Kunsthalle ohne Schwellen is a series of one-day summer workshops for people with disabilities, and has been taking place in different spaces at Kunsthalle Basel for the last eight years. Over a period of one week, participants from different institutions in Basel an the surrounding area took part in workshops related to Raphaela Vogel’s exhibition Ultranackt. Following an entertaining tour of the exhibition that focused on the senses of hearing, seeing and feeling, the participants had lunch together in beautiful sunshine outside the Kunsthalle Basel workshop. This gave them the chance to get to know one another better and discuss their impressions of the exhibition. In the afternoon session, the participants gained hands-on experience in various workshops and had the chance to experiment with visual perception. Among others, they could build their own kaleidoscope or produce distorted and reflected images using the digital program Photo Booth. At the end of the day, the participants got a very different perspective on the exhibition by viewing it through their kaleidoscopes, before heading home with some great memories of their museum visit.
The program Kunsthalle ohne Schwellen addresses individual people with disabilities and accompanying persons as well as groups from institutions.
In 2010 this workshop series won the Museumstern, a distinction awarded by the City of Basel to institutions that are actively committed to meeting the particular needs of handicapped and elderly persons and to creating opportunities for them to take part in museum activities.