Mingei: Japan’s Enduring Folk Arts Exhibition
Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby, British Columbia, June 20th – October 11, 2015
The Canadian Society for Asian Arts is pleased to partner with Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby, British Columbia for the presentation of Mingei: Japan’s Enduring Folk Arts.
Mingei (min=people, gei=art) collected by Amaury Saint-Gilles from across Japan during the 1980s and published in his book Mingei: Japan’s Enduring Folk Art, is an intimate glimpse into the world of the unknown craftsmen of Japan.
Folk Art from whatever nation in the world has a wholesome character that tells a tale. When you deal with the more functional wares you see how simplicity speaks with an elegance that many far more elaborate works never attain. I see the humble maker within these pieces that are all far from mute. Mingei speaks low but insistently. Each of us is changed by Mingei in our own ways. Amaury Saint-Gilles
Over 100 works from throughout Japan: charming items of daily use made of wood, bamboo, paper, straw, shell, lacquers, clay, metal, stone and other materials are presented in collaboration with the Canadian Society for Asian Arts. Curated by Margo Palmer, Sam Carter, and Sherri Kajiwara.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Deux Mille Foundation, the BC Arts Council, Kikori Antiques, the Japan Foundation, and the Government of British Columbia.
Artist Talk + Opening Celebration with Amaury Saint-Gilles
Saturday June 27, 3 – 5pm
Make Your Own Mingei Family Day
The Tales of Mingei: folklore behind the folk art, with Dr. Jan Walls
Saturday Sept 12, 3 – 5pm
Make Your Own Mingei Culture Days
September 25, 26, 27
Programming is subject to change, please check www.nikkeiplace.org for details.
Nikkei National Museum, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Mingei Museum, San Diego California
Videos: Ideas about Mingei and “Living National Treasure”and ceramics