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Petra Blaisse is a multidisciplinary artist and founder of Amsterdam-based studio Inside Outside. In collaboration with ...
07/27/2021

Petra Blaisse is a multidisciplinary artist and founder of Amsterdam-based studio Inside Outside. In collaboration with LUCE et Studio, Petra and her team created a large-scale curtain, inspired by San Diego's iconic jacaranda trees, for the Museum's new Theater.

Learn more about Petra's work in textile, landscape and exhibition design along with her contribution to Museum's transformation at mingei.org/petra-blaisse.

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Petra Blaisse is a multidisciplinary artist and founder of Amsterdam-based studio Inside Outside. In collaboration with LUCE et Studio, Petra and her team created a large-scale curtain, inspired by San Diego's iconic jacaranda trees, for the Museum's new Theater.

Learn more about Petra's work in textile, landscape and exhibition design along with her contribution to Museum's transformation at mingei.org/petra-blaisse.

#MingeiInternationalMuseum #MingeiTransformation #artistspotlight #commissionedwork #textile #landscapedesign #exhibitiondesign

Mark your calendars! 📅 This Thursday, July 29 at 3pm Architect, Jennifer Luce of LUCE et Studio will share about the Mus...
07/26/2021

Mark your calendars! 📅 This Thursday, July 29 at 3pm Architect, Jennifer Luce of LUCE et Studio will share about the Museum's transformative construction project with The National Arts Club.

Register for this talk at https://bit.ly/3i2BqOm.

Mark your calendars! 📅 This Thursday, July 29 at 3pm Architect, Jennifer Luce of LUCE et Studio will share about the Museum's transformative construction project with The National Arts Club.

Register for this talk at https://bit.ly/3i2BqOm.

Art is one of the strongest roots of community. 🌳 Architect and artist #BillieTsien is crafting Mingei's official galler...
07/23/2021
Beauty in a Burl

Art is one of the strongest roots of community. 🌳

Architect and artist #BillieTsien is crafting Mingei's official gallery bench, titled "EAST|WEST." The organic form references stools of ancient Asian and African practices, creating a seemingly natural seat from roots on which guests can rest.

Billie is one of six artists Mingei and LUCE et Studio have commissioned to create original work in celebration of our reopening on September 3! Learn more about Billie and the other artists on our blog. 👏

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Architect and artist, Billie Tsien of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects was commissioned to create the official Mingei gallery bench for the transformed Museum.

🛠️ Temporary exhibition walls are going up—and then after that comes the art!And while we’re talking about exhibitions, ...
07/22/2021

🛠️ Temporary exhibition walls are going up—and then after that comes the art!

And while we’re talking about exhibitions, let’s give our collections and exhibitions teams a round of applause. 👏 They're working tirelessly to get our inaugural shows ready for the reopening on September 3.

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🎵 And I would walk two thousand seven hundred twenty-two miles, and I would roll two thousand seven hundred twenty-two m...
07/21/2021
Where Hand Meets Metal

🎵 And I would walk two thousand seven hundred twenty-two miles, and I would roll two thousand seven hundred twenty-two more...🎵

Sharon Stampfer, one of six women artists commissioned by the Museum to produce original work in celebration of our transformation, is crafting a custom door handle for the Founders' Gallery. Her work, "Two thousand seven hundred twenty-two miles Hand in Hand" emphasizes the value of slowing down and appreciating the world landscape as it unfolds. Visit the link below to learn more.

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Exploring the work of designer and artist Sharon Stampfer featured in Mingei International Museum.

Did you hear? We've been nominated for a San Diego Architectural Foundation Orchid award! 🌟 Learn more about it and shar...
07/21/2021
Mingei International Museum - Orchids & Onions

Did you hear? We've been nominated for a San Diego Architectural Foundation Orchid award! 🌟

Learn more about it and share your excitement here: https://www.orchidsandonions.org/project/mingei-international-museum/

Mingei International Museum has completed a major transformation of its facility on the Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park, one that redefines its relationship to the park and the San Diego region. The transformation will reveal a new and dynamic museum with enhancements and improvements to the 1915 Spa...

