Provision for the visually impaired
at the exhibition Vienna Berlin
The exhibition “Vienna Berlin. The Art of Two Cities. From Schiele to Grosz” will be an experience for all the senses. Blind and partially sighted visitors will be able to enjoy it with the aid of tactile reliefs, exhibition plans in large print and Braille, floor markings integrated into the route and an audio guide. The Berlinische Galerie is one of the first art museums in Germany to offer this target group barrier-free access to one of its special exhibitions, with the focus on self-guided tours to facilitate independent exploration.
The audio guide, designed together with the company Acoustiguide and the not-for-profit Förderband project “Berlin für Blinde” (Berlin for the Blind), has been specifically geared to the needs of blind and partially sighted visitors. It includes comprehensive background information about the exhibits accompanied by detailed verbal imaging. Thanks to these “tactile descriptions”, key works from the Secessions to Neue Sachlichkeit are recreated in the mind’s eye of the visitor. The audio guide is only available in German.
One particular highlight in this exhibition are the tactile pictures: outlines in relief and tactile details from selected works – e.g. by Gustav Klimt, George Grosz and Rudolf Schlichter – offering a haptic experience of the art. The latest technologies are used to translate two-dimensional pictorial information from paintings into three-dimensional form. An individual approach was adopted to every “translation” from an art work into a tactile model, depending on the form and content of the original. A “touch point” in three sections, e.g., enables visitors to discover Gustav Klimt’s portrait of Johanna Staude and the associated blouse made at the Wiener Werkstätten: palpable flock prints of the outline and the pattern on the fabric combine with the feel of silk and feathers to convey a very haptic impression of the original work.
Blind and visually impaired visitors can also take tactile tours and discover the exhibition with their senses. This includes the exclusive opportunity to touch one of the original sculptures on display under guidance. Booking and information: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. 247 49 888
The Berlinische Galerie is working to ensure full disabled access. The museum is already free of physical barriers: the entrance and all exhibition and function rooms are equally open to visitors in a wheelchair.
Further information about the exhibition, accompanying events and accessibility features can be found at www.berlinischegalerie.de.
Foto: Amin Akhtar
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