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A deep and lasting commitment

Since December 2010, Mikli Diffusion France and the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac have teamed up in order to enable visitors, and notably those with visual disabilities, to access the richness of the art and civilizations of Oceania, Asia, Africa and the Americas that belong to the museum by designing tactile interpretations using 3D-printing technology. Thanks to this manufacturing process, visitors, and especially those who are blind or partially sighted, can discover artefacts and artworks in the museum's collections interpreted with raised shapes, textures and shades of colours. Each tactile interpretation comes with a text in braille and large characters as well as an audio content precisely describing the tactile elements explored and placing the artwork/artefact in its social and cultural context.

The first audio-tactile setup supported by Mikli Diffusion France was inaugurated in 2010, during the first edition of Accessibility Week. Located in “The River”, at the very centre of the Main Collections Level, it enables visitors - whether they are visually impaired or not - to discover the tactile interpretations of pieces from the four continents by touch and hearing. In the pursuit of their common commitment, Mikli Diffusion France has since been the regular patron of major temporary exhibitions at the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac. Indeed, through its skill-based patronage, the company has provided its know-how for the design of audio-tactile setups within the exhibitions. Once the exhibitions over, these setups join those already on display, in rotation on five cabinets, freely accessible in “The River”. Visitors can thus have access to a growing number of artworks and artefacts from civilizations as rich as they are diverse.

Through its long-lasting action alongside the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Mikli Diffusion France illustrates its deep commitment to making art accessible to the blind and partially-sighted, but also, by extension, to all visitors interested in this original approach.

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