𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐬 - 𝐆𝐮𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐢 𝐆𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐢 𝐁𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐨 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐞, 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐞 𝐣𝐮𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐧 𝐓𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐉𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟐𝟔, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏 𝐭𝐨 𝐉𝐚𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐀𝐁𝐄 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐤𝐮𝐮𝐧𝐬𝐚𝐢 𝐈𝐕 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐁𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐨 𝐃𝐚𝐫𝐮𝐦𝐚.
Eleven works were selected and exhibited at the Guimet Museum from October to May 2021.
For 10 years, the Mingei Gallery has been defending the art of Japanese bamboo basketry and is now asserting itself as the first and almost unique European gallery of this specialty.
Coming from a long tradition of weaving bamboo, Japanese basketry has conquered in recent years an ever-increasing public of collectors, and has risen to the rank of acclaimed works of art, notably at the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac. during the exhibition "Fendre l'Air, Art du Bambou au Japon" (November 27, 2018 – April 7, 2019), organized by the Mingei gallery.
Sustaining the recognition of this art and encouraging contemporary creation are the main objectives of this annual prize that the Mingei Gallery proposes to organize. This prize is open to all Japanese artists, regardless of age, who mainly use bamboo as a medium. Artists may present themselves for the prize as many times as they wish.
If the world of bamboo in Japan is essentially male, it is interesting to note that among these 11 works, those of three young women were selected.
The 2020 jury was composed of:
1 – Sophie MAKARIOU
President of the National Museum of Asian Arts - Guimet
Members of the Jury:
2 - Caroline ELIACHEFF
Child psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, essayist and collector
3 - Sheila HICKS
International textile artist
4 - Monique LEVI STRAUSS
Writer, researcher in the history of textiles
5 - Alfons-Jean KNAUF
6 - David LEBARD
Director of the Society of Friends of the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
7 - Philippe BOUDIN
Director of Mingei Gallery
The public also had the opportunity to vote via a QR code system for the PRIX DU PUBLIC GUIMET - MINGEI. This prize was awarded to the artist Yonezawa Jiro for his work "Red Fossil".