The club is now going to have a break before deciding on their next exhibition, but if it’s as good as this one, it will be worth the wait. I was glad I was sitting down when I first saw the photographs of Musee Miniature et Cinema on Facebook, otherwise I would have surely staggered. Over the years that I have been looking at miniatures for you I have seen some wonderful houses and roomboxes, along with the work of some incredible makers, but this museum takes the biscuit, as they say.
Created by one inspirational man, Dan Ohlmann, it all started in 1985 when he created a twelfth scale model of Chez Maxim’s restaurant in Paris. The model soon created much interest amongst the media and the general public alike and articles were published in many mainstream publications. Dan was even invited to appear on several television shows.
As a result of this acclaim, he became the co-founder of the first Festival International de la Miniature, which attracted over 25,000 visitors in just five days. He then launched a travelling exhibition called The Miniatures of Dan Ohlmann, as by now he was creating more and more mini masterpieces. The exhibition toured France and Europe, and he exhibited in Japan several times.
In 1989, by now a sought after miniaturist, he staged a 15 day exhibition in Lyons, France. He fell in love with the city and decided to settle there for good. Within a short space of time he had opened his very own museum which he called the Palais de la Miniature (The Miniature Palace) in the old historical town, and he continued to make new miniatures to enrich the collection. Between 1990 and 2003 he was displaying more than 1000 mini masterpieces from all over the world, and by now had added his own Art of Film collection.
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