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“Unique access to the artist's life in Japan”

The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
Ranked #12 of 188 things to do in Takamatsu
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

For travelers familiar with Isamu Noguchi from Western museums, gardens and his Martha Graham stage settings, this museum will be a revelation. The Noguchi Foundation has preserved his workshop and his home and provides scheduled hour long 'tours' which cover the two sites. (Reservations required). Most tours are in Japanese, but those non-speakers of Japanese familiar with Noguchi-san's work will not need the language to appreciate the tour. The tour includes a close look at the studio, the tools and many works-in-progress as well as a brief look at his home (no entry here - grounds only). Mure is a small town about 30 minutes east of Takamatsu on the island of Shikoku. Stone work is a principal industry here. For 20 years, Noguchi-san made this his home and studio for half-year stays when away from New York (Long Island City). His work site is surrounded by small commercial stone workers producing 'trade' stonework (headstone blanks, paving, cladding, etc.) . Mure is a place for workers, not ordinary gallery goers. The source of their material is at their backs. Mt. Gokenzan (Five Sword Mountain) provides an extremely hard, uniquely workable form of granite that characterizes most of Noguchi-san's stone work.
The Mure area is easily reachable from Takamatsu, but getting from the train stop to the site can be a problem. (On my first visit, my taxi driver from Takamatsu dropped me at a closed "Rock Art" museum). Use local Mure taxis when available. Website <<http://www.noguchi.org/museum/japan>>. Be aware of 'bad' street address listed as on this site as 'Museum Entrance' (bottom of page). The 'Contact' address is correct. The 'Entrance' information refers to the Long Island City site.

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