100 Years of Mingei: The Folk Crafts Movement

  • Art, Crafts
  • The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Takebashi

Time Out Says

The term mingei refers to a 20th-century art movement towards well crafted, handmade goods that also served aesthetic purposes. At the time, people wanted to surround themselves with art that was accessible everyone, not just the rich and powerful. This exhibition marks 60 years since the passing of the movement’s founder, Muneyoshi Yanagi.

The materials span from the 1910s and early 20s to the post-World War II period of the 1950s and 1970s. You can view ceramics, dyed and woven textiles and other daily utensils, as well as folk paintings, magazines, books and photographs that reflect Yanagi’s work.


The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
3-1 Kitanomaru Koen, Chiyoda-ku
Takebashi Station (Tozai line), exit 1b
Opening hours:
10am-5pm Tue-Thu, Sun; 10am-8pm Fri, Sat. (Admission ends 30 mins before closing time) / closed Mon (Tue if Mon is a holiday), Dec 28-Jan 1

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