Mingei: Art Without Heroes

Mingei: Art Without Heroes

Roisin Inglesby
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An exploration of the evolution of the Japanese Mingei (folk art) movement within the context of today’s concerns 

Originating in Japan in the 1920s, the Mingei movement was based on the principle that beauty is inherent in handmade, everyday objects created by anonymous craftspeople. Spearheaded by the philosopher Yanagi Soetsu, and potters Hamada Shoji and Bernard Leach, the movement sought to elevate the status of folk craft in a rapidly modernising society. 

This richly-illustrated book covers a wide range of objects associated with Mingei, from ceramics and furniture to textiles and toys, alongside a series of profiles of leading designers and makers working in Japan today. Contributors from a variety of backgrounds explore Mingei’s origins, interpretations and contemporary implications, shedding new light on the ways in which the principles of the movement remain relevant to today’s personal, social and environmental concerns.


    Author: Roisin Inglesby

    Publisher: Yale University Press

    Format: Hardback

    Pages: 168

    ISBN: 9780300274288

    Publication Date: March 2024