Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan

Sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), of Japanese and American ancestry, sought to reintegrate art into people’s daily lives, as it was in the prehistoric or ancient remains he saw in his travels through Europe and Asia since 1949, while Saburo Hasegawa (1906-1957) was a leading figure in Japanese prewar abstraction as a painter, and as a theorist he studied Western modern art movements and the traditional arts of Japan, finding aspects common to both in abstract art. In May 1950 Noguchi set foot on Japanese soil, as the final destination of his travels, for the first time in 19 years, and had a fateful encounter with Hasegawa, who had known Noguchi’s work since 1948 and was so eager for dialogue that he planned to establish correspondence with the sculptor. They found astounding similarities and a powerful resonance between their shared interests and respective visions.


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    Yokohama Museum of Art
    3-4-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, JAPAN
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