Mingei: Japan’s Enduring Folk Arts

June 20 – October 11, 2015

Mingei refers to “hand-crafted art of ordinary people.” It celebrates the beauty and quiet humility in everyday, ordinary and utilitarian objects created by often unknown craftsmen. This exhibit consists of over 100 works from throughout Japan: charming items of daily use made of wood, bamboo, paper, straw, shell, lacquers, clay, metal, stone and other materials. Presented in collaboration with the Canadian Society for Asian Arts.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Deux Mille Foundation, the BC Arts Council, Kikori Japanese Antiques & Furnishings, the Japan Foundation, the City of Burnaby, the Government of British Columbia, and OMNI TV.

Public Programs

Free and open to the public

Artist Talk + Opening Celebration with Amaury Sait-Gilles
Saturday, June 27, 3-5pm

Make Your Own Mingei Family Day
Sunday June 28, July 26, August 16

The Tales of Mingei: folklore behind the folk art with Dr. Jan Walls
Saturday, September 12, 3pm

Culture Days, Make Your Own Mingei & Mikoshi Talk
Saturday, September 26, 12-4pm