Hongo Shin Memorial Museum of Sculpture

The works of Shin Hongo(1905-1980, a sculptor and painter born in Sapporo are exhibited at this modern museum located at the foot of Okurayama, near the Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium. It houses about 1,400 of Hongo’s sculptures and paintings.

The museum consists of two buildings, the main building which houses the sculptures exhibit, and the Hongo Shin Memorial Museum, which houses his tools, prototypes of his sculptures, and studies for his paintings. Special exhibitions are held annually. In 1979, shortly before his death Hongo donated his studio, gallery, grounds and art work to the City of Sapporo. In 1980 the Sapporo Museum of Sculpture was established and his studio and gallery were converted into the Shin Hongo Memorial House. In 1981 the whole facility was opened after completion of the new museum and sculpture garden.

The museum is located about a 7 minute drive west from Sapporo’s downtown. On-site parking is free for up to 8 cars. To get there via public transit take the Sapporo Subway Tozai Line (orange line) from Odori Station to Nishi Nijuhatchome Station. From there take the Kan 20 JR Hokkaido Bus to the Chokoku Bijutsukan-iriguchi bus stop. From there it’s a 10 minute walk.

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