Art News: Rome Creates Art Exhibition for the Blind

The art world is full of fascinating exhibitions, intriguing discoveries, and moments that shape history. Here are some of the latest news items making headlines this week.

New Exhibition Designed for Blind People

An exhibition in Italy is giving the blind the ability to enjoy art through an unparalleled experience.

Rome Reports shares the story of how the Omero State Tactile Museum in Ancona, Italy is collaborating with the Museum of Rome to hold an exhibition where the blind can experience the works of painter Caravaggio through touch. Visitors can touch bas-relief versions of Caravaggio’s works, thereby giving the blind the chance to “see” the artwork.

The Omero State Tactile Museum uses copies of important sculptural works for tactile observation. Those with sight can have similar experiences by wearing a blindfold or closing their eyes in the museum.

Puerto Rico Museums Reopen After Maria

Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria (Public domain. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture)

The Art Newspaper reports that local museums in Puerto Rico are reopening and assisting with community relief efforts following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. For instance, the Museo de Art de Ponce is providing free admission until October 9 in the hope of providing some normalcy to residents.

Google Creates Contemporary Art Online Exhibition

(Image courtesy of Google)

According to Engadget, Google has created a contemporary digital art collection that explores the subject through videos, expert opinions, and high-resolution images. The exhibition can be viewed here.

David Bowie Exhibition at Brooklyn Museum

“We Can Be Hero’s Just For One Day-David Bowie” (2017), Leslie Lew

Art News reports that a traveling exhibition known as “David Bowie Is” will be held at the Brooklyn Museum from March 2, 2018 through July 15. The show first opened in 2013 in London and features as many as 300 objects, including costumes, videos, and handwritten song lyrics.

Recovered Rockwell Painting Up for Auction

“Boy Asleep with Hoe” (1919),
Norman Rockwell (Image courtesy of FBI.gov)

The Courtier-Post reports that a Norman Rockwell painting the FBI recovered after it was stolen from a Cherry Hill, New Jersey in 1976 will go up for auction next month. The painting, known as “Taking a Break” or “Boy Asleep with Hoe,” is expected to fetch around $1.5 million.

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