Sir David Adjaye OBE. Photo: Chris Schwagga / Cai Guo-Qiang. Photo: Lin Yi, courtesy Cai Studio

David Adjaye and Cai Guo-Qiang win an award

Isamu Noguchi (1904 to 1988) was born in the USA and he spent his life there, but his Japanese roots strongly influenced him and his work. As a sculptor, set designer, landscape architect and designer, he successfully combined Western and Asian elements – especially Japanese and Chinese – in his work. The Noguchi Museum in New York not only manages the estate of this exceptional artist, it also regularly honours artists, architects and designers whose work reflects a sense of innovative spirit, global responsibility and a commitment to cultural exchange between East and West. Because they embody this attitude, this year’s Isamu Noguchi Award goes to British architect Sir David Adjaye and Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang.

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