Mingei International Museums
Mingei is a special word increasingly used throughout the world for "arts of the people."
It was coined by the revered scholar, the late Dr. Soetsu Yanagi, through combining the Japanese words for all people (min) and art (gei).
His keen eye observed that many useful, pre-industrial articles made by unknown craftsmen were of a beauty seldom equaled by artists of modern societies.
From questioning why this might be, he gained insight as to the nature of beauty embodied in objects that
are integrally related to life and born of a state of mind not attached to a conscious idea of beauty or ugliness.
Within these timeless arts of the people (Mingei), he recognized a quality of expression in which there was no
fragmentation of body, mind and spirit. He realized that to balance the weight of increasing technology there is
a growing urgency for man to continue to make and use objects that express his whole being.
To communicate this profound insight, Dr. Yanagi and the renowned potters, Shoji Hamada and Kanjiro Kawai,
founded the Mingei Association of Japan and in Tokyo the first Folk Art Museum.
Not affiliated with but inspired by that organization - Mingei International in San Diego was incorporated in
1974 as a nonprofit, public foundation dedicated to furthering the understanding of art of all cultures of the world.
This art shares a direct simplicity and reflects a joy in making, by hand, useful objects that are satisfying to the human spirit.
Mingei International built and established the Museum of World Folk Art in University Towne Centre, San Diego, California on
May 5, 1978, In August 1996 it opened a new, architecturally designed, state-of-the-art museum in Balboa Park, San Diego.
Changing exhibitions focus on traditional and contemporary folk art, craft and design.
Through the universal language of line, form and color, mingei speaks eloquently of the similarities and distinctions of individuals and cultures.
The San Diego Natural History Museum
presents “T. Rex on Trial,” where guests can use fossil evidence to conclude whether Tyrannosaurus rex was
guilty of being a predator or an opportunistic scavenger,now through May 27.
Developed from one of the world’s
leading collections of carnivorous dinosaur fossil, this exhibition encourages the scientist in every guest to
explore dinosaur senses, hand and claw dexterity and adaptations for meat- eating and locomotion.