A deep and lasting commitment
Since December 2010, eyewear designer Alain Mikli and the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac have teamed up in order to enable notably visitors with visual disabilities to have access to the richness of the art and civilizations from Oceania, Asia, Africa and the Americas that belong to the museum by elaborating tactile interpretations using 3D printing. Thanks to this manufacturing process, visitors and especially those who are blind or partially sighted can discover artefacts and artworks belonging to the collections of the museum interpreted with raised shapes, textures and shades of colors. Each tactile interpretation comes along with a text in braille and large characters as well as an audio content describing precisely the tactile elements they explore while replacing the artwork/artefact in its social and cultural context.
The first audio-tactile setup supported by Mikli Diffusion France was inaugurated in 2010, during the first edition of the Accessibility Week. Located in “the River”, at the very center of the collections area, it enables visitors, whether they are visually impaired or not, to discover by touch and hearing, the tactile interpretations of pieces from the four continents. In the pursuit of their common commitment, Mikli Diffusion France has since been the regular patron of major temporary exhibitions at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac. Indeed, the Company has offered its technology and know-how for the design of audio-tactile setups installed in a dedicated area inside the exhibitions. Once the exhibitions over, these setups join those already on display, in rotation on five cabinets in “the River”. The public can thus have access to a growing number of artworks and artefacts coming from civilizations as rich as they are diverse.
In 2017, Mikli Diffusion France commits again with the museum by making the PRIMITIVE PICASSO exhibition accessible. Visitors, whether they are visually impaired or not are invited to discover eight tactile interpretations of artworks, including three by Pablo Picasso, on display along a podotactile strip adhered to the ground that guides them through the various segments composing the exhibition. Moreover, a Braille leaflet that can be read during or after the visit is made available to visitors. It presents the various segments of the exhibition, to enable them to better apprehend its construction and the issues it raises.
By its long-lasting action at the side of the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, Mikli Diffusion France testifies of its deep commitment to make art accessible to blind and partially-sighted people but also, by extension, to every visitor interested in this original approach.
Contact for Mikli Diffusion France: estelle.costes (at) atelier.luxottica.com http://www.alainmikli.com