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The miniature rooms glow brightly in a darkened passageway, with an extra step in front of them, so that younger visitors can gaze without being lifted. In the last Carnegie International one artist put tiny televisions in some of the miniature rooms. (It was Jeremy Deller - I just looked it up.) The TV sets played fake news footage of conflicts appropriate to the era of the furnishings - the French and Indian Wars, for example, in a Louis the Somethingth interior. I loved that intervention in one of my favorite exhibits. Today I wondered if a committee like those who prepare the giant trees for the Hall of Architecture might be persuaded to put a tiny tree with wrapped presents in one of the rooms next year...

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