Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum
Omotesando: Art museum
Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum: Omotesando
Omotesando / Art museum
Open 10am-6pm (enter until 5:30pm). Closed Tuesdays.
Admission: Y600
Average visit time: 15-45 minutes

The artist and sculptor Taro Okamoto is known for his iconic, cartoonish and somewhat surrealist large-scale public sculptures. The museum occupies the space that he used as a studio and residence for fifty years, until his death in 1996. Upstairs on the second floor is a small gallery space displaying four or five large-scale paintings, and a screening room showing a documentary video of Okamoto's life and art (in Japanese only).

On the first floor is his carefully preserved studio and a reconstructed living room complete with a life-size model of the artist himself. There's also a well-stocked gift shop, a convivial little cafe and cake shop called Piece of Cake, and a front garden where you can view around a dozen large-scale sculptures. The building was designed by Junzo Sakakura, a student of Le Corbusier.

See also the bonus photo album on Facebook.

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