“Masaaki Noda The Arc of My Life in Art: 50 Years — From New York to the World”
September 17, 2022 to December 18, 2022
Nariwa Museum, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
Museum Design: Tadao Ando
TAKAHASHI CITY, OKAYAMA PREFECTURE, JAPAN. – The Takahashi City Nariwa Museum of Art is presenting “Masaaki Noda The Arc of My Life in Art: 50 Years From New York to the World”, September 17- December 18, 2022, a retrospective of the work of the artist Masaaki Noda, from his native Japan to New York City highlighting his painting and sculpture.
Born in Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Prefecture in 1947, Masaaki Noda received his early training in art in Japan, and in 1967 moved to New York City to attend The Art Students League. Noda has continued his relationship to Japan, spending part of his time every year in Japan. Initially, Noda focused on silk screens and paintings and in the 90’s has moved as well into sculpture.
His sculptures are found internationally with many monumental works in stainless steel, which he prefers for outdoor sculptures. His outdoor sculptures are found not only in Japan, but in China, Mongolia, Delphi, Athens, Marathon and Lefkada, Greece and the United States.
His stainless steel sculptures are known for their interaction with the changing environment of sun, rain, snow, clouds, vegetation with the sculptures becoming part of the surroundings. Each season and each change of weather provide a new experiences.
The Nariwa Museum of Art collection is primarily devoted to Japanese Impressionism and the work of Torajiro Kojima. Kojima was a contemporary of the great Yumeji and represents what many consider the belle époque of art internationally.
In 1994, the Museum opened a new building designed by Tadao Ando, a internationally known and prolific architect architect. His museum designs include the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Himeji City Museum of Literature, Akita Museum of Art, Chikatsu Asuka Museum, the Suntory Museum, The Hansol Museum (S. Korea), and many others.
Tadao Ando’s body of work is known for the creative use of natural light and for structures that follow natural forms of the landscape, rather than disturbing the landscape by making it conform to the constructed space of a building. Ando’s buildings are often characterized by complex three-dimensional circulation paths. These paths weave in between interior and exterior spaces formed both inside large-scale geometric shapes and in the spaces between them. ” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tadao_Ando
It is fitting that Noda’s show will take place at a museum designed by Tadao Andro, whose buildings involve the creative use of natural light and interaction with the environment and landscape. Noda’s sculptures are known for their interaction with the environment.