“Noguchi explores the kaleidoscopic career of a true artistic polymath. This exhibition, which is his first touring retrospective in Europe for 20 years, focuses on Noguchi as a global citizen and his risk-taking approach to sculpture as a living environment.”

The Barbican Gallery Official Website

The Barbican Centre continues to hold a large impact over the Barbican Estate in London, and even over the entirety of Europe. The Barbican is known for its performing arts exhibitions, ranging between classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre productions and fine art showcases. The Barbican has become a location of timelessness, displaying a range of talents between aspiring young performers who are yet to leave their impact on the Barbican, and remembering those who have formed the Barbican into the global stage it has become today.

As someone studying Fine Art A-Level and in the Upper Sixth, the staff of my sixth form college offered the wonderful opportunity for the whole of Year 13 to visit, to which I took that opportunity to learn about the structural process of fine art and performance alike.

The Barbican are currently holding an exhibition celebrating the work of Isamu Noguchi, deemed as ‘one of the most experimental and pioneering artists of the 20th Century’. As decided from his many works over the decades, over 150 of works have been presented towards the London public, sculpted into a variety of art pieces. These include head sculptures, set design products and innovative furniture, each of which resemble a part of our spiritual consciousness.

The Noguchi Exhibition continues to remain at the Barbican until 23rd January 2022. As of November this year, the gallery is open every day, from Sunday to Wednesday between 10AM-6AM (last entry 5PM), Thursday to Saturday between 10AM-8PM (last entry 7PM), and on bank holidays between 12PM-6PM (last entry 5PM).

Generally receiving an amazing variety of 5-star reviews, including outstandingly positive feedback from London audiences and critics alike, this is what critics had to say:

‘Noguchi created beautiful sculptures, and he did it so well that he changed the world.’ – Eddy Frankel, Time Out

‘Everyone should see this sparkling show.’ – Mark Hudson, The Independent

‘A dazzling display of the master’s multi-disciplinary work.’ – Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper

And those were just a few of the many reviews praising the exhibition. From my personal experience of the exhibition, I too would recommend this fascinating blend of culture and the arts.