Kingdom of Beauty: Mingei and the Politics of Folk Art in Imperial Japan / Edition 1

Kingdom of Beauty: Mingei and the Politics of Folk Art in Imperial Japan / Edition 1

by Kim Brandt
     
 


A Study of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

Kingdom of Beauty
shows that the discovery of mingei (folk art) by Japanese intellectuals in the 1920s and 1930s was central to the complex process by which Japan became both a modern nation and an imperial world power. Kim Brandt’s account of the mingei movementSee more details below

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A Study of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

Kingdom of Beauty
shows that the discovery of mingei (folk art) by Japanese intellectuals in the 1920s and 1930s was central to the complex process by which Japan became both a modern nation and an imperial world power. Kim Brandt’s account of the mingei movement locates its origins in colonial Korea, where middle-class Japanese artists and collectors discovered that imperialism offered them special opportunities to amass art objects and gain social, cultural, and even political influence. Later, mingei enthusiasts worked with (and against) other groups—such as state officials, fascist ideologues, rival folk art organizations, local artisans, newspaper and magazine editors, and department store managers—to promote their own vision of beautiful prosperity for Japan, Asia, and indeed the world. In tracing the history of mingei activism, Brandt considers not only Yanagi Muneyoshi, Hamada Shōji, Kawai Kanjirō, and other well-known leaders of the folk art movement but also the often overlooked networks of provincial intellectuals, craftspeople, marketers, and shoppers who were just as important to its success. The result of their collective efforts, she makes clear, was the transformation of a once-obscure category of pre-industrial rural artifacts into an icon of modern national style.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822340003
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Series:
Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1. The Beauty of Sorrow 7

2. The Discovery of Mingei 38

3. New Mingei in the 1930s 83

4. Mingei and the Wartime State, 1937-1945 124

5. Renovating Greater East Asia 173

Epilogue 223

Notes 229

Bibliography 277

Index 293

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