OPERA ON THE OPERA [Art on art]_each man is an artist
A digital engagement experience

Museum accessibility is today a much debated topic, which must take into account different aspects of the usability and heterogeneity of museum audiences, with their differences in needs and satisfaction.

Interventions in the direction of improvement imply a change of attitude, with the acquisition of a point of view that can meet diversity, aiming above all at transforming the role of the museum user from a passive receptor of knowledge to an active creator of knowledge, through initiatives that combine health and well-being with museum activities.

Starting from these premises, the project proposal of Lenz Foundation, addressed to everyone but aimed at bringing together people usually excluded from museum use (intellectually – psychically – motor disabled, sensory disabled, non Italian speakers, children, elderly) wants to introduce in the visit to the museum touch painting sessions (creation of one’s own work on the exhibited work through the interposition of a transparent screen that allows, through touch and in interactive mode, to draw creating a new digital artwork), with subsequent creation of a Digital Museum of Art Brut “Opera sull’Opera” and annual public exhibition.

The path aims to reconfigure the museum as a context of welcome and co-construction of new forms of knowledge, relationships and social practices, open and listening to the community.



Creativity is a characteristic of all human beings and not a prerogative of those who call themselves artists. Art is the only truly revolutionary force, which allows through creativity and freedom to make life a living work.


Transparent interactive screen – at a height that can be modified according to the user’s needs – positioned in front of a painting (pictorial work/sculpture/installation of any historical period) that can be moved within the same museum or through different museums – for touch painting – work on the work – on which people with different sensibilities can rework the pictorial image with the simple touch of any part of the body and produce new works for a contemporary Art Brut archive from which to create an annual exhibition.

A specially trained tutor – facilitator will follow the creative processes and archiving of the images.

The collection of images will be available on an ad hoc site that will compose a Digital Museum of Art Brut “Opera sull’Opera”, connected to the sites of all the museums in Emilia-Romagna participating in the project, and downloadable in pdf.

Annually, the Director of the museum participating in the project will take care of the selection of the re-works created by the users and will promote an exhibition that will gather a collection of the most interesting works.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to indicate their preferred re-work by means of a satisfaction card.

The most voted author will receive a mention.


The project proposes itself as a formative and creative added value within a museum structure that wants to be dynamic and open to artistic and social experimentation.

Many works preserved in museums have been created with an innovative impetus in the different fields of art, so the direct and active artistic practice can bring the works back to the present time and revive them through the gestural refractions of people with different psychic, intellectual, physical sensitivity, or from other linguistic and cultural contexts.

Realizing this project the museum’s heritage would become dynamic and interactive: the instantaneous, direct, without mediation, instinctive creative actions would enrich the works present in the exhibition path with new traces, creating a linguistic bridge between the historicized imaginative visions and the aesthetic gesture of subjects normally excluded from artistic practices.

A further innovative element of this project is the need to ‘make memory’, to preserve the traces left by visitors/artistic agents, establishing them as hybrid works in which the antagonism between artistic object and subject/user is suspended and brought back to unity. Moreover, the re-work will remain in the memory of the artist/user both in its original form and in the new reproduced form. Very often the fruition in museums and galleries happens too quickly, together with a multitude of other works and large numbers of visitors, with the re-work also the original work will remain in the memory of the viewer/artist in all its aesthetic and formal components.

Presence and appropriation: the work on the work is concave and convex, it tries to be contemplated but wants to be penetrated, it tries to be looked at from the outside but does not want to be excluded from the inside.

info > Elena Sorbi + 39 (0)521 270141 elena.sorbi@lenzfondazione.it


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