Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) was one of the most important sculptors of his time. He was a protean artist who, in addition to his sculpture, designed and created conceptual projects, landscaped environments, earthworks, gardens, plazas, stage sets, furniture and lighting fixtures. The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum Japan is the fulfillment of Noguchi’s wish that his former studio in Mure be an extension of his museum in New York, that it be a place to inspire artists and scholars. The collection on display (including those on loan from The Noguchi Museum, NY) includes 150 sculptures, many of which are still unfinished.

The totality is his metaphor for the world, an expression of "the notion of the universality of art, especially sculpture, or that which has to do with our environment". This museum preserves the working atmosphere of his studio and also aims to maintain archives which are open to scholarly research. We invite our visitors to experience and enjoy Noguchi’s world through his art and through his unique and timeless interpretation of those eternal verities we all seek.


Upcoming Isamu Noguchi Exhibition in Tokyo

Isamu Noguchi: Ways of Discovery
April 24, 2021 (Sat) – August 29 (Sun)
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Exhibition Rooms

A total of 21 works from the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, Japan are being loaned to this exhibition (12 stone works, 9 metal works). The exhibition represents a rare chance to see these works in Tokyo and to explore Noguchi’s art in depth.


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Announcing Changes in the Days on Which the Museum is Open

The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum Japan is normally open to visitors with reservations every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
From July through to the end of September 2020, however, the days on which the museum is open will vary. Please check the museum calendar to confirm which dates it is open.
There has been no change in any other details, such as the museum hours or the method for making a reservation.

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The museum will open from June 1, 2020. During the month of June, however, it will be open only for residents of Kagawa in compliance with the infection control measures recommended by the Kagawa prefectural government. Thereafter, we hope to open the museum gradually to people from other areas while closely monitoring developments in Japan and other parts of the world.

Visitors to the museum will have their temperatures taken prior to entering and are asked to wear face masks. Regretfully, we must turn away anyone with a temperature of 37.5 Celsius or above and anyone without a face mask.
When applying for a reservation, be sure to write your contact information and phone number so that we can get in touch if the situation requires us to close the museum suddenly.

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Due to the uncertainty of the situation with regards to the new corona virus COVID-19, the museum will be closed temporarily from March 1 to May 31, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your kind understanding. Once the situation has become clearer, we will make a further announcement concerning museum hours after May 31, 2020.

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The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum Japan 17th Anniversary Concert

Since the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum Japan opened seventeen years ago, it has welcomed people from all over the world who come to experience Noguchi’s art in his studio space in Mure. It is the kind generosity of many supporters that makes this possible. November 17, 2016 marks the 112th anniversary of Noguchi’s birth. To celebrate this occasion, a solo flute concert by distinguished flutist Hiroshi Koizumi will be held the day before on November 16.
Isamu Noguchi explored uncharted ground in abstract art, seeking resonance with nature and the universe, and his works are infused with this spirit. Beside Noguchi’s powerful work, Energy Void, within the tranquil setting of the museum, Hiroshi Koizumi will perform such pieces as Toru Takemitsu’s Itinerant—In Memory of Isamu Noguchi. We invite you to join us for this special occasion.

Date: November 16, 2016 (Wed.)

Place: The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum Japan

Morning Session: Maximum 80 people.
Applications accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Unassigned seating.
Doors Open: 10:30 at museum reception center
Museum Tour: 10:40-11:40 Tour of museum, excluding the Exhibition Kura
Concert: 12:00-13:00 Exhibition Kura

Afternoon Session: Maximum 80 people.
Applications accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Unassigned seating.
Doors Open: 13:30 at museum reception center
Museum Tour: 13:40-14:40 Tour of museum, excluding the Exhibition Kura
Concert: 15:00-16:00 Exhibition Kura

Performer: Hiroshi Koizumi

Program: Itinerant—In Memory of Isamu Noguchi (composed by Toru Takemitsu) and 4 other pieces

Fee: JPY5,000 per person tax included (museum viewing + concert)

Application: To apply please send the following information by fax or e-mail to the Museum.

1) Address, 2) Name, 3) Phone number, 4) Number of participants, 5) Morning or afternoon session


*Applicants who submit the above information will be sent further details.
*Due to the nature of the performance space, this event is not open to preschool children.

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