GeraaktBlind artists exhibit in the museum
On 17 November the new exhibition Geraakt (Touched) will open in the Van Abbemuseum. 28 blind artists and artists with impaired vision will exhibit their work, which was inspired by the museum’s collection. The exhibition is part of the Special Guests programme and was set up together with the Kubes Foundation.
The artists were asked to reflect on and respond to one or more objects in the museum in their own work. Visual impairment varies enormously from one artist to another, and consequently they each experience and make art in their own unique way.
The artists who are exhibiting their work in Geraakt provide a sound which responds to the visual aspect that is dominant in the creation and experience of art. There will be many works that can be felt and images which may be touched. According to George Kabel, one of the participating artists and ambassador for the Special Guests programme in the Van Abbemuseum, exploring art by touch adds a new dimension to the current presentation of art. Looking at art automatically creates a distance, while touching it brings the viewer really close to the work and to the artist. Kabel: “Experiencing art by seeing it or touching it opens up a completely new perspective for art objects made to be touched. Art made to be touched invites the viewer to concentrate on a different way of ‘seeing’ and a different vision of existence. It gives access to a different world of experiences, a different world of art, beauty and originality.”