Museum for Art and Cultural History, Gottorf Castle

Changing perspectives

The special exhibition “Colour Rush” is dedicated to the Berlin painter Christopher Lehmpfuhl in the Museum of Art and Cultural History, Gottdorf Castle in Schleswig. 140 works of the painter are shown. Two of them are now also accessible to blind and visually impaired people.

Christoph Lehmpfuhl himself describes his art as “haptic”. His impressive oil paintings live from the distinctive structures of color that the artist applies to the canvas with his hands. From close up, the viewer marvels at a rush of color made up of different layers and textures; from a distance, the motifs become more visible.

But how does the phenomenon of perspective is explained to a person who cannot see? What does color feels like that wrinkles?

For the inclusive approach, a large-scale oil painting of a mountain panorama, titled “Glockner-Duett” and a small-scale oil painting titled “Gläserstillleben” were selected.

In a tactile painting of the mountain panorama, reliefs at different heights recreate the proportions of the original. The fingers glide over color hills and valleys of acrylic and feel different structures.

The still life of glasses and bottle was recreated in three different tactile variations. A replica of the painting’s scenery with the artist’s original glasses can be grasped. A perspective-distorted representation that makes the phenomenon of perspective vivid and a classical tactile painting allow the work to be received on different levels.

The tactile models are placed opposite to their original oil painting and are a special haptic experience not only for blind and visually challenged people, but also for all visitors.

“I am very pleased that this exhibition has also been made accessible to blind visitors and that they can also gain access to my painting in this way,” says the artist in an e-guide to the show. “It is something very special and new for me.”

Tactile painting Gläserstillleben

View into an exhibition room of the "Schleswig Holstein Landesmuseum Schloss Gottorf." On the walls the paintings of the artist Lehmpfuhl, in the room the tactile model. Out of focus two visitors of the exhibition.
View of the tactile model of the glass still life, in the background on the wall hang paintings by the artist. On the far right, a black spiral staircase leads upward.
Photo of the three tactile models of the painting "Glass Still Life" on a table. On the far left info text, then the three-dimensional model of the painting, next to it a perspective-distorted three-dimensional view and on the far right a two-dimensional image of the painting with tactile lines.
Close-up of the painting "Glass Still Life" on a white wall. Immediately in front of it the corresponding tactile model on a table in three parts.

Tactile painting Glockner-Duett

View from above into a corner of the exhibition hall. On the left wall the very large, two-part painting "Bergwelten". In front of it on a table the tactile model to the painting.
View into a long exhibition hall. On the right on the walls the paintings of the artist. At the very front the painting "Bergwelten", in front of which the corresponding tactile model can be seen on a table. At the table, out of focus, a person.
View from above of the entire table with tactile model for the painting "Bergwelten". On the right is an attention field and a QR code.
Here you can see a detail of the tactile touch object and on the walls behind it you can see the painting "Bergwelten".

Studiofotos

In this close-up you can see the tactile model "Gläserstilleben". In the field of view is the lateral holder for the long cane and forearm support.
Side view with glasses and bottle of the tactile touch model "Gläserstilleben" with view of the holder for long stick and forearm support.
Oblique plan view of the table with bottle and glasses of the tactile model "Gläserstilleben". On the far left is the three-dimensional model of the painting, next to it is a perspective-distorted three-dimensional view and on the far right is a two-dimensional image of the painting with the tactile lines.
You can see a side perspective view of the tactile object with glasses and bottle.
View from above on the tactile model "Gläserstilleben" with the focus on the two-dimensional image of the painting with tactile lines.
The two tactile models "Gläserstilleben" and "Bergwelten" can be seen in a side shot.
The composition of the tactile models "Gläserstilleben" and "Bergwelten" shown in different variations from above.

Inclusion in detail

Detail photo with tactile model "Gläserstilleben" which is explored by one person with both hands.
Detailed image of the structures of the tactile model "Bergwelten".
Close-up of different structures of the tactile model "Bergwelten".
The tactile perspective of the glass still life is felt by a visually challenged woman. In addition, a close-up shows the holder for the cane
Detail photo of the tactile model "Bergwelten" which is felt by a woman with both hands.
Detailed image of the step structure and the different structures of the tactile model "Bergwelten".

Project details

Project scope: Didactic concept for the implementation of the mediation goals for blind and visually challenged people, organization and implementation of focus group work, planning and implementation of the tactile displays including product design and 3D data creation, graphic design, production supervision and monitoring.
View into the studio of inkl.design. At a table, an employee assembles the tactile model "Gläserstilleben".
The photo shows a staff meeting in the middle of the tactile models "Gläserstilleben" and "Bergwelten".
Photo of the assembly of the tactile model "Bergwelten" in the premises of Studio inkl.Design.
Photo of the composition of the tactile model "Bergwelten" in the studio incl.Design.
Detail of a glass jar of the tactile model "Gläserstilleben" in the studio of inkl.Design.
Photo shows the tactile model "Bergwelten" in the studio of inkl.Design during the assembling.
In the picture you can see an employee building the tactile model "Gläserstilleben" in the studio of inkl.Design.
An employee of inkl.Design inspects the quality of the production of the tactile model "Bergwelten".
Two employees in the inkl.design studio are shown. They are busy with the quality control of the cane holder.
Close-up of the structure of the tactile model "Bergwelten".
An employee of inkl.Design inspects the quality of the production of the tactile model "Bergwelten".
Photo of the tactile model "Bergwelten". The tactile lines are tested by a young woman with both hands.
On the photo you can see an employee during the product photography of the tactile model "Gläserstilleben" in the studio inkl.Design.