07/18/2021
Nature Pinch Pots

To reduce our waste we won’t be sending out physical kits for July’s Family Sunday from Home. Instead, we’ve developed a project using materials you can collect outside and ingredients you can find in your kitchen. We will be making Nature Pinch Pots and we’ll create them using leaves, flowers, branches and other natural materials! Join us as we focus our energies on our environment and what we can do to make it better. Reduce, reuse and recycle with this one-of-a-kind art project.

Mingei is a home for folk art, craft and design - both old and new. 🎨In collaboration with LUCE et Studio, the Museum co...
07/16/2021

Mingei is a home for folk art, craft and design - both old and new. 🎨

In collaboration with LUCE et Studio, the Museum commissioned artwork from artists, designers and craftspeople to celebrate its reopening. These women-crafted works balance beauty and functionality, like the wool mural by Claudy Jongstra. You can find this work of art hanging over our new Bistro, a space for gathering and dining. Learn more about it at mingei.org/claudy-jongstra.

Check out all the commissioned works when Mingei reopens on September 3! Entry is free during all of Labor Day weekend.

#MeetYourNewMingei #MingeiInternationalMuseum #SearchingForMingei #BalboaPark #ThingsToDoSD

Mingei is a home for folk art, craft and design - both old and new. 🎨

In collaboration with LUCE et Studio, the Museum commissioned artwork from artists, designers and craftspeople to celebrate its reopening. These women-crafted works balance beauty and functionality, like the wool mural by Claudy Jongstra. You can find this work of art hanging over our new Bistro, a space for gathering and dining. Learn more about it at mingei.org/claudy-jongstra.

Check out all the commissioned works when Mingei reopens on September 3! Entry is free during all of Labor Day weekend.

#MeetYourNewMingei #MingeiInternationalMuseum #SearchingForMingei #BalboaPark #ThingsToDoSD

Welcome back, Mingei staff! 🎊 After a transformative construction project, our space is finally starting to open up. Las...
07/15/2021

Welcome back, Mingei staff! 🎊

After a transformative construction project, our space is finally starting to open up. Last week, staff members were able to move back into the building. We're setting up our desks and pulling down the tarps as we prepare to welcome you back into the Museum on September 3!

Entry into the Museum will be free Labor Day weekend, from Friday, September 3 through Monday, September 6. Mark your calendars now!

#MeetYourNewMingei #MingeiInternationalMuseum #MingeiTransformation #SearchingForMingei #BalboaPark #ThingsToDoSD

Soon you can take a part of Mingei home with you! 🏠  📖 Our Executive Director & CEO Rob Sidner has written about 50 ming...
07/14/2021

Soon you can take a part of Mingei home with you! 🏠 📖

Our Executive Director & CEO Rob Sidner has written about 50 mingei objects from the Museum's collection in a book commemorating our reopening on September 3. It's not available for purchase just yet, but we'll be highlighting a few of his selections in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

#MingeiInternationalMuseum #MingeiTransformation #BalboaPark #SanDiego #ThingsToDoSD #MustSeeSD #SearchingForMingei

Soon you can take a part of Mingei home with you! 🏠 📖

Our Executive Director & CEO Rob Sidner has written about 50 mingei objects from the Museum's collection in a book commemorating our reopening on September 3. It's not available for purchase just yet, but we'll be highlighting a few of his selections in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

#MingeiInternationalMuseum #MingeiTransformation #BalboaPark #SanDiego #ThingsToDoSD #MustSeeSD #SearchingForMingei

We put thought into every piece of our reopening – yes, even the floors. The new flooring, found in the Exhibition Galle...
07/09/2021

We put thought into every piece of our reopening – yes, even the floors.

The new flooring, found in the Exhibition Galleries, Library, Board Room and Theater, is crafted by fourth-generation family firm, Dinesen based in Copenhagen, Denmark. This sustainably sourced white oak produces strong, beautiful and distinctive long, wide boards.

Want to learn more about our transformation? Click here! 👉mingei.org/transformation

#MingeiInternationalMuseum #MingeiTransformation #BalboaPark #SanDiego #ThingsToDoSD #MustSeeSD #SearchingForMingei

✨ New art alert! ✨In collaboration with LUCE et Studio, we're preparing some fantastic installations by women artists fo...
07/08/2021

✨ New art alert! ✨

In collaboration with LUCE et Studio, we're preparing some fantastic installations by women artists for you to enjoy when we reopen on September 3. Each work of art will be integrated as a functional element woven into our new building’s celebrated spaces. Scroll through for a sneak peek from a few artists and read below to understand a little more about each piece.

