International reference point in the aesthetic education for the blind and visually impaired, the Homer Museum, is today a unique space and "without barriers" where everyone can learn about art through touch.
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Established in 1993 by the municipality of Ancona with the contribution of Regione Marche, the inspiration of the Italian Blind Union, the Homer Museum was recognized by Parliament in 1999, State Museum with law number 452 of November 25, 1999, confirming a unique significance at national level.
In the summer of 2012 the Museum began the transfer into the halls of eighteenth-century Mole Vanvitelliana of Ancona, making available part of the permanent collection and activating the Centre of documentation and research, educational workshops, offices.
The construction of the new Museum Homer to Mole is a long process, still under way, which has as its objective the creation of an innovative exhibition and multi-sensorial, technologically advanced and articulated on 1500 square metres for a total of about 300 works.
Currently the exhibition occupies the rooms below the level of the courtyard with direct access from the perimeter of the yard Mole: 450 square meters destined in the future to accommodate the section of "Made in Italy" edited and produced by Tod's group, in line with the aims and modalities of the new Museum exhibition Homer.
The exhibition offers about 150 works from the permanent collection arranged according to a chronological order, as well as adopted in the previous venue.
The path includes the true copies, in plaster and resin, famous sculptures from Greek classicism to early twentieth century through the Etruscan art, Roman, Romanesque and Gothic, the Renaissance of Michelangelo, Bernini's Baroque, neoclassicism of Canova. A room is devoted to "sculpted Movement" from the Louvre, to celebrate the moving body through five actions: stress, dancing, running, flying, the fall.
The exhibition closes with the original works of contemporary art section that includes Italian and international artists of figurative and informal area: Valeriano Trubbiani, Jerome Ciulla, Edgardo Mannucci, Umberto Mastroianni, André Barelier, Sergio Zanni, Pierre Carron, Pietro Annigoni, Aron Demetz, Francesco Messina, Loreno Sguanci, Vittorio Morelli, Sanzio Blasi, Pahl, Floriano Bodini, Rosario Ruggiero, Happy T. Section lately heightened prestige thanks to recent acquisitions of famous sculptors like Consagra, Martini, Marini, De Chirico, tomato.
The collection, accessible and usable tactilely, offers an excursus on the plastic art and sculpture of all time. Placed along a functional location is both challenging for everyone who is interested to investigate the link between the art and the multi-sensory approach. There are escalators to explore tactilely sculptures in height, teaching aids for blind and visually impaired as the beaded boards and sheets on the works, available in Braille and large font.
The architectural models and archaeological remains are in stock or being restored, waiting to be ricollati in the preparation of the new Museum.
You can also see in the Hall of the Leopards Mole Vanvitelliana the recent gift of the Master Michelangelo Pistoletto Homer Museum — the great work The recycled Italy.
To promote an approach to actually sinestetico type of Museum experience, organizes numerous educational activities for schools, families and groups with animated visits and bGo ye, and accessible laboratories on the sensory education, contemporary art, diversity and archaeology. Also offers a free permanent art education for the blind and visually impaired and refresher courses and training for teachers and operators.
The Museum features a bookshop, a conference room and a rich documentation center, open to consultation and specialized in the fields of special pedagogy and Museum heritage accessibility for people with disabilities, with publications on the topic edit from the same Museum.
Understanding finally is its cultural promotion activities that is expressed through exhibitions, cultural festivals, conferences, consultations, projects, seminars and cultural exchanges and collaborations in and outside Italy.
Museum admission: free.
Visits and activities are with charge (3 euros per person) and by appointment.
All initiatives are free for disabled people and carers.