natural properties of a variety of stones.

Design: Isamu Noguchi and Isamu Kenmochi
Thursday, September 20, 2007 - Sunday, May 25, 2008

On view at The Noguchi Museum September 20, 2007 - May 25, 2008 Isamu Kenmochi and Isamu Noguchi first met at the architect Kenzo Tange’s office at Tokyo University June 24th, 1950. From August of that same year, Noguchi spent approximately two weeks at the Industrial Arts Research Institute in Tokyo where Kenmochi was serving as a technical officer. The two Isamus shared a similar mission: to create and design a universally exceptional object, something with an intrinsic beauty of simplicity that is grounded in the knowledge of natural materials but also combined with a vision and embrace of experimental techniques and materials. Based in Japanese traditions of design, they both understood that this shared mission needed to go beyond the mere exotic. One of Kenmochi’s and Noguchi’s many collaborations resulted in a strikingly original woven bamboo chair made in 1950. This actual chair is no longer extant but will be recreated for the purpose of this exhibition. It is a classical sculptural form of texture and beauty as well as representing a technical accomplishment, distilling the natural elasticity and strength of bamboo with the durability and efficiency of iron. Together these two artists and designers made a chair that created a sense of lightness in modern design with a charm of warm, seemingly traditional tactility.

Shin Banraisha: A Cultural Memory
Wednesday, November 1, 2006 - Sunday, April 15, 2007

Approximately forty photographic panels document the creation and destruction of this collaboration between architect Yoshirō Taniguchi, interior designer Isamu Kenmochi, and Isamu Noguchi.