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Art and Matter. Please Touch. Tactile Gallery

Please Touch is an innovative exhibition designed specifically for people who are visually challenged. The exhibition draws on their sensory approach to sculpture and creates new experiences for audiences of all kinds. The goal is to foster a better understanding of artworks by touching reproductions of them. Another important objective of this project is to raise awareness of otherness through the tactile perception by the blind and visually impaired while developing an ambitious accessibility policy for all people with disabilities.

The Please Touch exhibition was developed in 2016 by the Musée Fabre de Montpellier, in partnership with the Louvre Museum in Paris and was informed by North American best practices at this time. The exhibition content is expected to grow as the exhibition travels to five other museums in the FRAME network, which are: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon; Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen; Musée d’arts de Nantes; and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux.

Due to the hazards of touch during the health crisis of Covid-19, the programming originally planned for 2020 has been postponed to a later date to offer everyone an enriched and safe experience.