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Show Me the Mini

March 21, 2017 - November 25, 2018

The art of miniatures takes many forms and exists across time and cultures. Issues of size, scale, modeling, ownership, production, and historical and contemporary functions of miniatures will be examined. Questions that will be addressed include: How do views and inquiries of the artist, scientist, and designer benefit from comparisons and contrasts of a miniaturization of a work? What are perspective and scale in the arts? How do we define how we see things?
This exhibition, which is drawn from the Harn’s permanent collection of Asian art, highlights an overlooked theme in Asian art and presents a unique opportunity to remind viewers that art comes in all shapes and sizes. It also illuminates the investigation by our collective via constant inquiries into size, scale, modeling, technique, means/opportunities, and intellectual and theoretic growth.

Why Mini? Why Now?
Miniature artworks on display in museums often are overshadowed by monumental works. Show Me the Mini is organized to remind us that we are surrounded by that which is small and tiny, and that our languages reflect this reality. We encounter “mini” automobiles, microwave “mini” snacks, and endure micro-derm abrasion therapies to alter the way we look. Cutting edge research and technologies, such as those being developed by our University of Florida exhibition partner, Nanoscience Institute for Medical and Engineering Technology (NIMET), allow tiny technological devices to improve healthcare and better our understanding of the seen and unseen worlds around us. Show Me the Mini therefore demonstrates that creating and investigating miniatures have always been the case for artists and scientists no matter where or when they lived.

 

 

 

Events

 

The Art of Smallness: 
Looking at Asian Miniatures

Sunday, April 2, 3 pm

Family Day: Honey I Shrunk the Art  
Saturday, April 8, 1 – 4 pm

Museum Nights: Mini Mania
Thursday, May 11, 6 – 9 pm

 

 

 

images (left to right)

Chinese
Vase
Qianlong Period, 1736-1795
Glazed ceramic
Bequest of Dr. David A. Cofrin (2009.48.142)
3 1/2 x 1 7/8 in. (8.9 x 4.8 cm)
Japanese
Nehanzu: Death of the Buddha (detail)
17th Century
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Museum purchase, funds provided by the David A. Cofrin Fund for Asian Art (2015.19.5)
4 x 2 1/2 in. (10.2 x 6.4 cm)
Indian (Kerala)
Venugopala with Attendants and Gopis
16th century
Bronze
Gift of George P. Bickford (S-76-15)
3 1/8 x 3 5/8 x 1 5/8 in. (7.9 x 9.2 x 4.1 cm)