Mingei – The Beauty of Use

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Mingei – The Beauty of Use
Curated by: Rob Sidner

1439 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
March 30th, 2012 - July 22nd, 2012
Opening: March 30th, 2012 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

san diego
Tues- Sun 10-4 pm
folk art


Tijuana’s Cultural Center (CECUT) and Mingei International are partnering on a major exhibition at CECUT, featuring more than 500 of the finest objects in the Museum’s renowned collection of international folk art.  This will be the first time in its 33-year history that Mingei International Museum will present an international exhibition.

The exhibition will offer the opportunity to see objects that are among the highest expressions of human creativity, arising from daily life in cultures around the world.  Each viewer will be encouraged to discover beauty in the unexpected—to connect with the makers of the objects and with their skill, imagination, freshness of expression and humanity.  Folk art from all over the world will be featured, including from Mingei International’s Mexican collection, the Museum’s largest.

Mingei International Museum collects, preserves and exhibits art of the people from all cultures of the world, including objects by anonymous ancient craftsmen, traditional cultures of the past and present and craft artists of today.  Mingei – The Beauty of Use will capture and present the essence of the Museum’s collection, which now includes over 21,000 objects from 141 countries.

For more visit the CECUT website.

from Martha E's blog post, Transported

My father worked for the Railway Express Agency, the UPS of its day. This meant that every time he was promoted, we moved, and every time we moved, there were boxes packed with our household goods stacked around  the house waiting to be loaded onto a truck.  Since we moved pretty regularly, I became accustomed to these boxes. They even became furniture for the ritual, never tearful, farewell-to-the-dwelling gathering that took place the night before the van came.

As a consequence, a collection of packing boxes doesn’t strike me as out of the ordinary, so when I was in the exhibition preparation room the other day, someone had to point out to me the volume of cardboard boxes, stacked three high, each labeled with the name of a country.  Now I know why I have hardly laid eyes on the installation crew for nearly a month. They’ve been packing for a move.  All of those boxes are waiting to be loaded onto a tractor trailer that will take them to Centro Cultural, Tijuana (CECUT), where Mingei International will present THE BEAUTY OF USE (EL USO DE LA BELLEZA). Consisting of more than 500 objects, it is the largest exhibition the Museum has ever presented. Before it was packed, the registration department “conditioned” (inspected) every one of those objects and noted what they found.  It opens on March 30, but before that happens, all those boxes will have to be unpacked and all those objects will have to be conditioned again. Ah, the glamor of it all!