'Mingei' is a composite word that is now accepted as meaning "art of the people," and this museum is surely ... More
Mingei International Museum
'Mingei' is a composite word that is now accepted as meaning "art of the people," and this museum is surely that. Housed here, visitors will find an eclectic collection of folk art, crafts and designs from around the world including ceramics, pottery, textiles, dolls, masks, stone carvings and other decorative objects. Kid's are welcome too, every Sunday the museum features hands-on art projects, and the giant alligator sculpture at the entrance to the museum is great for climbing on. Complimentary tours take place daily at 2p sharp in the lobby. Permanent and rotating collections are on display for visitors to enjoy and encourage curiosity about other cultures.
The collection is dubious. In the Museum's celebratory 30-year exhibition, a number of the really "big deal" items, are in fact not the real McCoy. The rest of the items are trivial.
A bunch of mediocre objects, and it doesn't strike me as "The art of the (little) people".
It strikes me as somehow a big ripoff. Sure smells phony.
On display on the first floor, note especially the 1) Italian street cart, which looks very much like the painted donkey carts of Tijuana; 2) the terra cotta horse, created by none other than the Museum's founder, Martha Longenecker at the La Jolla Shores Beach one summer, larger than life and based on one used in an LA strip mall parking lot; 3) A Native American Apache Burden Basket, traditionally ONLY used to carry a load that would fit on a person's back comfortably but this one could hold about 10 people.Looks like it was a display piece for a second rate trading post from Arizona.
The rest of the collection seems to be tedious cheap Japanese mass production work.
Don't waste your time or money at this museum. You'll leave feeling ripped off.
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