Miniature art, popular on social media, takes the plunge with the first major exhibition in a European gallery in Paris, in which 20 world-renowned artists exhibit some of their most emblematic works.
This type of art has spread thanks to social networks, on which artists from all over the world post photos of their works under the hashtag #MiniatureArt.
The “Small is Beautiful” exhibition, which will run until next January 13, presents a total of 126 works of art of all kinds of themes and formats at the Galerie Joseph in the French capital.
Attention to detail is paramount in the exhibition, and fans of the mini phenomenon can immerse themselves in the most unlikely objects, bringing their childhood imagination to life in several small-scale universes.
Suitable for all ages, the dimensions are a reminder of the skill and patience needed to invent bespoke and often wacky pieces.
There are even artists who have managed to make sculptures on the tip of a pencil.
Bosnian artist Jasenko Dordevic has meticulously sculpted the figure of a mother holding her daughter, as well as the Eiffel Tower, over pencil lead.
With over 180,000 followers on Instagram, London-based photographer Slinkachu presents his “Miniature Street Art” in which he uses everyday objects to recreate real life situations in miniature.
Slinkachu created an installation of a snake attacking a little girl and her mother from a green shoelace in a puddle, among other miniature scenes, which he usually leaves for pedestrians after taking photos.
French photographer Samsofy personifies classic Lego figures and depicts them in miniature, using everyday materials and products.
Works by German artist Frank Kunert will also grab visitors’ attention, thanks to his stunning scenes and real-life themes such as death and love.
And French artist Nicolas Pierre takes advantage of the exhibition’s host city to create small-scale buildings like the famous Tati department store in Paris.
Painting also holds a prominent place in the exhibition, thanks to the South African artist Lorraine Loots, who has produced miniature drawings that can only be appreciated in all their detail with a magnifying glass.
At the end of the visit, visitors can see how all the works were created through various videos made by the artists themselves.
Children will also be able to immerse themselves in several creative miniature art workshops organized by the venue and in partnership with the Musée en Herbe, with the aim of motivating potential new artists in this field.
‘small is beautiful‘ will be exhibited until January 13, 2022, at the Galerie Joseph in Paris.