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Henry Moore Collection

"When you are out in the open air in the sun, rain, and the clouds... this, I think, helps people to appreciate that sculpture is part of life."

This is the message that Henry Moore sent to The Hakone Open-Air Museum on the occasion of the establishment of the Henry Moore Grand Prize Exhibition, an international competitive sculpture exhibition run by the museum, initiated in 1979. This message reflects the museum's philosophy.

Henry Moore (1898-1986), a British sculptor, believed that sculpture is an art of the open air. Moore used objects that he found outside created by the power of nature, including small stones, seashells, driftwood, animal bones, and flint, as a never-ending source of inspiration. Moore's sculptures are influenced by three major themes: ‘mother and child’, ‘reclining figures’ and ‘internal-external forms’. To produce his work, he first developed ideas taken from natural objects such as small stones and bones. He would then create a small maquette (template model) of a size that could fit on the palm of the hand. Then, while imagining how the work would look when placed outdoors, he would produce an intermediate-sized model, before going on to select particular works for further enlargement into a full-size outdoor installation of between two and five meters in size.

1Henry MooreWorking Model for Sheep Piece1971110×153×107bronze
2Henry MooreFalling Warrior1956-5761×153×78bronze
3Henry MooreSeated Woman1957160×142×104bronze
4Henry MooreWorking Model for Standing Figure: Knife Edge1961172×60×60bronze
15Henry MooreMother with Child on Lap198282×47×53bronze
16Henry MoorePicture Frame: Mother and Child197712.5×12×10.5bronze
17Henry MooreLarge Slow Form1962-6849.5×84.5×46bronze
18Henry MooreThree Standing Figures195377.5×72.5×32bronze
19Henry MooreThree-Quarter Woman198310×5×4.4bronze
20Henry MoorePicture Frame: Roman Matron197712.5×11.5×10bronze
21Henry MooreMaquette for Carving: Points19748.5×12.5×10bronze
22Henry MooreTwo Bulb Forms198310.5×7.3×5.1bronze
23Henry MooreDraped Reclining Figure195735.5×77×33bronze
24Henry MooreUpright Internal / External Form: Flower195176×25×23bronze
25Henry MooreUpright Connected Forms197920×12×13bronze

Medardo Rosso Collection

Medardo Rosso, an Italian Sculptor (1858-1928) opened up new potential in the world of sculpture at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. Much of his work is small in size, and the pieces look unfinished owing to the technique and materials. His sculpture reflects the moments of joy and sorrow of the ordinary person as if they were sketches. It evokes the viewer’s visual memories, leaving an unforgettable impression.

Rosso’s interest is not in interpreting the subject in the usual three dimensions. Instead, he uses the direct effect of light on the sculpture itself in order to create an indelible impression of the real-life instant that is the theme of the work. Rosso defines the point from which he wishes his work to be seen, and broadened the framework of sculptural idea and expression, using painterly techniques such as shading and fading.

5Medardo RossoBambino Ebreo1892-9323.7×10.9×13.2wax, plaster
6Medardo RossoMalato all'Ospedale188923.5×30.4×27.9bronze
7Medardo RossoLa Portinaiacirca 1883-8438.1×28.4×16wax, plaster
8Medardo RossoBambino alle Cucine Economiche189344×46×30bronze
9Medardo RossoMalato all'Ospedale188920.8×17.8×28.4wax, plaster
10Medardo RossoLa Portinaia188335×34×23bronze
11Medardo RossoGavrochecirca 1882-8330.5×20.8×26bronze
12Medardo RossoLo Scaccino188338.2×27.9×12.7wax, plaster
13Medardo RossoIl Vecchio188328.8×16×17.8bronze
14Medardo RossoRieuse189035.5×23.3×25.4bronze


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