Anyone following this blog for the last three years has probably noticed my obsession with teeny tiny things. FromPrague’s Museum of Miniatures to Zarifa Salahova’s collection of miniature edition books in Azerbaijan, we’ve seen a lot of small stuff from all over the world. Well, there’s another museum to add to the list, this time in the Andalucían town of Mijas. Actually we’ve been to a miniature museum in Spain before (the Museu De Miniatures in Besalú). Who knew the people of Spain were really into small things? You learn something new all the time, I guess.
Anyway, Carromato de Max, one of the town’s most popular tourist attractions, is a miniature museum housed in a gypsy-style caravan. This unusual collection of tiny pieces of art and sculpture was founded in 1972 by a famous hypnotist named Juan Elegido Millán, also known as Professor Max. The museum’s collection, with pieces from over 50 different countries, includes a painting of Abraham Lincoln on a pinhead, itsy bitsy chalk sculptures of Winston Churchill and James Dean, a microscopic painting of a naval battle on a pinhead, and the Lord’s Prayer on the edge of a tiny calling card. And yes, that is a photograph of a face carved into a bean. Instead of eating beans on toast, turn that food into art. It might be in a museum one day.