Gallerie d'Italia, the Paolina Brugnatelli Foundation and EnChroma, makers of glasses for colourblind people, have announced a project to improve the experience of visitors who are colourblind. Since October, guests with this visual disorder have been able to borrow the special glasses during their visit to experience the exhibitions in bright, vivid colours for the first time. Gallerie d'Italia - Milan is the first Italian museum to offer the EnChroma glasses to the public and the first museum in the world to offer a specially designed path to guide colourblind visitors to "Discover Colour." "The Brugnatelli Foundation has always been committed to supporting the issue of inclusion for the visually impaired, since the very life of the founder, Prof. Paolina Brugnatelli, was characterized by a passion for the Arts and marked by visual impairments," said Sandor Breznay, president of the Foundation, "and we are happy to have promoted a project that can make a significant contribution to the museum experience and to the enjoyment of art in all its expressions for those who are currently partially excluded."
One in 12 men (8 percent) and one in 200 women (.5 percent) are affected by colour vision deficiency; colourblind people are estimated to be about 2.5 million in Italy and 350 million worldwide. While people with normal colour vision see over a million shades of colour, those with colour vision deficiency see only 10 percent of the hues and shades. As a result, colours may appear dull or even indistinguishable. "EnChroma's mission is to enable people with colour blindness to access more colourful experiences through our specially designed glasses," said Erik Ritchie, CEO of EnChroma. "We are excited to partner with the Paolina Brugnatelli Foundation to make the works on display in the Gallerie d'Italia in Milan accessible to those with colourblindness."
A special itinerary has been designed within the museum's permanent collections dedicated to the 19th and 20th centuries, which include paintings by Lucio Fontana, Bruno Munari, Ettore Spalletti, Emilio Vedova, and Umberto Boccioni. In addition, the proposal is part of a larger inclusion project for blind, visually impaired, and colourblind people launched by the Paolina Brugnatelli Foundation, called Arte 4.0.