A tactile exposition as part of the special exhibition program “The Language of Sculpture in Braille”
November 14, 2019 – April 19, 2020
Since 2008, tactile exhibitions have been arranged in the New Tretyakov Gallery as part of the “The Language of Sculpture in Braille” program. Primarily they are intended for those who are unable to see works of art. At these exhibitions blind and visually impaired people can experience original sculptures rather than reconstructions. Sculpture podiums are designed in order to enable blind visitors to explore three-dimensional shapes by touch. The labels contain information printed in Braille.
The name of the exhibition is inspired by a philosophical encyclopedia: “The Book of Nature is a concept dating from antiquity that considered the natural world as a ‘text’ to be ‘read and ‘interpreted’.” What interpretations of this “text” do modern sculptors offer? How do they construct their dialogues with reference forms created by nature? And how can the tactile experience, familiar to the blind, enrich our understanding of sculpture and nature? Curators used the scope of these questions when defining principles for selecting objects and organizing the expositions.
The exhibition presents works from Moscow sculptors’ workshops. These are works in stone, wood, bronze, ceramics and optical glass. The list of creators includes recognized masters of the genre of Animalists, Andrei Marts (1924–2002) and Aleksey Tsvetkov (1924–2009), as well as the famous sculptors Boris Cherstvy, Dmitry Voronin, Oleg Kovrigin, Vladimir Zabotkin, Maxim Kharlov, Olga Khan and others. Besides the original works, there are samples of “natural sculpture” exhibited, skulls of fossil animals, ammonites, fossils of fish and plants from the Paleontological Institute, as well as photographs of paleontological exhibits made using a relief printing technique. A special section of the exhibition aims to present “The Book of Herbs” by Dmitry Plavinsky (1937–2012). The exhibition includes interviews with sculptors, audio commentaries and sound compositions by Alexander Chertkov.
Curators: Elena Gerasimova, Boris Cherstvy
Project partners: The Association of Moscow Sculptors, A. A. Borisyak Paleontological Institute (RAS), and the Botanical Garden of Moscow State Lomonosov University’s “Apothecaries’ Garden”.
Exhibition opening hours:
Monday is a day off
Tue, Wed, Sun 10:00–18:00, entry until 17:00
Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00–21:00, entry until 20:00
The exhibition can be visited using tickets to the permanent exhibition “The Art of the 20th Century”, as well as tickets to the exhibition “The Avant-garde. # 1 List” and “Vasily Polenov”. Exhibition entry is free on Wednesdays
For visually impaired and blind visitors
Entrance to the exhibition for visitors with first- and second-degree disabilities, as well as for those accompanying a person with first-degree disability is free. Free tickets can be obtained at the entrance to the exhibition.
Visitors with a guide dog can be admitted to the Tretyakov Gallery.
Excursions can be booked for blind and visually impaired visitors by e-mail email@example.com or by phone +7 (925) 458 69 42. We await your phone call Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 18.00.
(with valid ID)
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