The Mingei International Museum is designed to house and show off international folklore arts. You get a bit of history and culture along with art with this museum. Currently they are showing Hungarian Folk Magic, pieces in Wood and Fiber, anad an Indian collection. Information about their exhxibits on the website are extremely detailed but lacking in museum for us passerbys. The whole museum gives a personal gallery feel rather than a dry and stale almost too clean and cold feel of a museum. Warm wood floors, great lighting and stand up walls section off this museum well. It makes you feel very upper class walking and is very warm and inviting. You actually want to spend more time here. I do wish there was much more seating and that the store itself wasn't so expensive, but I like all the eclectic knick knacks and gee gaws. Museums like this always make for unique Christmas gift purchases that you know won't be thrown into some regifting box. It is a small museum, and do wish it was bigger. But at the same time I do like the cozy intimate feel of the museum and how they utilize the space.
Posted: 9/09/2008 • Link to this review
Mingei is one of my favorite museums in San Diego. From the name, people mistakenly think it is Asian influenced but the museum is an exhibit of folk art. Mingei means art of the people. The museum showcases simple objects in wide open spaces.
Posted: 11/06/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
There is always something at the Mingei that captures my attention and imagination. An out-of-town friend always asks me to take her there when she visits.
Posted: 11/30/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review