LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

„Mensch!“ – a museum guide of a special kind

The LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur (“LWL Museum of Art and Culture”) in Münster has been a pioneer for accessible art offerings in North Rhine-Westphalia for years. We were asked to develop and produce a museum guide based on our earlier reading audiobook “Das Goldene Zeitalter” (The Golden Age). An exciting challenge. Thematically, six selected exhibits of the museum were to be presented, which would not only introduce blind and visually impaired people, but all art lovers in a particularly
“meaningful” way.

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The time span of the motifs ranges from the 12th century with the Bockhorst Triumphal Cross, through the 16th century with the “Family Picture of Count Rietberg” by Herman tom Ring, the 19th century with the painting “Lady with Child” by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, to the 20th century with the paintings “Self-Portrait with White Pearl Necklace” by Paula Modersohn-Becker, “Sitting Gypsy Girl” by Otto Mueller and the object “KitchenChef” by Joseph Beuys. In order to make the motifs even more sensually perceptible, we have further developed the tactile elements in comparison to our pilot project “The Golden Age”. Instead of deep-drawing foils, the motifs were provided with transparent printed tactile structures.

These structures show the most important details of the image composition on the colored motif. They allow a very good access to the image content for blind people especially in combination with the audio description. For two motifs, image sections were additionally enlarged and provided with tactile structures. The blind test readers were thrilled. The museum guide also offers visually impaired and non-disabled people a wide range of information about the collection of the Münster Museum. On top we produced 5 motifs as mobile tactile paintings, which, due to their low weight, dimensions of approx. 35 x 50 cm and an even more concise tactile elaboration, also enable blind people to participate in guided tours of the museum.

The Tactile Book „Mensch!”

Bild des tastbaren Covers mit Braille-Schrift
Ausschnitt mit großflächiger Braille-Schrift aus dem LWL Tastbuch
Ausschnitt des LWL Tastbuches mit tastender Hand in Anwendung
Ansicht Sitzendes Zigeunermädchen aus dem Tastbuch
Abbildung des Gemäldes Dame mit Kind aus dem Tastbuch
Ausschnitt des Tastgemäldes Familienbild des Grafen Rietberg
Abbildung des Gemäldes Dame mit Kind aus dem Tastbuch
Ausschnitt des Tastgemäldes Familienbild des Grafen Rietberg
Detailansicht des Gemäldes Dame mit Kind mit verstärkter weißer Linienführung für Menschen mit Seheinschränkung
Ausklappbare Seite mit Darstellung des Familienbildes des Grafen Rietberg
Darstellung einer Person welche die Braille-Schrift liest
Darstellung einer ausklappbaren Seite mit der Abbildung "Küchenchef" von Joseph Beuyz
Darstellung einer Person welche die Braille-Schrift liest
Darstellung einer ausklappbaren Seite mit der Abbildung "Küchenchef" von Joseph Beuyz

The Mobile Tactile Paintings

Tragetasche der Tastgemälde aus Filzstoff in der Anwendung
Tragetasche der Tastgemälde aus Filzstoff in der Anwendung
Detailansicht des Tastgemäldes Bockhorster Triumphkreuz
Ausschnitt des Tastgemäldes "Sitzendes Zigeunermädchen"

In Detail:
„Bockhorster Triumphkreuz“

Das Bockhorster Triumphkreuz in zwei Ansichten
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Listen to the text about the interpretation of the sculpture „Bockhorster Triumphkreuz“ made of oak wood. (audio german only)

Detailansicht des Tastgemäldes Bockhorster Triumphkreuz
Detailansicht des Tastgemäldes Bockhorster Triumphkreuz
Detailansicht des Tastgemäldes Bockhorster Triumphkreuz
Detailansicht des Tastgemäldes Bockhorster Triumphkreuz

In Detail: Paula Modersohn-Becker
„Selbstbildnis mit weißer Perlenkette“

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Listen to the text about the interpretation of the painting „Selbstportrait mit weißer Perlenkette” by Paula Modersohn-Becker. (audio german only)

Detailansicht der tastbaren Acrylglasplatte
Detail der Perlenkette des Tastgemäldes Selbstbildnis von Paula
Detailansicht der tastbaren Acrylglasplatte
Detail der Perlenkette des Tastgemäldes Selbstbildnis von Paula
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Projectdetails

Client: LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

Project Period: 2019 – 2020

Project scope: Creation and production of the tactile book “Mensch!” with tactile illustrations, graphic design and layout, planning and implementation of five mobile tactile paintings with matching carrier bag, including product design and 3D data creation. Support of studio recordings audio CD, production support and music selection.