Art Without Heroes: Mingei

William Morris Gallery
Saturday 23rd of March 2024 to Sunday 22nd of September 2024
Event Times
Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00 - 17.00
Free. Suggested donation of £5.
Venue Information
William Morris Gallery
Lloyd Park, Forest Road Walthamstow, E17 4PP
Nearest Tube/Rail Stations
Walthamstow Central 0.52 miles

Art Without Heroes: Mingei is the largest ever exhibition in the UK dedicated to Mingei, the influential folk-craft movement that developed in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s. With more than 80 works, including ceramics, woodwork, paper, toys, textiles, photography and film, the exhibition will incorporate unseen pieces from significant private collections in the UK and Japan, along with museum loans.

Mingei is a term coined by the Japanese philosopher and critic Yanagi Sōetsu (1889-1961) to mean ‘the art of the people’ and ascribes cultural value and aesthetic purity to traditional craft objects, unnamed makers and a simpler way of life. The exhibition will consider Mingei both as a historical moment and as a set of principles that remain relevant to contemporary craft, manufacturing and material consumerism worldwide.

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