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Yokohama Museum of Art "Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa-What Changes and What Does Not Change"
Miyuki Inoue (Magcal Editorial Department)

Isamu Noguchi's “Akari” series is widely known as it is still manufactured and sold as a lighting fixture. But who is Saburo Hasegawa?
The exhibition's subtitle is “The Rediscovery of Japan in the 1950s.” In the US, where Noguchi was based, the mid-century was at its height. Saburo Hasegawa must have left a stylish piece. Premonition that I will meet some wonderful world ...
I went out for a press conference held just before the opening. Although gallery talks by curators will be held during the exhibition period, the exhibition room can only be photographed on this day, so I tried to participate in a digital camera with one hand on behalf of the readers.
This is Isamu Noguchi “Garden Elements”, which has been exhibited at the Grand Gallery since November 16 (Friday) last year. It was made using Okayama's Mannishi, a masterpiece that hasn't been released for a long time since it was announced in a private exhibition in New York in 1959.
So far you can enter without viewing fee, so first of all, look carefully at the work in a bright and spacious space I want to award. If you thought "Oh ~" is, GO to the ticket window!
Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) is a sculptor who was born to a Japanese father and an American mother and was active mainly in the United States. Saburo Hasegawa (1906-1957) was a painter and critic who studied in Paris in the early 30s and worked in the United States after meeting Noguchi.
Two people who met in Japan in 1950, which was under the occupation of the United States soon after the war, sympathized with each other's thoughts. Hasegawa will be the guide for Noguchi, who was planning to travel to Kansai while visiting an old cultural heritage site. Garden, architecture, ink painting, calligraphy, tea ceremony, Minowa, clay figure, bronze pottery, pottery, haiku, Zen, Taoism, etc. How did the philosophy of “the integration of the old East and the new West” that the two people shared based on that experience turned into a work? I went into the exhibition room with the feeling of exploring a little academic world.
The exhibition consists of 6 chapters and is structured so that you can appreciate Hasegawa and Noguchi's works alternately and sometimes in parallel.
The first chapter. The first Hasegawa work I saw was so avant-garde that I was surprised! There are oils, photos, collages, prints, Takumoto, and everything. It is regrettable that the “feeling of flying” is not transmitted in the photo.
Hasegawa was involved in the establishment of the “Free Artist Association” before the war, and in 1947 after the war he formed the “Japan Avant-garde Artist Club” and resumed his career as a painter. There is a super-avant-garde world that feels old as you can see from its background.
/ "alt =" "width =" 2560 "height =" 1920 "/> There was such a cool person, I'm sorry I didn't study ... Hasegawa traveled to the United States after meeting Noguchi, but moved to the US, and soon died young, so it was almost forgotten in Japan.
On the other hand, in the United States, he held solo exhibitions and lectures in New York, and after moving to the West Coast, he influenced the generations of beat generation. However, it seems that he was almost unspeakable after his death because he was not American.
It ’s just “apparent”, and it ’s a wasteful story.
When I go back and forth between the West and the East to do creative activities and think about the relationship between the two who have influenced each other, I come across the word “globalization” that has been popular in recent years. Did they try to read and understand the world long before the words were spoken? The meaning of “what changes and does not change” in the title may be much deeper.
This is Chapter 6 and Noguchi's works since 1954, which were inspired by Oriental and Japanese culture. The familiar “Akari” and “Garden Elements” on display at the Grand Gallery also belong here.
Noguchi's work seems to settle down somehow because there are many opportunities to touch it in Japan. Perhaps I was nervous before I noticed the values I touched for the first time.

This exhibitionIn addition to the appeal of the work itself, the exhibition also moves me to social themes such as “intercultural exchange” and “globalization”. There will also be an event that invites various instructors during the exhibition, so we hope you will experience "what changes and what does not change" using your five senses.

《Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa- Things that change and things that do not change》
Date: Until March 24, 2019 (Sun)
Venue: Yokohama Museum of Art
Opening hours: 10: 00-18: 00 * Saturday, March 2 until 20:30
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Closed: Thursday, March 22 (Friday) * Open on March 21 (Thursday / Holiday)

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    Yokohama Museum of Art opened to the public on November 3, 1989. It is one of the largest art institutions in Japan. With its iconic architecture, featuring the expansive space of the Grand Gallery, the museum is made up of a total of seven gallery spaces, as well as an Art Information and Media Center that holds over 110,000 art-related books, ateliers hosting a wide range of workshops for children and adults, and many other facilities.
    Located in the international seaport city of Yokohama, the museum focuses on collecting and showing modern and contemporary art created since the late 19th century, when the port of Yokohama opened, alongside many special exhibitions.

    The outward appearance:KASAGI Yasuyuki / Grand gallery:KASAGI Yasuyuki / Exhibition room:TANAKA Yuichiro

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