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Richard McMahan's Miniature Art Museum
September 15, 2008 6:41 PM   Subscribe

Richard McMahan's Mini Museum For the past 18 years, artist/art historian Richard McMahan has been making tiny replicas of the world's masterpieces, from ancient Egyptian tombs and Lascaux cave paintings to Joseph Cornell and Marcel Duchamp. Charleston's Halsey Institute of Contemporary art has an online exhibit and 8-minute mini documentary. A short interview.

(In case it's not obvious, just click on any pic in the gallery to bring it closer and click again to send it back.)
posted by mediareport (12 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
hmmmm.... interesting.
posted by R. Mutt at 6:45 PM on September 15, 2008


The objects themselves are very cool, but the pointlessly whiz-bang interface makes me want to punch someone in the dick.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:48 PM on September 15, 2008 [4 favorites]


*hmmmm.... interesting.
posted by R. Mutt at 6:50 PM on September 15, 2008


*hmmmm.... whatever.
posted by R. Mutt at 6:51 PM on September 15, 2008


*hmmm.... lovely.
posted by R. Mutt at 6:56 PM on September 15, 2008


*actually, on closer examination, they kinda really suck.
posted by R. Mutt at 7:05 PM on September 15, 2008


Hate the interface, and would it have killed him to label the works, I only recognize about half of them.
posted by orthogonality at 7:41 PM on September 15, 2008


Awful. Just ... awful.
posted by mrnutty at 7:47 PM on September 15, 2008


I think this is really cool, I sort of loved how crappy the paintings were. The interface is annoying, but they were labeled for me...
posted by youthenrage at 8:22 PM on September 15, 2008


It's just like, it's just like, it's just like a mini museum...
posted by BaxterG4 at 8:41 PM on September 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


Kind of reminds me of Duchamp's own La boƮte-en-valise. This "box in a suitcase" was a portable museum, kept in suitcase and filled with miniature reproductions of his art.
posted by twoleftfeet at 8:47 PM on September 15, 2008


Agreed about the interface, but ortho, each work is clearly labeled below after you click it.

And the Egyptian tomb bits are fantastic, really.
posted by mediareport at 5:37 AM on September 16, 2008


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