“Touch and see” exhibition

Locandina evento

18 January to 24 February 2013
Museo Tattile Statale Omero - Mole Vanvitelliana

On Friday, January 18 at 6pm Aldo Grassini, President of the Museum, and Silvia Cuppini, exhibition curator, welcomed visitors to the opening of the "Guardare con tatto" exhibition in the Museo Tattile Statale Omero galleries. The "Guardare con tatto" exhibition is part of the "Infinitamente Salvi" series of regional events promoting the rich collection of contemporary art which has been built up and housed in Sassoferrato over the sixty years that the Premio Salvi has been awarded.

The series of events is now being run by the Mjras group of Urbino (made up of Silvia Cuppini, Alice Devecchi, Roberto Bua, Joan Martos) who aim to reinterpret the works in the collection through contemporary eyes and attune them to the chosen venues. These include the Mole Vanvitelliana in Ancona, where the new Guardare con tatto exhibition is on display in the Museo Omero galleries from 18 January to 24 February 2013. There are ten sculptures by contemporary artists - Joseph Uncini, Edgardo Mannucci, Giancarlo Minen, Lorraine Sguanci, Paolo Pompei, Umberto Pesci, Elio Cerbella, Marco Bettocchi, Valeriano Trubbiani, Giuliano Giuliani - chosen because of their relation to the pentagonal structure of the Mole, i.e. the number five, five fingers, the five senses. The multi-sensory layout is designed for blind and visually impaired visitors.

"The works" - as the architect Roberto Bua explains - "are arranged in pairs at the corners of the pentagon, so as to enhance the tactile element. The eye follows the form, and physical contact reveals other qualities of the object: rough or smooth, warm or cold, solid or perforated, vibrant or dull, angular or rounded, dependant on the various materials used by the artists: wood, metal, stone, ceramic. The eye travels all over the object and perceives the vibrations of light and heat, measures its relationship with space and caresses it: the tactile 'looking' reveals the object, indeed reveals it twice, because knowledge is in the totality and not in separation."

The exhibition, is also part of the Happy Museum and the Grand Tour Cultura 2012 −2013, Museums - Archives - Libraries of the Marches region: "ordinary" places for creativity, and includes guided visits and learning workshops for different age groups. They use literary texts and archive documents and consider the place - in this case the Mole Vanvitelliana and its form - as a vehicle for creativity.


Where: Museo Tattile Statale Omero, Mole Vanvitelliana, Banchina Da Chio 28, Ancona
Open: Tuesday to Saturday from 4pm to 8pm. Sunday 10am - 1pm and 4pm to 8pm. Closed on Mondays.
Free admission. Guided tours and educational workshops on request: 3 Euros per person, except for teachers, disabled people and their companions.
Tel 071 28 11 935 - During opening hours 331.7537468
Email: info@museoomero.it

List of works

  1. UMBERTO PESCI / columns / 120x26x26 cm / 1979 / wood
  2. LORENO SGUANCI / untitled / cm 84x71X50 / 1971 / wood and metal
  3. ELIO CERBELLA /: Modules of a wall / 29x26x21 cm / year? / Ceramic
  4. GIANCARLO MINEN / Divagazioni di un pittore / 135x30X30 cm / year? / Wood and iron
  5. GIUSEPPE UNCINI / Struttura spazio/132HX38 X 25/1967 / aluminum
  6. GIULIANO GIULIANI / Sulla forma / 30x50X25 cm / year? / Travertine
  7. PAOLO POMPEI / cm 24 x diam. 40 /1993 / bronze and copper
  8. VALERIANO TRUBBIANI / Fendente acciao / 57x90X25 cm / year? / Metal and wood
  9. MARIO BETTOCCHI / Ricerca nel cerchio / 113x50x35 cm / year? / Wood
  10. EDGARDO MANNUCCI / untitled / 63x63x27 cm / bronze and metal

The "Infinitely Salvi" series

The title
"Infinitely Salvi," commemorates the successful seventeenth-century painter G. B. Salvi whose works can be found in major art galleries throughout the world, as originals or copies.
Origin of the project
The running of the 2012/13/14 Salvi Awards has been awarded to Mjras by the municipality of Sassoferrato. Mjras will also create a new exhibition design for the Gallery of Contemporary Art which houses the works collected over the sixty years that the Salvi prize has been awarded.
The project
Infinitamente Salvi is a cultural project which creates opportunities for interaction with the works of art. It comprises exhibits and trails which make the visitor look more carefully and poses further questions. Searching for answers, the visitor enjoys 'infinitè salvation'. The project calls for region-wide involvement through various types of action to be agreed with the local cultural institutions.