Mingei International Museum, or Create: A Place for Wednesday

Mingei International Museum

By word of written texts, web and publication, I gathered that Mingei International Museum is THE museum to pick from 15 museums that are at the MUST-go-to Balboa Park.

Their slogan: “Art Belongs To Everyone”. It is culturally diversified as it exhibits a variety of works from different nations, Mexico, Finland, Hungary, China, Ethopia, where-have-you’s. Moreover, it prides to be a “people’s” art. Mingei (pronounced min-gay) is formed from two Japanese words: min, meaning people, and gei, meaning art. That’s what they’re all about. Art of the World. Art of the People.

The trick in getting to museums such as this, not as geared towards family with kids, is to get with a docent, a guide. If a museum doesn’t provide you a guide, or answers to your questions, you go get your money back. During my visit, a very knowledgeable and approachable Theresa Lai as the docent was openly letting visitors to listen to the stories and information she enjoys to impart. She paid us special attention and ‘extra’ *wink* amount of information. The table above is one of the most loved portion of the museum. The inside knowledge and background of it was my most favorite. If you do come here, you’re lucky to have Theresa Lai as your docent. By the walls near the table, displays show daily lives of the men and women in Japan.

I hope you enjoyed my post on Hsi Lai Temple, my very first tourist stop in LA. I also highhly recommend to check the featured blog of that post.
I especially love seeing Japan culture as it is like a completely different world, so isolated and very unique.

There are plenty, plenty of paintings, crafts and and designs, and other displays. I can go on and on, show more pictures but I rather not divulge too much information.


CREATE: A Place for Wednesday

The structure – constructed in leaves and twigs and magic – houses Wednesday,

a tiny elf dancing on the doorstep, and sixty of her friends and relations.

Made by Alice Hudson, 1981
New York, U.S.A.

A Place for Wednesday is a permanent display in Mingei International Museum.

Last Call…

These are hats made from paper bags. That’s right, paper bags. Moses, who works in advertising, returned home with a paper bag filled with items from a New Year’s Eve party in 1979. He emptied the bag, placed it over his head and found that it fit. He rolled the sides and formed it into a carpenter hat. Moses, then on, carefully works each bag with crisp folds, roughened textures and twisted formations. Some hats are made from a single bag, while others are made from over a hundred.



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I very much like the simplicity of Mingei. There’s nothing grand or over the top about it. The paintings and other exhibitions, and the stories behind it, are enough to keep me interested, which what art museums are anyway. With a plan to explore the spacious Balboa Park in mind, I still stayed inside the museum an entire afternoon.

Experience Mingei International’s changing exhibitions, demonstrating the expression of creative potential in all people through time and by cultures from six continents… Art Belongs to Everyone.


20 replies »

  1. What unique displays Rommel! Particularly loved ‘A place for Wednesday’ and the paper hats! And thanks for the link to another wonderful blog 🙂

  2. Next time I’ll have to try to get a docent. Usually I like wandering alone, but lately I’ve found that it doesn’t work (maybe I’m forgetting my art history). I love “A Place for Wednesday”. That elf made me smile.

    • That solo wandering can easily turn into major wondering. 😀 People really ought to turn to the guide when going in a museum. When I was there, Theresa Lai opened something she wasn’t supposed to be opening. It really made me convinced that docents are a big help
      Also, best advice to look first, figure things out yourself beore you look for information about the display. Discovery is better that way.:D

  3. What a wonderful museum. The elves are the stuff of fairy stories but my favourite is the table. thanks for sharing this amazing place and I totally agree, art is for people and should be accessible not high brow.

  4. Personally I’d rather do without a docent, at least those provided by the museums. They tend to be wordy because they want to take up time to prove to you that you got your money’s worth.

    • You do have a point. Theresa Lai didn’t make it feel that way though, I don’t think. And like one of the commenter said, it’s easy to get lost and uninterested with the displays without the background stories to it.
      Thanks for contributing.

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