→ Photo 1: "Sessions", by Petra Blaisse, includes a billowing, acoustic curtain that stretches along the entire length of the 40-foot retractable glass wall in the Theater.

→ Photo 2: "Sugi/kuruminoki", by Christina Kim, is two cut paper interlayers for the windows to be installed in the Founders' Gallery.

→ Photo 3: "Truth & Beauty in Black", by Claudy Jongstra, features a 30-inch felted mural that will hang above the bar as a sound-dampening textile within the new Bistro.

Let us know how much you love these below!👇

Yes, we have a corncob pig in our collection. 🌽  Why? Because we love celebrating creativity in any and all forms. (And ...
07/07/2021

Yes, we have a corncob pig in our collection. 🌽 Why? Because we love celebrating creativity in any and all forms. (And because it's absolutely brilliant!)

See this one-of-a-kind corncob pig for yourself at the exhibition, Humble Spirit/Priceless Art, when we reopen on September 3.

Pig, U.S.A., Corncob, 1996-23-331, Gift of Hope and Roy Turney.

Yes, we have a corncob pig in our collection. 🌽 Why? Because we love celebrating creativity in any and all forms. (And because it's absolutely brilliant!)

See this one-of-a-kind corncob pig for yourself at the exhibition, Humble Spirit/Priceless Art, when we reopen on September 3.

Pig, U.S.A., Corncob, 1996-23-331, Gift of Hope and Roy Turney.

Hello sunshine! ☀️This new Alcazar Garden entrance is one of our favorite places in the Museum. The stream of natural su...
07/06/2021

Hello sunshine! ☀️

This new Alcazar Garden entrance is one of our favorite places in the Museum. The stream of natural sunlight from Balboa Park pouring through the glass entrance reminds us how grateful we feel to call this beautiful and historical part of San Diego home. 🌳

Come and see for yourself on September 3 when we reopen!

#MingeiInternationalMuseum #MingeiTransformation #BalboaPark #SanDiego #ThingsToDoSD #MustSeeSD #SearchingForMingei

Hello sunshine! ☀️

This new Alcazar Garden entrance is one of our favorite places in the Museum. The stream of natural sunlight from Balboa Park pouring through the glass entrance reminds us how grateful we feel to call this beautiful and historical part of San Diego home. 🌳

Come and see for yourself on September 3 when we reopen!

#MingeiInternationalMuseum #MingeiTransformation #BalboaPark #SanDiego #ThingsToDoSD #MustSeeSD #SearchingForMingei

It’s all in the details. ✨Craft, design and the experiences our friends and community have in our museum matter so much ...
07/02/2021

It’s all in the details. ✨

Craft, design and the experiences our friends and community have in our museum matter so much to us. That's why we've taken extra care in designing this new Bistro for you to enjoy! What do you think?

#MingeiInternationalMuseum #MingeiTransformation #SearchingForMingei #BalboaPark #SDArchitecture #Luceetstudio #SanDiego #ILoveSanDiego #MuseumLife

One of the special aspects of Mingei is that we're located in historic Balboa Park!When we reopen on September 3, our Co...
07/01/2021

One of the special aspects of Mingei is that we're located in historic Balboa Park!

When we reopen on September 3, our Commons level gives you a free place to gather, view art, shop, dine and enjoy good company. Consider it Balboa Park's own living room! 🌳 🛋️

Who's ready?

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“Collaboration is key”, says LUCE et Studio. We agree. ❤️San Diego-based Architect Jennifer Luce envisioned a transforme...
06/30/2021

“Collaboration is key”, says LUCE et Studio. We agree. ❤️

San Diego-based Architect Jennifer Luce envisioned a transformed Mingei, embracing the Museum's mission and focusing on artist collaborations, accessibility, functionality, craftsmanship and inspiring design. Now, with construction nearly complete, get a glimpse of our new space and make sure to meet us at our reopening on September 3!

