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The “Around Beethoven” Concert

International Day of Persons with Disabilities
3 December 2020 at 6.00 pm

The “Around Beethoven” Concert reconstructs the Viennese musical environment surrounding the painful story of Ludwig van Beethoven’s loss of hearing, yet whose deafness did not prevent him composing the great masterpieces of his maturity. There are pieces by composers who influenced Beethoven’s development – Salieri, Mozart, Haydn – and by some of his contemporaries – Rossini, Schubert, Weber. The works will be performed by soloists from the Accademia d’Arte Lirica, Osimo, together with the pianist, Alessandro Benigni.

The concert will be held behind closed doors at the Museo Omero in Ancona and will be filmed and broadcast live on the Osimoweb and Museo Omero Facebook platform.

The concert is part of the programme of events in the Progetto “Oltre l’Ascolto – Esperienze di diversa abilità nella dimensione della musica” (“Beyond Listening – Experiences of diverse abilities in the musical dimension” project), promoted by the Accademia d’Arte Lirica di Osimo, the Lega Del Filo d’Oro and the Museo Tattile Statale Omero, in collaboration with the Conservatorio “G. Rossini”, Pesaro and the Associazione “Ragazzi Oltre” di Ancona – with financial support from the Cariverona Bank and the patronage of the Garante Regionale dei diritti alla persona.

The next concert will be at the Teatro La Nuova Fenice, Osimo on 12 December at 6pm.

The programmes all have the theme of “Music and different abilities” and are the result of writing and ensemble music workshops.
The creation of musical – and therefore affective and expressive – relationships between people with diverse communication skills is an integral part of the project.
Musicians from different backgrounds (composers, instrumentalists and singers, including students and teachers from the Conservatorio “G. Rossini”, Pesaro and from the Accademia, Osimo) had musical experiences with patients from the Lega del Filo d’Oro, diversely able musicians, school pupils, residents of care homes, health facilities, prisons.

A new site for the Museo Omero. Accessibility model

The new Museo Omero website will be presented to the public in a live broadcast on our Youtube channel on Monday 23 November at 6 pm.

Taking part in the live event will be the technicians and staff of the Museo Omero involved in the project as well as several guests, including Mario Barbuto, the National President of the UICI, Luigi Gallo, head of the Direzione Regionale Musei Marche – Mibact, Elisabetta Borgia and Gabriella Cetorelli from Mibact, Luigi Fraccaroli, President of the Italian Esperanto Federation, and other authorities. Aldo Grassini, president of the Museo Omero, moderates the virtual meeting.

The new official website embodies and reflects the philosophy of the Omero Museum which places accessibility at the centre of its reflection and experience. Accessibility understood as a simple, intuitive gateway to content, for everyone, regardless of the devices used. This is possible thanks to the linear architecture of the contents, understandable language, a development code that is scrupulous in respecting, first and foremost, the needs of blind people.

Our old site which is about to retire, was created in 2004 and already incorporated the international, technical, accessibility
guidelines. We also introduced further innovations such as site navigation by telephone using a toll-free number and a special version for partially-sighted people with selected colour contrasts and large print.

The technical and IT innovations of recent years have made some features partially redundant and have imposed others, such as the need for the site to adapt to navigation from mobile devices.

The new site will be navigable from both desktop computers and mobile devices (tablets and smartphones), as it was created using a technique known as responsive design. This technique, when applied in conjunction with accessibility strategies, is particularly helpful to blind and partially-sighted people who use assistive technologies, such as speech synthesis, magnifiers and hardware tools such as the Braille bar. The technical side of the site was built by two experts in the field of web accessibility, Fabrizio Caccavello and Roberto Scano, who worked in close collaboration with the Museo Omero Communications Department (Monica Bernacchia, Alessia Varricchio and Damiano Boriani).

Our new site is available in English and Esperanto and has taken on board the latest accessibility guidelines issued by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities as well as current international standards and national legislation. The website is the result of the work carried out by all the Museum staff during the pandemic emergency, which has created new mechanisms for the collective enjoyment of culture. Being online with a new look will allow us to create a ‘fertile terrain’ for our return and will be a starting point for new digital experiments.

We invite you to connect to our Youtube page on November 23, 2020 at 6 pm.

We are open on line!

The world of art is always open in your home!

This page features the latest digital resources produced by our staff so that you can stay in touch with us, even from far away.

This has been a creative challenge for the Museo Omero, as our usual fields of interest are physical contact with works of art and accessibility. However, we rose to the occasion and won through by participating in the campaigns promoted by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities.

The result of our efforts is a constantly evolving and expanding range of digital resources which can be enjoyed by the public at any time.
The available digital material is listed below.

For study and further exploration

  • Our “A Zoom on Art” video conferences are available on the Museo Omero Facebook channel where Cyrille Gouyette (Musée du Louvre), James Bradburne, (Pinacoteca di Brera), Christian Greco (Museo Egizio, Torino) and Tiziana Maffei (Reggia di Caserta) talk about art and archaeology with leading experts.
  • Audios of the “Touching art on the Radio” programme that we created in collaboration with Slash Radio Web, are available on the website of the Italian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted. The forty-minute art lessons and interviews with artists by the Museo Omero staff are dedicated to everyone, and provide detailed descriptions of the art works to render the transmission fully accessible.
  • All the issues of our Aisthesis, discover art with all the senses magazine are available online, in audio and PDF.
  • Videos of the “Touching beauty” Maria Montessori Bruno Munari conference are available on our Youtube channel for exploring topics related to two great protagonists of the twentieth century.

For family fun

Our Youtube channel has various videos for children.

Art workshops at home

Animated readings for children

Animated readings for children

Fun to share with friends

Art aperitifs – Video recipes from our youtube channel

Musical selections

Music playlist on the Museo Omero Spotify channel.

RAPHAEL exhibition of woven masterpieces in Bolzano

From 10th October to 15th December 2020
Trevi Center, Bolzano

Closed until 24 November due to COVID restrictions

The Museo Omero contributed to the exhibition event “RAPHAEL Masterpieces of fabrics. The Fortunes and myth of a great Italian genius”, held at the Trevi Center (TREVILAB) in Bolzano from 10 October to 15 December 2020. This initiative is part of a series of celebrations of three iconic figures of Italian and international culture: Leonardo da Vinci in 2019, Raffaello Sanzio this year, and in 2021 it will be the turn of Dante Alighieri.

The exhibition pays special attention to the theme of “accessibility” and has been designed so that it can be enjoyed by all sections of the public. The exhibition includes a tactile section for blind and visually-impaired people thanks to collaborations with the Museo Omero of Ancona (Typhlo-didactic Services), the Italian Union of the Blind and Visually Impaired of Bolzano and the St. Raphael Blind Centre of Bolzano.


The highlight of the exhibition, Raphael’s ‘The Miraculous Draught of Fishes’ tapestry, was rendered tactile via a reduced-scale relief print (created by Massimiliano Trubbiani). There are also didactic aids in Braille (created by Daniela Bottegoni with the help of Patrizia Calderone). This section also features a reproduction of the bust of the Lady of Urbino from the Museo Omero’s Collection and a resin bas-relief of Raphael’s painting, “Portrait of a Gentlewoman”, also known as “La Muta”, (made by Francesca Graziani), an aid previously made for the Ducal Palace of Urbino by the laboratory of the Typhlo-didactic Services of the Museo Omero. There is also a glass relief of the same painting, which originated from an experimental research project by Glass Art Design Vetroricerca of Bolzano.

This is yet another commission carried out by the staff of the Museo Omero who are now experts in the creation and production of learning aids and materials for accessibility to heritage.