Another Reason to Visit San Diego

The Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park, San Diego opens a window on the great world, revealing the beauty of use in folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures of the world.

The word mingei, meaning ‘art of the people,’ was coined by the revered Japanese scholar Dr. Sōetsu Yanagi by combining the Japanese words for all people (min) and art (gei). Yanagi’s teachings awakened people to the essential need to make and use objects that are unfragmented expressions of head, heart and hands.

Established in 1978, Mingei International Museum collects, conserves and exhibits these arts of daily use – by anonymous craftsmen of ancient times, from traditional cultures of past and present and by historical and contemporary designers.    Here are a few of my favorites:

20th century Mexican comb.
20th century Mexican comb.
DOLLs (NDEBELE) South Africa Mingei Internatl Mus 1990-17-001
South African dolls (NDEBELE)
Mexican Ladies in Boat
Mexican Ladies in Boat
Sweden Dalarna Horse Mingei Internatl Mus ART340980
Dalarna horse from Sweden
Personal crown made of glass beads from Nigeria
Personal crown made of glass beads from Nigeria
Wooden armadillo from Brazil
Wooden armadillo from Brazil

To read more about this museum and its wonderful collection to to











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