Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation joins inclusive programme of Garage Museum for blind and visually impaired visitors

22 October 2015

People with vision impairments of varying severity and medical cause have the opportunity to go on a specially adapted tour of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, which this autumn opened the first department in Russia for inclusive programmes. The aim is to ensure the availability of museums for visitors with disabilities.

Now, guests with visual pathologies not only receive audio information about the themes artists work with, but can also study sensory touching exhibits presented in a large exhibition space in "Garage”.

The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation as a partner of the museum and implementing its own Support Programme for Visually Impaired Children, has offered to collaborate. One of the key aspects of this initiative is the long-standing desire of offering the Foundation’s young beneficiaries (pupils of regional residential schools for blind and visually impaired children) opportunities to expand their knowledge in contemporary art. The first joint step towards this overall goal is a series of unique tours to the Louise Bourgeois exhibition, "Structures of Existence: The Cells”.

On October, 21, 2015 а group from Vladimir Residential School for Blind and Visually Impaired Children got acquainted with works by the world-famous sculptor. The next visitors brought by the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation to see the exhibition would be children from Ivanovo Residential School.

The young guests’ dive into the unique world of Louise Bourgeois was made possible by a special technique developed by Garage Inclusive Programs department. The exhibition is accompanied by tiflo-commentaries and tactile exploration of models and samples of materials used in the original masterpieces.

During the tour, participants also get acquainted with the concepts of sculpture and installation — how a sculptor or a painter works through the form to convey his ideas or emotions.

The Louise Bourgeois exhibition, "Structures of Existence: The Cells” is one of the biggest cultural events of the season. Masterpieces by Bourgeois — one of the few artists belonging to both modernism and modernity — are being presented for the first time in Moscow. The scale of the exhibition comprises 80 works (including some of large dimensions — the giant swing). 60 of them are cells (unique innovative sculptures of environment microcosms), endowed with individual traits. To create them Louise Bourgeois used items of her daily life (clothes, fabrics, furniture) and sculptural designs in a specific enclosure. Bourgeois often said that the source of many motifs and phenomena in her work are the memories of a difficult childhood.

Founded in 2008, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is Russia’s first philanthropic organisation dedicated to development of contemporary art and culture. An extensive programme of exhibitions, educational, scientific and publishing activities presented by the museum reflects current trends in Russian and international culture with a view to creating opportunities for public dialogue, new works and their interpretation.

The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation is a patron of the educational programme of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and supports its research activities, archive and library.

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