Exhibition

Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan

1 May 2019 – 14 Jul 2019

Event times

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 am–5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11 am–6 pm
Closed Monday & Tuesday

Cost of entry

General admission: $10
Seniors (65+): $5
Students with a valid ID: $5

The Noguchi Museum

New York
New York, United States

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Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan is a major traveling exhibition focused on the consequential friendship between Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) and Saburo Hasegawa (1906–1957). In his lifetime, Hasegawa was among the most renowned contemporary Japanese artists in the United States, and credited with introducing European abstraction to Japan in his role as an art historian, critic, and art theorist.

Their relationship was kindled during Noguchi’s visit to Japan in 1950, as both artists sought to understand the fragmented postwar world and the potential of art in reassembling it. Together, they undertook a wide-ranging study of traditional Japanese design, culture, and aesthetics; visiting historic sites, and debating modernization with the ultimate goal of making modern art in Japan through the “true development” of its traditions. Comprising more than 80 contemporary and subsequent works by Noguchi and Hasegawa, the exhibition traces influences of their dialogue.

Exhibiting artists

Saburo Hasegawa

Isamu Noguchi

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