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Yokohama Museum of Art "Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa- Things That Change and Things That Don't Change"
Miyuki Inoue (Magical Editor)

Isamu Noguchi's Akari series is widely known as it is still manufactured and sold as lighting equipment. But who is Saburo Hasegawa?
The subtitle of the exhibition is "Mid Century" in the heyday of the United States where Noguchi was based, "Rediscovering Japan in the 1950s." Saburo Hasegawa must have left a stylish work. I have a feeling that I can meet a wonderful world.
I went out for a press preview just before the opening. The curator's gallery talks will be held during the event, but the exhibition room can only be photographed on this day, so I replaced the readers and took part in a digital camera.
This is Isamu Noguchi's "Garden Elements", which has been on display at the Grand Gallery since November 16 (Fri) last year before the opening. Manufactured using Okayama's Mannarishi, a masterpiece that has not been shown for a long time since it was announced at a solo exhibition in New York in 1959.
Up to this point, you can enter without any admission fee, so first look carefully at the work in a bright and spacious space I want to award. If you think "Oh," go to the ticket counter!
Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) was born to a Japanese father and an American mother, and is a sculptor mainly active in the United States. Saburo Hasegawa (1906-1957) was a painter and critic who traveled to Paris in the early 30's and became acquainted with Noguchi in the United States.
Soon after the war ... they met in 1950 Japan, which was under US occupation, and they sympathized with each other's ideas. Hasegawa will serve as a guide for Noguchi, who was planning to travel to the Kansai area to visit the old cultural heritage. Garden, architecture, ink painting, calligraphy, tea ceremony, haniwa, clay figurines, bronze dot, pottery, haiku, zen, Taoism, etc. From that experience, how did the idea of "unification of the old East and the new West" shared by the two people come to fruition as a work? I walked into the exhibition room with the feeling of exploring a little academic world.
The exhibition consists of six chapters, and is designed so that the works of Hasegawa and Noguchi can be viewed alternately and sometimes in parallel.
Chapter 1 of that. The work of Hasegawa I saw for the first time is so avant-garde that I'm surprised! There are oil paintings, photographs, collages, prints, and Takumoto. It is a pity that the "feeling of flying" is not transmitted in the photos.
Before the war, Hasegawa was involved in the establishment of the Free Art Association, and in 1947 he formed the Japan Avant-garde Artist Club and resumed his activities as a painter. As you can see from his background, there was a super avant-garde world that does not feel old even now.
/ "alt =" "width =" 2560 "height =" 1920 "/> There was such a cool person, I'm not studying ... Hasegawa first traveled to the United States after meeting Noguchi and moved to the United States, where he died shortly after a young age, and was almost forgotten in Japan.
On the other hand, he held solo exhibitions and lectures in the United States in the United States, and since moving to the West Coast, has influenced beat generation writers. However, he seems to have been hardly told after his death because he was not an American.
It's just "like" and it's a waste.
When he travels back and forth between the West and the East to perform creative activities, and thinks about the relationship between the two who influenced each other's positions, he came across the word "globalization" that has been hailed in recent years. Long before such words were said, were they struggling to read the world? The meaning of "changes and things that do not change" in the title may be much deeper.
This is Chapter 6, a series of works from 1954 that Noguchi inspired by Oriental and Japanese culture. The familiar "Akari" and "Garden Elements" exhibited in the Grand Gallery also belong here.
Perhaps because Noguchi's work is often touched even in Japan today, this exhibition room is somewhat calm. Perhaps he was nervous before he realized his values for the first time.

This exhibitionAt the exhibition, not only the appeal of the work itself, but also social themes such as "intercultural exchange" and "globalization" are moved. During the exhibition, there will be an event inviting a variety of instructors, so be sure to use your five senses to experience "changing and unchanging".

《Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa- Things that Change and Things that Do Not Change》
Period: Until Sunday, March 24, 2019
Venue: Yokohama Museum of Art
Opening hours: 10: 00-18: 00 * Saturday, March 2 until 20:30
(Admission until 30 minutes before closing)
Closed: Thursday, March 22 (Fri) * Open on March 21 (Thu)

* Click here for event information!

    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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