Hakone open air art musuem
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Hakone open air art musuem Dec 29, 2008
The Hakone open air art musuem is a large outdoor musuem focussing on western and Japanese 19th and 20th century sculptures. Artists that are featured in the musuem includes Bourdelle, Despiau,Rodin and Moore. They also have some pieces by the famous Japanese sculptor Okamoto Taro the artist who is well known in Osaka for sculpturing the symbol of the Osakan Expo.
The musuem also holds a collection of Picasso works which opened in 1984 being the first Picasso musuem in Japan, after aquiring 188 pieces of ceramics that had been inherited by his oldest daughter. The Picasso collection now numbers more than 300 items. There is also a photo collection of Picasso's life taken by David Douglas Duncan, during 17 years from 1956 to Picasso's death at age 91.
The musuem also holds one of the worlds largest collections of work by the English sculptor Henry Moore but to be honest I preferred many of the other sculptors work.
The Musuem is located out the front of Chukoku no mori train station and is open from 9am to 5pm, admission permitted 30 minutes prior to closing. The entrance admission is rather expensive at 1600 yen per person but you are given a 200 yen discount if you have the Hakone free pass. There is also an audio guide available for 300 yen with a 1000 yen deposit ,which we never purchased . All in all a great place that I highly recommend.
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