THE HAKONE OPEN-AIR MUSEUM

Permanent Exhibits

Shin Hongo

Shin Hongo (1905–1980)

Lamentation, 1959

Camphor, 133×51×45cm

Hongo was one of the most prominent figurative sculptors of the Showa era. Many of this highly public and social monuments, including Voices of the Sea, a monument for students killed in war, still remain in various locations. Of the few wooden sculptures that Hongo created, Lamentation is considered one of his best works. In the heavy, solid composition, large arms with one hand holding another covering the face, communicate a powerful sense of tension. The viewer cannot see the expression on the face, and this deepens the sense of sadness all the more.