Isamu Noguchi: from sculpture to body and garden
In a nutshell
Isamu Noguchi was a multi hyphenate: sculptor, landscape architect, painter, illustrator, furniture designer, set designer, and creator of the Akari paper lamps. The exhibition includes examples of all aspects of his artwork including sculptures; photos, videos and models of his fountains, large outdoor sculptures, playgrounds and gardens; beautiful sketches with calligraphy-like brush strokes (Beijing drawings); and photos and videos of set designs and costumes.
The Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery is part of the Tokyo Opera City multimedia arts complex in Nishishinjuku. The gallery is a generous space with exhibition rooms on two floors. Admission to the Noguchi exhibition includes admittance to Abstract Painting from the Tarada Collection and works by Saiko Kimura.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
Almost no English. The title cards are translated into English but all other information, including the list of works, is only in Japanese. The exhibition information on the website is only in Japanese but is readable with machine translation.
Photos of two pieces are allowed.
The opportunity to see the beauty and variety of Noguchi’s work should not be missed.
Because Noguchi was proficient in so many different areas, there is something for almost any art lover.
How far out?
A five minute walk from the Hatsudai Station of the Keio New Line. There are helpful direction signs in the station.
How much time?
About 45 minutes
How much money?
¥1,200 for general admission
September 24, 2018
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Make a special trip.