Japanese first open-air sculpture park Hakone
One of the favorite places of pilgrimage of every Japanese is the settlement of Hakone. It is here, in the shadow of the majestic Fujiyama, appeared the first open-air museum in Japan in 1969. From the very beginning the park was conceived as a mixture of different cultures and eras: from ancient art to modern Japanese sculpture. Once, the eldest daughter of Pablo Picasso chose a small Japanese village to give the owners of the park a large collection of works of her famous father. Later, an extensive collection of works by Henry Moore was added.
Meanwhile, The Picasso indoor pavilion is the only “serious” institution in the park. All the rest is a farce, a comedy played by local nature before passers-by, involving unexpected art objects in their game. Making fun of random passers-by, thickets of bushes can instantly turn out to be the huge head of an ancient god. How did it find itself here, far from his native Athens? But instead of answering, the giant head only smiles mysteriously.
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