Sir John Soane's Museum, London, UK
13 Sep 2014

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 series of seven Min sculptures exhibited at Sir John Soane’s Museum investigate the origin of the sacred.

Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London. Photography by Antonino Cardillo, 2014.

12 Lincoln's Inn Fields Breakfast Room, Sir John Soane's Museum, London.

Antonino Cardillo, MIN, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 2014.

Antonino Cardillo, MIN, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 2014.

“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

Antonino Cardillo, MIN, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 2014.

Time: 13 Sep - 11 Oct 2014
Place: Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, UK
Materials: limestone, onyx, and marbles

Architect: Antonino Cardillo
Client: Sir John Soane’s Museum
Producer: Marmi Ghirardi, Italy
Text: Antonino Cardillo
English translators: Antonino Cardillo, Paolo Bedetti
Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Thanks to Siobhan Henderson.

Design Exchange, vol.1, no.12, London, Aug 2015.

ANTONINO CARDILLO, Trapani, Jun 2019, English translation by Paula O’Brien.
Lettera Aperta, no.325, Cattedrale di Trapani, 25 Dec 2015.
Baunetzwoche, no.403, Berlin, BauNetz, 26 Mar 2015, German translation by K. Herresthal and L. Kadel.