Touch faces, bodies, gestures, expressions, discover volumes and perspective with your own hands.
It’s not only for those who can’t exploit light and enjoy images. It can also help everyone discover new and richer ways of perceiving.
The museum has made tactile observation its main channel of learning.
Is a way of perceiving which is forbidden in almost every museum, an approach to aesthetic pleasure which has hardly been explored by the non-sighted.
The Museo Tattile Statale Omero was created to fill this gap in the range of cultural services for the non-sighted, and also to offer an innovative space where artistic perception passes through multi-sensory, rather than just visual, stimuli.
The exhibition layout
In the early 1990s, the Museo Omero began collecting works which were carefully selected to illustrate the history of sculpture. The collection has grown over the years thanks to numerous acquisitions and it now contains about 300 works including casts from true copies of ancient and modern works, original 20th century and contemporary sculptures, scale architectural models, volumetric models and original archaeological finds.
The exhibition, which can be accessed from the Internal courtyard of the Mole Vanvitelliana, occupies 1500 square metres over two floors and displays more than 150 works. The current spaces are final, the exhibition layout is temporary.
Casts from true copies, in plaster and resin, of undisputed masterpieces of classic art, from ancient Greece to the Renaissance, interact with our architectural models: the Discobolus, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Poseidon of Cape Artemisio, the Venus de Milo are placed near the scale model of the Parthenon; the Capitoline She-wolf and Roman portrait statues accompany the volumetric and sectional models of the Pantheon.
Next there is the Medieval section with examples of the Romanesque and Gothic styles, then the Renaissance area where models of Florence Cathedral and St Peter’s Basilica in Rome provide the setting for, among others, the mighty works of Michelangelo: the Pietà from St Peter’s, the Rondanini Pietà, the Pitti Tondo and the Taddei Tondo, Moses, David and still more.
The upstairs area contains our original contemporary sculptures by Italian and international artists working in the figurative and Arte Informale styles, including Giorgio De Chirico, Pietro Consagra, Arturo Martini, Marino Marini, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Valeriano Trubbiani, Edgardo Mannucci, Umberto Mastroianni, André Barelier, Alik Cavaliere, Pierre Carron, Pietro Annigoni, Francesco Messina, Vittorio Morelli, Floriano Bodini, Rosario Ruggiero, Sanzio Blasi, Loreno Sguanci, Giuliano Vangi, Bruno Ceccobelli, Girolamo Ciulla, Walter Valentini, Tiziana Felicioni, Roberto Papini, Sergio Zanni, Aron Demetz, Paolo Annibali, Felice Tagliaferri.
All the exhibits can be explored and enjoyed through touch. Descriptions are available in Braille and in large print and there are mobile platforms with stairs for exploring the tallest sculptures.
The next step for our collection: setting up the definitive exhibition layout in the current areas where about 300 works will be displayed along an innovative, multi-sensory and technologically advanced pathway.
The photos of the works are by Maurizio Bolognini.