#MingeiInternationalMuseum #MingeiTransformation #SearchingForMingei #BalboaPark #SDArchitecture #ThingsToDoSD

06/27/2021
June Family Sunday - Tapa Cloth

Inspired by the beautiful Tapa Clothes in our collection from Tonga, Fiji, and Samoa, we will be exploring printmaking. The tradition of creating these barkcloth prints began in the islands of the Pacific Ocean. They are decorated by stamping, rubbing, dyeing or stenciling and the pattern is often geometric and forms a grid of stylized shapes. These shapes signify fish or plant motifs. Join us as we mix our own pigments and create a Tapa Cloth of our own!

Hat boxes—everyday objects not typically found on display in #museums, but to us, these intricately crafted boxes are un...
06/26/2021

Hat boxes—everyday objects not typically found on display in #museums, but to us, these intricately crafted boxes are undoubtedly pedestal-worthy.

In the reopening exhibition, GLOBAL SPIRIT, there will be an array of hat boxes on view varying in shape, size, color and material, along with many other beautiful (possibly unexpected) works of art. Learn more at https://mingei.org/exhibitions/global-spirit.

Hat boxes—everyday objects not typically found on display in #museums, but to us, these intricately crafted boxes are undoubtedly pedestal-worthy.

In the reopening exhibition, GLOBAL SPIRIT, there will be an array of hat boxes on view varying in shape, size, color and material, along with many other beautiful (possibly unexpected) works of art. Learn more at https://mingei.org/exhibitions/global-spirit.

Today is move-in day for Shop Mingei! 🛍️ Shop Mingei is moving out of its Liberty Station location and back to the Museu...
06/24/2021

Today is move-in day for Shop Mingei! 🛍️

Shop Mingei is moving out of its Liberty Station location and back to the Museum in Balboa Park. Shop Mingei fans will be able to once again browse the store when the Museum reopens on September 3.

When we reopen, the first floor Commons level of the #Museum will be free of admission and feature an installation of ov...
06/22/2021

When we reopen, the first floor Commons level of the #Museum will be free of admission and feature an installation of over 100 objects from our permanent collection.

🐦 So you can come and see this lovable little wooden bird on wheels as many times as your heart desires for no cost at all.

Learn more about our reopening at mingei.org/transformation.

Grebe on Wheels, Japan, Wood, 2008-27-100, Gift of Leanne Hinton in honor of Sam and Leslie Hinton.

When we reopen, the first floor Commons level of the #Museum will be free of admission and feature an installation of over 100 objects from our permanent collection.

🐦 So you can come and see this lovable little wooden bird on wheels as many times as your heart desires for no cost at all.

Learn more about our reopening at mingei.org/transformation.

Grebe on Wheels, Japan, Wood, 2008-27-100, Gift of Leanne Hinton in honor of Sam and Leslie Hinton.

Very soon all the cabinets in our new Education Center will be stocked with art supplies! 🎨🧶✂️ ✏️ #MeetYourNewMingei
06/21/2021

Very soon all the cabinets in our new Education Center will be stocked with art supplies! 🎨🧶✂️ ✏️ #MeetYourNewMingei

Very soon all the cabinets in our new Education Center will be stocked with art supplies! 🎨🧶✂️ ✏️ #MeetYourNewMingei

06/19/2021
From the Curator: Celebrating Juneteenth

To celebrate #Juneteenth, Mingei Curator, Camille Bethune-Brown shares the history and significance of this day and details about some of the stunning African American quilts in our permanent collection.

To learn more about Juneteenth visit juneteenth.com.

In the new Museum, Architect Jennifer Luce and metal fabricators Zahner collaborated to create, "Hedgerow", a sculptural...
06/15/2021

In the new Museum, Architect Jennifer Luce and metal fabricators Zahner collaborated to create, "Hedgerow", a sculptural fence that defines the new courtyard.

To make this sculptural fence, 64 individually crafted brass pickets were cut by digital processes and then hand-turned and twisted.

In the new Museum, Architect Jennifer Luce and metal fabricators Zahner collaborated to create, "Hedgerow", a sculptural fence that defines the new courtyard.

To make this sculptural fence, 64 individually crafted brass pickets were cut by digital processes and then hand-turned and twisted.

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