MOCA, Andros, Greece
June 27 through September 26
Andros Town, 84500 Andros, Greece
Τ. +30 22820 22444

The Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation, in collaboration with The Noguchi Museum, is for the first time in Greece presenting the work of influential Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904–88). The exhibition features a total of 76 works, including 42 sculptures, 34 drawings and preliminary sketches, and a series of photographs documenting stage sets designed by the artist for various performances, as well as public works realized across Europe, Asia and the U. S.

Isamu Noguchi’s contribution to contemporary sculpture and design is immeasurable. An artist of dual heritage (his mother was American and his father –a poet– was Japanese), Noguchi was introduced to Greece and Greek culture by his mother, Leonie Gilmour, who read classic Greek mythology to her young son. Later on he would visit Greece on many occasions and would always express nothing but respect and admiration for the masterpieces of classical sculpture.

Because of his dual ancestry, Noguchi often found himself caught ‘in between’ East and West, and it is this which the exhibition focuses on. Emotionally torn, yet acutely sensitive to the political realities of his time, Noguchi responded to the attacks by proposing two works, Monument to Heroes and Memorial to the Dead of Hiroshima (1952), both of which would remain unrealized. Nevertheless, in 1951 he was commissioned to design two bridge railings for Hiroshima’s Peace Park.