Noguchi at Barbican

“I am interested in space and the movement of people and objects within space. There is a certain magic to it. It is as if you are inventing an order of things. I believe there is a secret relationship between space, objects, and perceptible and imperceptible movements.

Every artist working in this field tries to interpret that relationship in his or her own way. It is the composition and balance of those elements that give rise to the essence of drama and why not? – the essence of life itself.” Noguchi said about his constant creative experimentation.

Running for a few more weeks (until 23rd January 2022), Noguchi presented at Barbican Art Galleries in London, explores a lifetime of artistic innovations embodying drawings, furniture, lighting, designs, ceramics, architecture, landscaping and theatre sets.

Noguchi believed strongly in art and design’s social role and dedicated much of his life to creating public works such as parks, plazas, and fountains throughout the world. Through a series of archival films and maquettes, the exhibition reaches its final point with the artist / designer’s impressive achievements around the world.

Organized and curated by Barbican Centre (London), Museum Ludwig (Köln) and Zentrum Paul Klee (Bern), in partnership with LaM – Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut, the presentation features the evolution of a true pioneer, and covers the full spectrum of his creativity through an airy and delicate curation. Highlights include a 1935 film of Martha Graham’s elegant choreography within Noguchi’s sculptural environment, here by demonstrating his alliances with other artistic fields and artists.

In 1985, Noguchi opened the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, now known as the Noguchi Museum, in Long Island City, New York, a public space designed by the artist to exhibit, document, and preserve his oeuvre.

Isamu Noguchi stated in 1988 that “Art for me is something which teaches human beings how to become more human.” This exhibition, drawing from the collection of The Noguchi Museum in New York, as well as private and public collections, focuses on Noguchi as a global citizen and his innovative approach to sculpture as a living environment. Over 150 works are on view and the exhibition is a must-see.