Noguchi Museum Partners with Designer Robert Stadler in New Exhibition

Debuting on April 26 at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, Queens, New York, “Solid Doubts” showcases the work of the museum’s namesake artist alongside Paris-based, Austrian designer Robert Stadler. Co-curated by Stadler and Noguchi Museum’s senior curator Dakin Hart, it marks the museum’s first exhibition to present a contemporary designer’s work in dialogue with Isamu Noguchi’s sculptures and designs.

Image: Robert Stadler, Cut_Paste #4, 2015. Courtesy Robert Stadler / Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Isamu Noguchi, Gift, 1964 and Baby Figure, 1958. Collection of The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum. Photo: Nicholas Knight.

Four distinct installations of Stadler and Noguchi’s work are mounted—three in the galleries and one in the sculpture garden, illuminating the scope of Noguchi’s continuing impact on contemporary culture and critiquing traditional notions of the relationship between furniture and sculpture.

Robert Stadler, Cut_paste #4, 2015; Isamu Noguchi, Gift, 1964 and Baby Figure, 1958. Photomontage: Studio Robert Stadler.

Robert Stadler, Rest in Peace #2 (chair), 2004 (fabricated 2012). Cast aluminum, epoxy paint. Courtesy of the artist.

“This exhibition, the Museum’s first to feature a contemporary designer’s work in dialogue with Noguchi’s sculptures and designs, is a powerful demonstration of Noguchi’s lasting relevance,” says Noguchi Museum director Jenny Dixon. “Beyond that, in pairing his work with that of the exceptional Robert Stadler, Solid Doubts opens new ways of looking at the practice of both, which is exactly what an exhibition should do. We are additionally pleased that the exhibition is part of Oui Design, a program initiated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.”

Robert Stadler, Cut_Paste #8, 2015. Nero Marquina, Olimpo Striato, Stonewood marble, AluCore. Isamu Noguchi, Pink Jizo, c.1960. Marble, brass.

Robert Stadler, Pools and Pouf!, 2004 (fabricated 2017). Upholstered leather, plywood, synthetic textile. Isamu Noguchi, Akari [1N], 1968. Paper, bamboo, metal, electric components. Isamu Noguchi, Floating Lunar, 1945.

The exhibition explores that ways in which both Stadler and Noguchi probe the concepts inherent to art, design, material, and space. Solid Doubts will be on view through September 3, 2017.

Isamu Noguchi, Floating Lunar, 1945. Magnesite, electric components. Private collection.

Robert Stadler, Pools and Pouf!, 2004 (fabricated 2017). Upholstered leather, plywood, synthetic textile. Isamu Noguchi, Akari [1N], 1968. Paper, bamboo, metal, electric components. Isamu Noguchi, Lunar Lamp Prototype, c.1951. Fiberglass resin, metal, electric components.

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