Mikli Diffusion France
A long-lasting commitment
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, visually-impaired visitors can discover artworks and artifacts belonging to the Museum’s collections transcribed into high quality reliefs. Each tactile interpretation comes along with a text in braille and large print as well as an audio content that precisely describe the tactile elements they explore and put the artwork/artifact into its social and cultural context.
Alain Mikli implemented a first tactile setup in the Collections’ area for the "La Rivière" (The River) exhibit in December 2010. During the exhibit, 19 artworks and artifacts were displayed in rotation on 5 lecterns. This collaboration was followed by a skill-based patronage, through the design of tactile interpretations for the temporary exhibitions "Maori: leurs trésors ont une âme" (“Maori: their treasures have a soul”) in 2011, "Aux sources de la peinture aborigène - Australie Tjukurrtjanu" (“The source of aborigine painting - Australia Tjukurrtjanu”) in 2012 and "Indiens des Plaines" (“Plains Indians”) in 2014. For 2015, Alain Mikli brought his skill-based patronage to the exhibition "Mayas, révélation d'un temps sans fin", (“Mayas. Revelation of an endless time”) - on display from October 7th, 2014 to February 8th 2015 - by designing 4 tactile interpretations of artworks and artefacts that are emblematic of this plurimillenial civilisation.
More than ever, the patronage offered to the musée du quai Branly is testimony to Mikli Diffusion France's commitment to making museums accessible to visually-impaired people.