At the MSK, we've been organising guided tours for the blind and visually impaired for years. But we also want to offer an extra experience to individual blind or visually impaired visitors. That's why we developed 3D tactile plates (made of polyurethane resin) which are permanently set up next to several paintings in the permanent collection.

At the moment, three of them are installed in the museum galleries, and the MSK has the ambition to invest in similar tactile plates in the future. You can find the images next to Gustave De Smet's 'The Good House', in the portrait gallery next to 'Portrait of a young woman' by Frans Pourbus and next to 'Harbour. Opus 2' by Victor Servranckx.

Tactile plate © Martin Corlazzoli
Tactile plate © Martin Corlazzoli

Some figures
About 2 out of 100 people in Belgium have a visual handicap. Of these, about 1 person in 1000 is blind. In other words, more than 200.000 people in Belgium are partially sighted and +/- 11.000 people are blind. Many people only become visually impaired when they reach a later age. About 85% of people with a visual handicap are older than 50 years. In our ageing society, seniors with visual impairments are therefore an increasingly large group.