THE HAKONE OPEN-AIR MUSEUM

Permanent Exhibits

Umberto Boccioni

Umberto Boccioni (Italy, 1882–1916)

Forme uniche della continuità nello spazio, 1913

Bronze, 110×90×42cm

Only four pieces of Boccioni’s work are still in existence. The rest have been lost. Of the four, this piece is at the apex of Boccioni’s art and the pinnacle of futurism in sculptures. Rather than cutting away a single instant out of the dynamic movement of a running human body and creating a still piece, he considered how best to simultaneously express such elements as movement, its relationship with the surrounding space, and time, and ultimately arrived at this form. Thanks to Boccioni’s work, sculptures began to express such concepts as movement and time.