An exhibition of two people who loved Japanese traditional culture and lived in avant-garde
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File.9 Yokohama Museum of Art "Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa-Change and Change" Exhibition
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 subtitle of the exhibition is "Rediscovery of Japan in the 1950s." In the United States, where Noguchi is based, it is the "Mid Century" heyday. Saburo Hasegawa must have left behind some stylish works. I feel like I'm going to find a wonderful world...
I went out for a press preview just before the opening. Although a gallery talk by curators will be held during the exhibition period, the exhibition room can be photographed only on this day, so I tried to participate in one hand of the digital camera on behalf of the readers.
This is Isamu Noguchi's "Elements of the Garden", which was exhibited at the Grand Gallery from Friday, November 16th, prior to the opening. It was created using Mannariishi from Okayama and has not been released for a long time since it was announced at a solo exhibition in NY in 1959.
Up to this point, there is no admission fee, so first of all, carefully work in a bright and spacious space. I want to appreciate If you think "Oh", go to the ticket window!
Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) was a sculptor who was born in the US to a Japanese father and an American mother and was 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 was active in the United States after meeting Noguchi.
Not long after the war... Rather, the two who met in Japan in the 1950s, which were under US occupation, sympathize with each other's ideas. Hasegawa will guide Noguchi, who was planning to travel to Kansai to visit old cultural heritage. Garden, architecture, ink painting, calligraphy, tea ceremony, haniwa, clay figurines, bronze, ceramics, 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 of them come to fruition as a work? I felt like exploring the academic world a little, and set foot in the exhibition room.
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.
Its the first chapter. Hasegawa's work I saw for the first time was so avant-garde that I was surprised! There are oil paintings, photographs, collages, prints, and Takumoto. It's a shame that the photos don't convey that "blurring feeling."
Before the war, Hasegawa was involved in the establishment of the Association of Free Artists, and in 1947 after the war he formed the Japan Avant-Garde Artist Club and resumed his career as a painter. As you can see from that career, there was a world of avant-garde that did not feel old even now.
://magcul.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/P1090571.jpg" alt="" width="2560" height="1920" /> There was such a cool person, I'm sorry to study. Hasegawa moved to the United States after meeting Noguchi, but moved to the United States and died shortly after he was young, so it seems that he was almost forgotten in Japan.
On the other hand, he said that he had a solo exhibition and lecture in NY in the United States, and since he moved to the West Coast, he has influenced the artists of Beat Generation. However, it seems that he has hardly spoken after his death because he is not an American.
It's just "like", and it's a wasteful story.
When he goes back and forth between the West and the East, he carries out creative activities, and when he thinks about the relationship between the two who influenced each other from their standing positions, they come across the word "globalization", which has been touted in recent years. Were they struggling to read the world long before such words were said? The meaning of "changing and unchanging" in the title may be deeper.
This is the sixth chapter, a group of works created by Noguchi after 1954, inspired by the culture of the East and Japan. The familiar "Akari" and "Garden Elements" exhibited in the Grand Gallery also belong here.
Because Noguchi's works are often touched in Japan today, this exhibition room somehow calms down. Perhaps I was nervous before I knew it in the values I touched for the first time.
ThisAt the exhibition, not only the appeal of the work itself, but also the social themes such as "intercultural exchange" and "globalization" are moved. An event that invites various instructors will be held during the exhibition period, so I would like you to use the five senses to experience "changing things and unchanging things."
This event has ended.
"Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa- Change and Change"
Date: Until Sunday, March 24, 2019
Venue: Yokohama Museum of Art
Opening hours: 10:00 ~ 18:00 * Until 20:30 on Saturday, March 2
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Closed days: Thursday, March 22 (Fri) *Open on March 21 (Thurs./holiday)
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.
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