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Changing and Unchanging Things:
Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan

November 29, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 8, 2019

Free – $25

Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan considers the consequential friendship of two artists, one Japanese American but drawn to Japan, the other Japanese but influenced by the West, both in search of a new direction for modern art in the aftermath of the Second World War.

U.S.-born sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) and Japanese painter, theorist and teacher Saburo Hasegawa (1906–1957) both reacted to the catastrophic effects of the war by questioning how art could balance tradition and modernity, Japanese culture and foreign influences, past and present. They were both committed to modernist practices, such as the removal of the inessential, truth to materials and a utopian belief of the power of art to improve society, but felt that modernism needed a new direction, one that could be provided by a deep exploration of Japanese art and design. Together, they visited historic gardens, palaces and temples around Kyoto to immerse themselves in traditional Japanese culture.

Tues–Sun 10am – 5pm through December 5th  |  Closed Monday


November 29, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free – $25
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