Yoku Moku Museum – Museum of Piacasso’s Ceramic Works

About the Museum

Museum genre: Craft
Closed: Monday
Opening hour: 10:00 to 17:00
Price: (General) 1,200¥ / (Students) 800¥ / (Elementary school students) Free
Duration of visiting: (Carefully) 1 hour (Quickly) 20 mins
English brochure: Available
URL: https://yokumokumuseum.com/en/
Address: 6-15-1, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-3486-8000
Nearest station: Omotesando station

What is Yoku Moku Museum?

Yoku Moku Museum is a small art museum in Aoyama, Tokyo, which opened on October 25, 2020. The museum exhibits some of over 500 ceramic works by Picasso, collected by the Yoku Moku Group, a famous Japanese confectionery company, over more than 30 years. The museum has a special exhibition room on the first basement floor and a permanent exhibition room on the second floor. In addition, there is a café and museum store on the first floor.

The exhibition room on the first basement floor has a modern design with dark tones. Yet, it is designed to allow visitors to view the works in a relaxed atmosphere.
The permanent exhibition room on the second floor, in contrast to the first basement floor, has a bright atmosphere, reminiscent of the Provence in southern Europe that Picasso loved, and allows visitors to enjoy the works with a sense of openness as if they have emerged from a dark cave into a bright world.

What Can You See?

Picasso lived and worked in Vallauris in the south of France from 1948 to 1955. From 1947 until his death in 1973, Picasso produced thousands of ceramic works in his Vallauris studio. Picasso’s ceramic works have a Mediterranean rusticity and warmth, yet are innovative and captivating to the viewer.

Yoku Moku Museum’s collection includes large pieces such as jugs, dishes, platters, and strictly numbered editions, which are displayed in rotation throughout the year. A 20-minute documentary film on Picasso’s ceramic production is also shown on the second floor.

What is Yoku Moku?

Yoku Moku is a well-known Japanese confectionery company founded in 1934. In Japan, the company operates confectionery stores, cafes, and this museum. The company has also expanded overseas, operating stores in Canada, USA, UAE, Vietnam, and other countries.