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Symposium “Why Mingei, Why Now?”

Theaster Gates Related Program
Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available

The Mingei movement, based on an idea conceived chiefly by Yanagi Soetsu, Hamada Shoji, and Kawai Kanjiro, began in Japan in 1926. Recent years have seen growing interest in all matters Mingei, including a centennial exhibition at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, in 2021 coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the death of Yanagi Soetsu, and the 2023 touring exhibition MINGEI: The Beauty of Everyday Things, launched at the Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka.
Theaster Gates meanwhile views Mingei as symbolizing the reconsideration of cultural value, and endeavors to fuse it with Black culture, through his “Afro-Mingei” concept.
The first part of the symposium will contemplate the meaning that Mingei brings to our daily lives, and to society, from the perspectives of industrial art-craft, design, and contemporary art, and the second will examine types of expression not previously associated with Mingei, such as African crafts, and discuss the interpretive possibilities of Mingei in contemporary settings.

Date & Time
17:00-20:00, Saturday, May 11, 2024 (Doors Open: 16:45)
Appearing
[Part 1]
Hanai Hisaho (Chief Researcher, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
Fukasawa Naoto (Director, The Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Tokyo)
Kataoka Mami (Director, Mori Art Museum)
[Part 2]
Ogawa Hiroshi (President, TOKYO KANKAN Co., Ltd)
Sagi Tamae (Curator, Kawai Kanjiro Memorial Museum, Kyoto)
Nakamura Yuta (Artist)
Tokuyama Hirokazu (Associate Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Hanai Hisaho

Hanai Hisaho
(Chief Researcher, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

Fukasawa Naoto

Fukasawa Naoto
(Director, The Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Tokyo)

Ogawa Hiroshi

Ogawa Hiroshi
(President, TOKYO KANKAN Co., Ltd)

Sagi Tamae

Sagi Tamae
(Curator, Kawai Kanjiro Memorial Museum, Kyoto)

Nakamura Yuta

Nakamura Yuta
(Artist)


Organizer
Mori Art Museum

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Booking Period
2024.4.1 [Mon] - 5.9 [Thu]
Venue
Academyhills (49F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Capacity
150 (booking required, first-come basis)
Fee
500 yen
* The fee does NOT include admission into the exhibition. Please purchase admission ticket into the exhibition separately if you’d like to visit.
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