Multisensory exhibition for blind and partially sighted persons by Modern Gallery
In the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) centre in Geneva, on September 28, 2018, Croatia for the first time organised a side-event, a multisensory exhibition for blind and partially sighted persons created by art historian Nataša Jovičić and the Modern Gallery in Zagreb. Taking part in the opening of the exhibition that was jointly organised by the Modern Gallery, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Croatia in Geneva and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs were director general of WIPO Francis Gurry, ambassador and permanent representative of Croatia at the UN Vesna Batistić Kos, director of the State Institute for Intellectual Property Ljiljana Kuterovac and the creator of the new method, Nataša Jovičić. During the opening, representatives of 191 member states of WIPO and the Croatian community in Geneva became acquainted with the didactic aid and methodology through which, using the example of the Edo Murtić painting Highway, 1952, blind and partially sighted persons are enabled to understand a work of visual art via tactile diagrams and an audio guide. In this way the self-confidence and sense of social inclusion of blind and visually challenged persons are augmented, and at the same time sighted visitors to museums in which such aids exist become more aware of the needs for the provision of greater accessibility to museums for blind and partially sighted people.
Since on October 1, 2018, the EU will deposit in WIPO an instrument of accession to the Marrakech agreement facilitating access to printed materials for blind and visually impaired persons, Croatia with this event made an additional contribution to EU efforts to empower vulnerable groups through this project of adapting works of Croatian modern art that its author launched in 2009 and that she has presented in Croatia, Europe and the USA.
The text has been taken from the official site of the Ministry of Foreign and European affairs, with permission from the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Croatia at the UN in the World Trade Organisation in Geneva. Photographs with permission for publication from the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Croatia at the UN and the WTO in Geneva. From the photographic archive of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Croatia at the UN and WTO in Geneva and Nataša Jovičić.