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In This Museum: Please Touch The Artwork

A joint exhibition between two Swiss museums invites visitors to experience the sensory, and sometimes sensual world of touch - by squeezing, scratching, feeling and stroking the works of art.

Learning to touch: the iCub robot, featured in the exhibition (MUDAC)
Learning to touch: the iCub robot, featured in the exhibition (MUDAC)
Lucia Sillig

LAUSANNE – In this exhibition, no one yells at you if you touch the works of art. Quite the opposite!

Lausanne's Museum of the Hand and the Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts (MUDAC) joined forces to create a very particular exhibition. Visitors are invited to touch, squeeze, feel, and even stroke the exhibits – not to mention enjoy the strange pleasure of plunging both hands into a box of vibrating foam beads. It's the first time the two institutions have worked together on a project: "Touch. The world at your fingertips' is an exhibition spanning both museums that explores our sensory relationship with the world -- real and virtual alike. One of the goals of the exhibit is to help us grasp the importance of touch in today's technological world.

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