An exhibition where you can finally touch and feel the art

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 December, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 December, 2010, 12:00am

Ever been tempted to run your fingers over those divine Renaissance sculptures at the world's top museums? For once, you won't get cuffed or trigger a security alarm getting too close to artworks from Paris' Louvre Museum.

A coming exhibition, called 'Touching Art: Louvre's Sculptures in Movement', at the Hong Kong Museum of Art actually encourages you to touch, pinch and feel the art.

The exhibition, running from Friday to February 20, features 18 resin and plaster replicas of famous sculptures (originally marble or bronze) from the Louvre's collection, the most recent works being from the 19th century.

The replicas were made using 3-D laser readings and include Michelangelo's The Rebel Slave, circa 1515, and The Borghese Gladiator from the second century BC.

The invitation to the opening reception - featuring a pop-up nude Venus de Milo - pretty much says it all: it's here to touch as you like.

Too bad Michelangelo's standing nude David wasn't included in the collection. That would surely attract a long queue of women laying appreciative eyes on those abs. Oh, and the artistry, of course.

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