21_21 DESIGN SIGHT will hold the exhibition “MINGEI - Another Kind of Art” directed by product designer Naoto Fukasawa, from November 2, 2018.
In 1925, Soetsu Yanagi (1889 - 1961) first named handicrafts made by anonymous craftspeople “MINGEI,” as he recognized the beauty in these everyday items used by common people.
The defining characteristics of MINGEI, which draws on climate and custom, are handed down from generation to generation, developing originality in material, color, process, application, shape and so on, and evolved into innovative, impulsive, imaginative and original work not restrained by any one form or genre.
In today's world, unique characteristics of individual regions are diluting and affection towards items is dwindling. That is precisely why the innocent aesthetics and spirit of MINGEI has such a strong impact on not only users, but also all people involved in making things, and provide them with triggers to create new energy.
The exhibition will feature over 100 traditional and contemporary MINGEI items primarily from the Japan Folk Crafts Museum's collection selected by Naoto Fukasawa, the Director of both 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT and the Museum. It will also highlight films of interviews and the creation frontline, photographs capturing new expressions of MINGEI, and invaluable archives dating back to the time the Museum was established.
Through a myriad of exhibit, the exhibition will unravel the story of “Another Kind of Art = MINGEI,” which will be the basis of design inspiration on into the future.
For details, please visit the 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT website.