Double Meaning: a tactile journey through the Peggy Guggenheim Collection
In Venice, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni is opening its doors to make the museum’s art accessible to a wider audience. It is understood of course that works of art are not to be touched. At the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, however, this is not entirely so, thanks to the innovative program Double Meaning: A tactile journey through the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Dedicated to a public that is blind or with impaired sight, this program makes masterpieces collected by the American patroness accessible with the aid of relief panels in resin. Four encounters are planned at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, for October 31, November 14, December 12 and January 9, 2016, at 2 pm, 2.45 pm, 3.30 pm. Blind and visually impaired visitors, as well as the “seeing” public, are invited to enjoy works in the permanent collection (Portrait of Frau P. in the South by Paul Klee, Upward by Vasily Kandinsky) and two paintings in the exhibition V. S. Gaitonde. Painting as Process, Painting as Life by means of bas-relief simulations.
The project was realized and designed in collaboration with the Istituto Ciechi of Milan, which generated the 3D reproductions of the paintings by Klee and Kandinsky, provided expert consultancy for the creation of the new accessible page of the PGC website, and translated texts into Braille. The Unione Italiana dei Ciechi e degli Ipovedenti–Onlus promoted the project, which has been endorsed by ICOM Italia (International Council of Museums Italy). The program has been made possible by a grant from the Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation.
Kids Day is an educational program designed to introduce children between 4 and 10 years of age to modern and contemporary art and to make their visit to the museum more comprehensible. Kids Day occurs every Sunday from 3 to 4:30 pm at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
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