[WORLDKINGS] Journey to seek extraordinary record holders around the world (P.59) - Dan Ohlmann (France): Expert creator of miniatures and curator of one of the world’s most amazing miniature collections.


(WorldKings.org) Formerly a cabinetmaker, Dan Ohlmann started creating scale furniture in Paris in 1985. Fascinated with the Art Nouveau style, he built a 1:12 scale model of the world-famous Chez Maxim’s restaurant in Paris. Combining artistic talent and architectural knowledge, this hyperreal piece came as a surprise in France and caught the eye of the media and the general public.

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At the same time, Ohlmann was the art director and co-founder of the first Festival International de la Miniature, a major success which attracted over 25,000 visitors in five days. Based on this accomplishment, he launched a traveling exhibition called “The Miniatures of Dan Ohlmann” that toured Europe, Japan, and the United States.

In 1989, Dan Ohlmann arrived in Lyon, France’s third-largest city, with three trucks full of miniature displays for a 15-day exhibition. Ohlmann fell in love with the city and decided to settle there for good. He opened his very own museum – the Palais de la Miniature (The Miniature Palace) – in the old historical town and started creating new miniatures that would enrich his collection.

For over ten years, the Palais de la Miniature exhibited more than 1,000 miniature masterpieces from all over the world. It became known as an extraordinary place that people really enjoyed visiting. Regularly, Ohlmann organized temporary exhibitions on a new theme that had always been a passion of his: the art of film miniatures.

An Encounter That Changed Everything

A world-renowned Swiss collector offered to develop Dan Ohlmann’s small family-sized museum into a much larger venue which would enable it to attract international attention. An art lover, this sponsor gave Ohlmann permission to set up the new museum on a property she owned in the old town, a 16th-century historical building, the Maison des Avocats, This edifice is a UNESCO’s World Heritage site.

Musee Miniature et Cinema

In February 2005, the new Museum opened its doors and revealed Dan Ohlmann’s entire miniature collection, plus dozens of creations from all over the world, and a brand new permanent department devoted to the arts and techniques of film special effects.

According to dollhousedecoratingblog.com

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