One-way systems

  12 November '16 – 26 February '17


run by  Laboratorio d'arte

with  Federazione Nazionale delle Istituzioni Pro Ciechi Onlus


EXHIBITION of books and tactile works of art
Spazio Fontana - Palazzo delle Esposizioni




"it's only after laying your hands on something that you actually look at it"
Giuseppe Penone


Books and works of art designed to educate and to reawaken the senses. Books for imagining and for learning to "look" at reality with new eyes and new hands. Unique books and works of art, hand-made to offer original tools for mediation and inclusion and to eliminate all physical barriers. Books and works of art for all designed to facilitate encounters between people of different origins and with different capabilities.


The exhibition showcases a selection of national and international books and tactile works of art and, thanks to a special layout of textural and operational tables, it aims to actively involve different audiences in the haptic interpretation of works of art. The exhibition unfolds in four thematic sections, taking visitors by the hand and guiding them through the fascinating world of illustrated tactile publishing, starting with the works of those highly sophisticated masters who first conjugated the object and the book, touch and art, from Bruno Munari's Pre-books to Katsumi Komagata's elegant paper books, and right up to Sophie Curtil's research into abstraction and composition. These pioneers in the field who first mapped out the path are followed by young artists, most of them winners of the 2015 edition of "It's Up to You!", the illustrated tactile publishing competition, who have chosen a variety of different ways to interpret three materials – paper, fabric and yarn – which all play a crucial role in the manufacture of tactile books and of tools for exploring the senses: the senses, the leading players in the exhibition, are unique and individual, yet at the same time each one interacts with all of the others.

The exhibition, curated by the Palazzo delle Esposizioni's Art Workshop in conjunction with the Federazione Nazionale delle Istituzioni Pro Ciechi Onlus, is part of a special scheme entitled Points of View designed to foster accessibility to art and reading through the use of bibliographical acquisitions, sensory pathways, round tables and workshops, in an effort to build a participatory and shared culture made of projects that are not exclusive but inclusive, because diversity is synonymous with richness.


The works of art produced for this event will go on to form part of an intinerant exhibition entitled A walk with your fingers which has been criss-crossing Italy since 2010 to promote tactile books throughout the country.

The initiative is further enhanced by a rich schedule of special events, training courses and workshops for schools and families to promote the illustrated tactile book as a valuable tool of education accessible to all.




Spazio Fontana – Palazzo delle Esposizioni

Via Milano, 13 Rome

from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm (Monday: closed)

admission free




The tactile books on display in the cases may be consulted at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni's Art Bookshelf (ground floor, Forum area) from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Tuesday to Friday and from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm on Sunday.




Saturday 12 November

introductory meeting 4.30 pm (reservations are compulsory: from 7 November)

inauguration 6.00 pm

admission free
special guest: the artist Marcella Basso


Saturday 3 December • International Day of Persons with Disabilities

free workshop for all age groups 4.00 pm and 5.30 pm (reservations are compulsory: from 24 November)


Tuesday 21 February • National Braille Day

"Points of View" – Round table on accessibility to art and reading 10.00 am

admission free while places last




schools • kindergarten and primary schools

Tuesday to Friday @ 10.00 am and 11.30 am

activity € 80.00 per class group

reservations are compulsory:  tel. (+39) 848 08 24 08


families • children aged 3 to 6 with their parents

Sunday, except public holidays, from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm

activity € 8.00 per child

reservations are recommended; advance booking fee € 1.50:  tel. (+39) 06 39 96 75 00