Isamu Noguchi: Hidden Gardens, Sculpture and DesignArtTalk Retrospective in Museum Ludwig

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Dear ArtTalkers,

So happy 💖 to experience so many of you eager for art and exchange at our joyful April ArtTalk!

And we’ll continue this joyful journey with art! The upcoming June 2 ArtTalk is on the high-profile, expansive thought and work of the American sculptor with Japanese roots, Isamu Noguchi.

Between the glass facades of Southern California high-rise buildings, I recall Isamu Noguchi’s California Garden in my mind’s eye. A magical hidden place that invites quiet reflection and playful discovery. It’s been a number of years since I’ve visited the sculpture garden, but it still resonates in me! I’m very pleased to offer the next June 2 ArtTalk in Museum Ludwig on Isamu Noguchi’s fascinating life work.

Museum Ludwig is hosting the first extensive retrospective in Europe in over twenty years! It will cover all of Noguchi’s creative periods and practices with 150 very diverse and innovative works – from sculpture to furniture, lights to parks and ending in a monumental installation. The exhibition was organized and curated by Rita Kersting together with a contributions by the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, and the Barbican in Lon­don and in partnership with the Lille Métropole Musée d’art mod­erne. The generosity of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York helped make this stellar show possible.

Here is what Museum Ludwig has written about Noguchi:

“Noguchi is a great 20th sculptor, who is often better known for his iconic collaborations and design projects outside the strict domine of the fine arts, such as his coffee table for Hermann Miller, stage set for dancer Martha Graham, and Akari lights. His work was shaped by an expanded conception of sculpture and the question of human beings’ relationship to the earth, as well as his fascination with materials and technology.”

I’m really excited and delighted to introduce Noguchi’s work to you! It will be a journey of visual discovery and wonder 🤗

Have a look at the Ismu Noguchi’s extraordinary biography

Links to the exhibition and Museum Ludwig:

Join us for the upcoming ArtTalk on June 2!

What a treat to meet all of you to get excited about good art and joyful ideas! 🥳


Many thanks to Peter Ammann for his lovely photographs of me in the exhibition!


Session 1: 02.06.2022, 10:00 o’clock (Register here via email)
Session 2: 02.06.2022, 18:30 o’clock (Register here via email)

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Be sure to register for the June 2 ArtTalk by 26.05.2022


Museum Ludwig Köln, Heinrich-Böll-Platz, 50667 Köln


Free admission to the museum for all Cologne residents on the 1st Thursday. Non-residents pay €7 admission after 5 p.m. Don’t forget to bring proof of Cologne residency. It makes things easier if you have your valuables in a small bag that you don’t have to check.

ArtTalk Price: 20 € for adults and 5 € for students and children.

Please transfer the ArtTalk fee with your registration a week before the ArtTalk. If you pay and cannot attend, let me know where I can transfer your money back to you.

ArtTalk bank account:

DE 17 6723 0000 4019 2455 50 (new!)

Further information:

Meeting + Duration: We’ll meet in the foyer, to the right of the cashier. Listen for fun English chatter then you’ve found us! The ArtTalk is at least 1.5 to 2 hours depending on when we can begin (coat check, tickets etc.)and how much people engage. Often we’ll go afterward for a coffee or a drink and continue the discussion 🌞

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me: 0152 01581818.