Antonino Cardillo

MIN at the Sir John Soane's Museum



Since the Etruscan tombs, even before appearing as a structural element in the history of architecture, the Arch derived its figure from the Phallus. Inspired by the Egyptian god of fertility, the seven MIN sculptures at the Soane investigate the origin of the sacred.


The façade of the Sir John's Soane Museum of London. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.


The Sir John Soane's Museum's 12 Breakfast Room.


The seven MIN sculptures (London 2014) designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo exhibited at the Sir John's Soane Museum. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

“Dionysian Mysteries were a ritual of ancient Greece and Rome. These rites were often associated with women. They involved liberation from civilization’s rules and constraints. They celebrated a return to the source of being. They also involved escape from the socialized personality and ego into an ecstatic, deified state or the primal herd. Such activity has been interpreted as fertilizing, invigorating, cathartic, liberating and transformative. Many devotees of Dionysus were those on the margins of society: women, slaves, outlaws and foreigners. All were equal in a cult that inverted their roles. Festivals were orgies of wine and sex: Over all reigned the Phallus.” — Wikipedia


One of seven MIN sculptures (London 2014) designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo exhibited at the Sir John's Soane Museum. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.


Time: September 13th - October 11th, 2014
Venue: Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP, United Kingdom



ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Architect: Antonino Cardillo
Client: Sir John Soane’s Museum
Producer: Marmi Ghirardi, Italy

Thanks to Siobhan Henderson.



BIBLIOGRAPHY

«Design Exchange», no.12, vol.1, 2015, London, pp.108-109.
baunetz.de/baunetzwoche, no.403, 26.3.15, Berlin, p.25.



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