This exhibition sets a new direction in the art of museum making in Poland and it contributes to the series of new initiatives of the Silesian Museum whose chief objective is rendering access to European cultural heritage to people with various cognitive deficiencies, especially the blind and those with poor vision.
An exhibition of sculptures The beauty of touch, photo provided by organizer
This exhibition sets a new direction in the art of museum making in Poland. It contributes to the series of new initiatives of the Silesian Museum whose chief objective is rendering access to European cultural heritage to people with various cognitive deficiencies, especially the blind and those with poor vision.
Its target is both the blind and a wide audience for whom the cognitive asset of the exhibition is not restricted to contact with reproductions of prominent works of art of the Antiquity and the Renaissance as well as architectural models. The presented exhibits will be, above all, an opportunity to familiarise Polish audiences with the method that entails contact with art by means of touching it, establishing understanding and approval for that form of contact with art that let us put it clearly - goes directly against the stereotype of museum as a place where touching exhibits is forbidden.
By acquiring objects from the Homer State Museum for the Blind in Ancona, the Silesian Museum wishes to transplant to Polish soil experiences and good practice in the field of museum education for people who find access to art difficult. "The beauty of touch" is a project that has an innovative dimension, too, for Polish museum-makers by focusing attention on the need for opening up museums for so far excluded recipients of art and expanding the cognitive aspect of art.
The exhibition is a consequence of the Silesian Museum's efforts to make the place friendly for the disabled, in particular for people with poor vision and the blind. The Silesian Museum boasts the first in Poland permanent visitors' route in the gallery of painting established for the blind and people with poor vision in October of 2010. The exhibition entitled "The beauty of touch" arises from the determination of the Museum to dismantle the barriers between art and its recipient, including a recipient who cannot see.
Organiser: Silesian Museum, Katowice
This event is part of the Attention Culture! Cultural Programme of the 2011 Polish EU Presidency.