Why a “museum”?

“Isn’t that for dead people?”

Well, not exactly dead people...

Image of pinned butterfly museum exhibit
Cartoon of old woman looking at museum exhibit

 

Although it's true that museums can come over as dusty old mausoleums of sacred knowledge to box the brains of innocent children and others...

But...

  • They don't have to be...
  • He’s gonna be dead far longer than he’ll be alive
Image of the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada
Image of the Eli Broad Museum, Los Angeles, by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, from  the Architect's Newspaper (http://archpaper.com/news/articles.asp?id=5075)

 

 

Museums - the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada, on the left, and the Eli Broad Museum, Los Angeles, on the right, to name just 2 - can be some of the most creative buildings around

Image of the Helix hotel, by Leeser Architects
Image of the MORPHotel by Gianluca Santosuosso

 

 

With hotels taking things ever further (Read more about these two at www.leeser.com and Gianluca Santosuosso's site respectively. We'd love to have these guys do our roof design...)

But I digress...

Why a “museum”?

In fact, we looked at various names, but none of them really seemed to fit. We tried The Antonino Center (too vague), The Antonino Paintbox (too juvenile), The Antonino Factory (too Warholian, we're going for far more than 15 minutes), The Antonino Imaginarium (too florid), and others ranging from the cute to the desperate (MoMA, Museum of Modern Antonino, anybody?). So we've gone back to the original idea, the one that started it all off, the one that no-one else liked, but we do: The Antonino Museum.

A museum can either be modern, or it can be a museum, but it cannot be both.
Gertrude Stein

Oh bugger off Gertrude.

Apart from being perfectly illogical, it's also irrelevant. Firstly, modern (in the sense of recent) museums can be and very often are modern (in the sense of avant-garde), and secondly, we're not trying to be modern anyway. What matters for us - perhaps the single most important value - is beauty. I can admire mud huts as much as ultra-modern architecture, and Greek sculpture as much as Boccioni...

Photo of classical sculpture
Photo of Boccioni's Unique Forms of Continuity in Space

 

... but I find it hard to get enthusiastic about big-box superstores with disheveled ceiling tiles, no matter how modern...

For me, the term “museum” symbolizes the clear and unchanging vision we have of creating something that goes beyond our own short lives. Twisting the arm of Roddy St. James of Kensington’s famous quotation, we want it to be a museum “in the sense of ‘the ancient Greek muse, the goddess of inspiration’”, a place to sit and look, to contemplate, enjoy and fill yourself with beauty.

 

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