This inspired Dr. Peter Diziol to conceive a new type of art tour which makes paintings accessible to blind and visually impaired people.
Experiencing art with all the senses
Responding to the famous smile of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" or reveling in the colors of Emil Nolde's gardens - these are experiences usually denied to blind people. The first thing a child learns in a museum: you can look at the pictures but don't touch anything.
This inspired Dr. Peter Diziol to conceive a new type of art tour which makes paintings accessible to blind and visually impaired people. Since 2009, this former Roche employee has been organizing special tours around the collections of paintings in the Frieder Burda museum in Baden-Baden.
On this tour, blind and visually impaired people listen to a detailed verbal description of the paintings, touch the "haptic pictures" specially created by Diziol, and smell the scents specifically developed for the individual paintings by a perfumer. In doing so the paintings become "visible" in a special way. "It's astonishing how blind and visually impaired people experience sensory perceptions, make comparisons with experiences in their memory, enter into discussions with the other participants and thus get a precise mental image of the picture", Diziol explains. In this way, Nolde's picture "Der große Mohn" [Large Poppies] can be perceived with much greater clarity if you can hear the drone of the bumblebees flying around. People come with their companions from as far afield as Frankfurt and Ulm to take part in this guided tour which is unique in Germany.
For Diziol, this is already the eighth art tour for blind and visually impaired people at the Frieder Burda Museum—and it definitely won't be the last that the long-serving Roche employee conducts in the Baden-Baden museum.
Peter Diziol's watchwords are Natural Science, Medical Diagnostics, Art, Creativity, Innovation. He studied Chemistry and Biochemistry and graduated in Biochemistry at Karlsruhe University. In his professional life, he is employed as a Project Manager for Diagnostics, at the leading diagnostics company in Mannheim.
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