More than ten years ago, driven by the wish to bring together leading pieces of Mingei art, Bruno Lussato and his sister, Marina Fedier-Lussato, began to lay the foundations of a collection that continues to expand today through new acquisitions, in particular Mingei pieces.
Mingei Art (æ°‘ï½¯çµˆ|æ¾µ^å‹•ï½®) refers to folk art as opposed to aristocratic or imperial art in Japan. It consists of objects of daily use with a particular intrinsic beauty, produced using manufacturing techniques and know-how dating back thousands of years. Objects include ceramics, bamboo artefacts, lacquers, tools, votive objects, decorative pieces, clothing and masks. The collection also showcases typical pieces which help the visitor to understand Japanese culture, such as Ikebana, tea ceremonies and calligraphy.
A beautiful art book about the Institute’s collection is available.
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