Mikli Diffusion France
A long-lasting committment
Since December 2010, eyewear designer Alain Mikli and the musée du quai Branly have teamed up to enable visually-impaired visitors to have access to the richness of the arts and civilizations from Oceania, Asia, Africa and the Americas, owned by the museum, through the design of tactile interpretations carried out using 3D printing. Thanks to a brand new process developed in partnership with Nicolas Hueber, professor at Arts et Métiers ParisTech, campus of Angers, visually-impaired visitors may discover artworks and artifacts belonging to the museum’s collections interpreted into reliefs of a quite stunning quality. Each tactile interpretation comes along with a text in braille and large print as well as an audio content that describe precisely the tactile elements they explore and put the artwork/artifact in its social and cultural context.
Thus, after having implemented a first tactile setup in «The River» inside the collections’ area in December 2010 where 19 artworks and artifacts are on display in rotation on 5 lecterns, and after having carried out skill-based patronage actions by designing tactile interpretations for temporary exhibitions «MAORI: their treasures have a soul» (2011) and «THE SOURCE OF ABORIGINE PAINTING - Australia Tjukurrtjanu» (2012), Alain Mikli brings his skill-based patronage action to the exhibition «Plains Indians» from April 8th to July 20th 2014 by designing 4 tactile interpretations of artworks and artifacts representative of these populations.
With his patronage actions for the musée du quai Branly, Alain Mikli reasserts more than ever his commitment to make museums accessible to visually-impaired people.