A major exhibition of Japanese folk art with a focus on living craftsmen.
This exhibition presented nearly 400 selections, encompassing a great range of objects: baskets, furniture, implements, clothing, pottery, sculptures and votive paintings. These objects are made from all the materials of the earth — bent and lacquered wood, paper, stone, bamboo and rice straw.
MINGEI OF JAPAN also included the ceramics of Shôji Hamada, Kanjiro Kawai, and Tatsuzo Shimaoka; the textiles and textile design of Keisuke Serizawa, Katazome, and Yotsumoto; lacquer by Natsume; and articles of handmade paper by Eishiro Abe. The exhibition, which included both historical and contemporary works, bridged the old and the new, the unknown and the known, and illustrates the intrinsic value of mingei as a living tradition.