Artistry IV. The Orońsko Collection. Exhibition tour for blind and visually impaired visitors.
Artistry IV. The Orońsko Collection was not the first exhibition Galeria Bielska BWA had made more accessible for the blind and visually impaired.
The gallery staff who provided all the subtle details about the sculptures and allowed visitors to feel some of the sculptures.
Grażyna Cybulska, art historian, Galeria Bielska BWA:
Any contact with a work of art is an aesthetic experience that flows from the senses and provides a wealth of impressions. We experience beauty, pleasure, intellectual stimulation. It might seem obvious that viewing the work, focusing on its visual side, is the most important element of familiarization, but not everyone is lucky enough to be able to use sight. Individuals with visual limitations have no choice but make use of a different sense – the sense of touch.
Understandably, it is not always possible to experience an exhibition through touch. There are many reasons for this: fragile material, delicate structure, glass cover, etc., but the Gallery provides such an opportunity whenever possible. The current exhibition of Sculpture, Artistry IV. The Orońsko Collection seems ideal for blind and visually impaired visitors who will wear gloves and touch several dozen selected works by Poland’s most accomplished artists. They will be able to reflect on each work while feeling the fabric and texture, experiencing the dynamics of shape, and trying to recognize the technique and colour mood. Together, we will try to discover the story told by each of the works, and find out whether it raises any questions for the viewer, or perhaps provides inspiration and makes one more sensitive.