Several times a year, Escher in The Palace opens its doors for those who are blind or visually impaired. During a series of special openings and before regular opening hours, they can take a tour of a number of masterpieces from the museum’s semi-permanent exhibition. During the tour, specially trained guides talk about the life and work of Maurits Cornelis Escher. Our blind and visually impaired visitors get to know the artworks in an interactive way and they form an image based on feeling, hearing and imagining. Specially designed relief reproductions and props are used during the tour as an aid to experience the artworks even more intensively.
The museum asked itself the question of how it could make the optical illusions of Escher perceptible to people who are blind or have a visual impairment. The solution was found in a special collaboration with students from the Technasium ISW Hoogeland. The pupils started a conversation in the palace with blind and visually impaired people. A number of solutions have emerged from this. Public Administration students from The Hague University of Applied Sciences then entered into discussions with the pupils and the target group and wrote grant applications for the best solutions.
With the grant award from the municipality of The Hague and Bartiméus, unique pieces have been produced that are used in these dedicated tours to not only make the works by M.C. Escher tangible, but also to make the story behind the artist and his techniques experienceable for people who are blind or visually impaired.
This project has since been continued. This second stage focuses on young people. How can Escher’s works be made accessible to this specific target group? The emphasis is on independent museum visits. Alone or together with a sighted person. The ISW presentations are behind us and a number of particularly successful pieces have been shown there. To this end, a grant application is written by Business Administration students from The Hague University. If the application is granted we hope to launch the newly developed products at the end of this year.