本田明二ギャラリーMeiji Honda Gallery

© Meiji Honda Gallery

Netsled in the residential area, Meiji Honda Gallery can be reached walking from the Nishisen 14 Jo Station of Sapporo City tram. The gallery is a private gallery opened in 2003 by the bereaved family of Meiji Honda札幌の街を走る路面電車の西線14条電停から住宅街を歩くと、ひっそりと佇むコンクリートの建物「本田明二ギャラリー」が現れる。ここは、本田明二(ほんだめいじ)の遺族が2003年に開設した私設ギャラリー。作品を通して北海道の芸術文化を育む場として沢山の方に足を運んで欲しいという想いから、無料で開放されている。







Text: Yui Shimomura
. The gallery is open for free admission with an aim to provide many people to visit the gallery as a place to nurture the culture of art in Hokkaido.

With Shin Hongo, Takeo Yamanouchi and Churyo Sato, Meiji Honda is one of the leading modern sculptors in postwar Hokkaido. The 4 sculptors went to the same school, Sapporo Daini Junior High School, and worked hard on sculptural pieces together maintaining a deep friendship for lifetime. As a commemoration of the Sapporo Olympic Game held in 1972, their pieces were installed on the Orympic Bridge in Makomanai, Sapporo.

Born in Tsukigata Hokkaido, Meiji Honda (1919-1989) moved to Tokyo after graduating from Sapporo Daini Junior High School (current Sapporo Nishi High School). Studied with a wood sculptor Seikou Sawada, Honda resided permanently in Sapporo for his creation after the war. Awards include Sappro Citizens Art Prize (1981) and Hokkaido Cultural Award (1986).

Inside the gallery, the interior design is a modern look with an atrium and spiral staircase. The exhibition space is divided into 2 areas on 1st and 2nd floors. The simple, strong yet delicate beauty of Honda’s work and white-color modern interior space match well together.

The collection includes about 10-15 works of a variety of different versions of his famous work of 1986 which is displayed in Sapporo Artpark Sculpture Garden, other bronze statues, and pieces based on animals like owls and horses as motifs.

The culture in the north region is closely related with the climate. You will be able to see a glimpse of the culture in Hokkaido through Honda’s sculpture.

Meiji Honda Gallery
Address: 1-34, South 15 West 13, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Opening Hours: 10:00-16:00
Closed on Sunday, Monday, Public Holiday
Tel: 011-530-3050

Text: Yui Shimomura
Translation: Mariko Takei


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