Touch MSU – An expanded set up of the exhibition “Collection as a verb” tailored to visually impaired persons

15 December 2022 – 15 March 2023

Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb

Starting on Dec 15 2022 the artworks in the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb are available for touching as part of the BEAM UP project.

Blind visitors to the Touch MSU exhibition

MSU Zagreb has enriched its exhibition display of the series of exhibitions called “Collection as a verb” which is based on the Museum’s holdings with content for visually impaired visitors which is equally interesting to sighted persons. The tactile experience of artworks that are of invaluable importance to Croatian contemporary art are represented in tactile models, reliefs and replicas accompanied by enlarged captions as well as Braille print and audio descriptions.

The layout adapted to people with visual impairments is the result of the multi-year project BEAM UP (Blind Engagement in Accessible Museum Projects) / PRISTUP which is guided by the motto "with the blind for the blind". Namely, alongside partner institutions in Italy and Ireland, a local expert group consisting of MSU curators, people with visual impairments, and experts in visual impairments was formed in the fall of 2020. The group selected the works for adaptation within the "Collection as a Verb" series, determined the method of their adaptations and advised how to present the works through a specially designed and produced audio guide.

The opening of the extended exhibition of the "Collection as a Verb" series will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 2 p.m. Visitors will be given a guided tour and have the opportunity to experience replicas, tactile models and reliefs modeled after original works through touch. The works range from Igor Grubić's graffiti "we build the museum, the museum builds us" to Ivan Kožarić's "Ruins" and Eugen Feller's "Malampija" all the way to the conceptual work of Mladen Stilinović. Adapting contemporary works of art, often performed with atypical materials and techniques, as well as in different media, was truly an experimental project in which we were happy to include numerous collaborators in order to make the final product as high quality as possible, and the visit to the visually impaired at MSU as complete as an experience as possible. With that goal in mind, we invite visitors to fill out a survey of the setup adjustments after their visit. The survey is also available online. The adjustments are accompanied by an audio guide that, in addition to containing information about the works, guides the visitors' tactile experience and directs their movement throughout the exhibition space. The audio guide is available at the reception in the form of an MP3 player or through the Navilens app on Android and iPhone users' mobile devices which is specially adapted for blind people. Blindfolds are also provided at the reception, if sighted people want to experience a more focused tactile experience.

Starting in January 2023, visitors can enjoy guided tours for the visually impaired as well as sighted persons provided by the curators of the project and visually impaired members of the local expert group. As part of the adaptation of the MSU, access to the Museum for the blind has been ensured via the plateau on the south side, along Dubrovnik Avenue. For group visits, please contact Daniela Bilopavlović Bedenik at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 091 244 3842.

Members of the MSU local expert group: external collaborators Andrej Hatar, Kristina Krsnik, Valentina Nemet, Vinko Zrinščak and MSU curators Daniela Bilopavlović Bedenik, Renata Filčić and Ana Škegro

Production of replicas, tactile models and drawings: Croatian Association of the Blind, MSU Conservation and Restauration Department, Hrvoje Spudić, Alan Vlahov

Audio guide: MSU, Centar za audiodeskripciju Technical support: Dalibor Cicvara, Davor Filipčić, Sanela Tepić, Ivan Tudek, Filip Zima Expert council for adaptation of works by Ivan Kožarić: Radmila Iva Janković

Tactile exploration of a work at the Touch MSU exhibition
Tactile exploration of an artwork

Fashion Show: Clothing, Art and Activism

28 july 2022 – 6 november 2022 

Cork, The Glucksman


An Exhibition curated by Chris Clarke and Fiona Kearney as part of the Creative Europe BEAM UP project

Anna Sophie Berger A Failed Play Installation View 2019 courtesy of the artist Layr Vienna and JTTNew York

Fashion Show is an exhibition of Irish and international artists that looks at clothing as subject matter, material, and advocacy. From explorations of the ways in which fashion lends itself to self-representation to investigations into the economic and ecological effects of 'fast fashion,' the exhibition reveals how clothing becomes a means of activism and protest.

Presenting works such as Lucy and Jorge Orta's wearable objects that enable communication and interaction between strangers, Sibyl Montague's textile blankets made from recycled clothing, Wang Bing's durational film set in a Chinese garment factory, and Gluklya's installation of T-shirts protesting the election of Vladimir Putin, Fashion Show demonstrates how our choice of clothing serves to express more than our sense of style. The exhibition also features Malick Sidibé's iconic photographic portraits of Malian youth culture.

This exhibition is part of BEAM UP, a Creative Europe funded project to encourage the participation of people who are visually impaired in the planning and experience of museum activities. The displays will include a range of tactile elements, navigation and audio resources.

Fashion Show is supported by The Arts Council Ireland, Creative Europe, University College Cork and private philanthropy through Cork University Foundation.

Lucy Jorge Orta Anticipation Accessory 2010
Tenant of Culture Untitled 2018 recycled suit jacket dried flowers and leaves plastic thread

La luce del nero

15 April 2022 – 13 November 2022 

Città di Castello, Ex Seccatoi del Tabacco

Un'opera di Alberto Burri
Un'opera di Enrico Castellani
Un'opera di Bizhan Bassiri
Un'opera di Claudio Parmiggiani

“La Luce del Nero” is the title of the upcoming exhibition hosted in one of the two museums of Fondazione Burri, the Ex Seccatoi del Tabacco in Città di Castello, Italy

Here, the color Black shifts from the concept of dark and absence to becoming an actual color. This event has been designed to be inclusive for a public with visual impairment, besides offering an immediate and highly stimulating sensorial experience to all visitors.

Bruno Corà, curator of this exhibition and President of Fondazione Burri, highlights how Black “between the Middle Ages and the XVII century was no longer considered a color. Artists restored its chromatic value and among them, in particular Kazimir Malevič, author of the well-known “Black Square on white background” (1915), a print of which is present in our exhibition”.

Among the artists of the second half of the XX century, Burri is the one who most used the color Black, to the extent of painting the Ex Seccatoi del Tabacco completely black. These industrial buildings became the museum hosting its major pictorial cycles.

Together with Burri, other artists included in this exhibition created artworks using black, such as Agnetti, Bassiri, Bendini, Castellani, Fontana, Hartung, Isgrò, Kounellis, Lo Savio, Morris, Nevelson, Nunzio, Parmiggiani, Schifano, Soulages and Tàpies. Each one of them with different modalities, intentions and meaning, all capable of arousing in the visitor different feelings, perceptions, sensations. Eventually, poets feelings as well are turned on Black and caecitas to explain the inner gaze of the psychic and poetic look in opposition to the actual vision.

The exhibition “La Luce del Nero” has been organized within the framework of the Creative Europe programme, through the “Beam Up” project (Blind Engagement In Accessible Museum Projects), which addresses the issue of accessibility of contemporary art for a public with visual impairment at an international and inclusive level.

This exhibition crowns the reopening of the venues of the Ex Seccatoi del Tabacco after 7 years of constructions, which fully upgraded these exhibition areas. As stated by Mr. Corà “in the world, there are very few artist’s museums such as the Burri museum in Città di Castello, which can pride itself on having a museum itinerary that starts from Palazzo Albizzini and ends to the Ex Seccatoi del Tabacco without fearing comparisons with any other museum”.

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