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November 14, 2019April 19, 2020

Tactile Exhibition Under Language of sculpture in Braille Program

All exhibits are allowed to be touched, as the exhibition is primarily for those who is not able to see works of art. The Book of Nature is a part of a special exhibition program, Language of Sculpture in Braille. Since 2008, the Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val has been holding exhibitions of sculptures available for tactile perception. Blind and visually impaired people can study not replicas or special copies, but the genuine works provided by the authors.



Exhibition The Book of Nature presents works from the workshops of Moscow sculptors. These are works of stone, wood, bronze, ceramics and optical glass. Among the authors are classics of the animalistic genre such as Andrei Marts (1924–2002) and Aleksey Tsvetkov (1924–2009). Famous sculptors Boris Cherstvy, Dmitry Voronin, Oleg Kovrigin, Maxim Kharlov and others provided their works for the exhibition. In addition to the author’s works, the exhibition presents samples of “natural sculpture” — skulls of fossil animals and fossils of fish, mollusks and plants from the Paleontological Institute, and authors’ photographs of fossils made in the experimental technique of multilayer relief printing. A special section of the exhibition is dedicated to “The Book of Herbs” by the famous artist Dmitry Plavinsky (1937-2012). Tactile copies from Plavinsky’s monotypes are made in technique of metal etching by the masters of Piranesi Lab, experimental printing laboratory. Casts from living plants were made in the workshop of tactile models of Mikhail and Olga Shu. Some of the exhibits are accompanied by the author’s sound compositions by Alexander Chertkov. Name of the exhibition is borrowed from the philosophical encyclopedia. The book of nature is a concept dating back to the antiquity about the natural world as a kind of text to be read and interpreted. What interpretations do modern sculptors offer us? What role do different sense organs play in understanding the natural world? How can tactile experience of the blind people enrich our understanding of sculpture? These questions determined for curators the principle of selecting exhibits for the exhibition project. Podiums for sculptures are designed so that it is convenient to study the volume forms by touch. The labels contain information in Braille. The exhibition includes audio commentary, which may be of interest not only to visually impaired visitors of the museum.



The exhibition also includes general and thematic tours for students of the special schools and for adults with visual impairments. Those blind visitors who prefer to study works of art on their own, will enjoy tiflocommentaries for exhibits and an audio guide with thematic routes. Curators: Elena Gerasimova, Boris Cherstvy. Project partners: Association of Moscow Sculptors, A.A. Borisyak Paleontological Institute of RAS, Botanical Garden of Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Apothecaries’ garden. Visiting of the exhibition is included in the price of the ticket to the New Tretyakov Gallery. When buying a ticket online, please choose “Entrance ticket to exhibition Art of XX Century, Krymsky Val, 10”. On Wednesdays, the exhibition is open for free.

All exhibits are allowed to be touched, as the exhibition is primarily for those who is not able to see works of art. The Book of Nature is a part of a special exhibition program, Language of Sculpture in Braille. Since 2008, the Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val has been holding exhibitions of sculptures available for tactile perception. Blind and visually impaired people can study not replicas or special copies, but the genuine works provided by the authors.



Exhibition The Book of Nature presents works from the workshops of Moscow sculptors. These are works of stone, wood, bronze, ceramics and optical glass. Among the authors are classics of the animalistic genre such as Andrei Marts (1924–2002) and Aleksey Tsvetkov (1924–2009). Famous sculptors Boris Cherstvy, Dmitry Voronin, Oleg Kovrigin, Maxim Kharlov and others provided their works for the exhibition. In addition to the author’s works, the exhibition presents samples of “natural sculpture” — skulls of fossil animals and fossils of fish, mollusks and plants from the Paleontological Institute, and authors’ photographs of fossils made in the experimental technique of multilayer relief printing. A special section of the exhibition is dedicated to “The Book of Herbs” by the famous artist Dmitry Plavinsky (1937-2012). Tactile copies from Plavinsky’s monotypes are made in technique of metal etching by the masters of Piranesi Lab, experimental printing laboratory. Casts from living plants were made in the workshop of tactile models of Mikhail and Olga Shu. Some of the exhibits are accompanied by the author’s sound compositions by Alexander Chertkov. Name of the exhibition is borrowed from the philosophical encyclopedia. The book of nature is a concept dating back to the antiquity about the natural world as a kind of text to be read and interpreted. What interpretations do modern sculptors offer us? What role do different sense organs play in understanding the natural world? How can tactile experience of the blind people enrich our understanding of sculpture? These questions determined for curators the principle of selecting exhibits for the exhibition project. Podiums for sculptures are designed so that it is convenient to study the volume forms by touch. The labels contain information in Braille. The exhibition includes audio commentary, which may be of interest not only to visually impaired visitors of the museum.



The exhibition also includes general and thematic tours for students of the special schools and for adults with visual impairments. Those blind visitors who prefer to study works of art on their own, will enjoy tiflocommentaries for exhibits and an audio guide with thematic routes. Curators: Elena Gerasimova, Boris Cherstvy. Project partners: Association of Moscow Sculptors, A.A. Borisyak Paleontological Institute of RAS, Botanical Garden of Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Apothecaries’ garden. Visiting of the exhibition is included in the price of the ticket to the New Tretyakov Gallery. When buying a ticket online, please choose “Entrance ticket to exhibition Art of XX Century, Krymsky Val, 10”. On Wednesdays, the exhibition is open for free.

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