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 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/artefact 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), “The source of aborigine painting - Australia Tjukurrtjanu” (2012) and “Plains Indians” (2014) Alain Mikli brings his skill-based patronage action to the exhibition “Mayas. Revelation of an endless time” from October 7, 2014, to February 8, 2015, by designing 4 tactile interpretations of artworks and artefacts emblematic of this plurimillenial civilisation.
With his patronage actions for the musée du quai Branly, Mikli Diffusion France asserts more than ever his commitment to make museums accessible to visually-impaired people.