This project was an attempt to investigate the art museum as an specific building type as well as the issues involved in the design of spaces for contemporary art. As every architectonic object, art museums are deeply connected with the functions they must fulfil and must act on the user as a stimulus which requires a behaviour response.*
According to Michel Foucault museums are sites that have the curious property of being in relation with all other sites, but in such a way as to suspend, neutralize, or invert the set of relations that they happen to designate, mirror or reflect. The museum space is capable of juxtaposing in a single space several sites that are in themselves incompatible . Its space begins to function at full capacity when men arrive at a sort of absolute break with their traditional idea of time.
Designing a new museum requires a strong concept. An art museum should never be made as a neutral, weak thing. It should be made new and passionate. The museum space should create possibilities for the unpredictable. A space that is inspired, unconventional, unafraid of taking risks, humorous, provocative and spontaneous.
The new museum shouldn’t be there to train people how to answer but how to question. That what’s the new museum is for.
* Umberto Eco, taken from ’How an Exposition Exposes Itself’ quoted in Neil Leach, Rethinking Architecture, Routledge, London 1977, p.202.
Michel Foucault, Taken from ‘Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias’ quoted in Neil Leach, Rethinking Architecture, Routledge, London 1977, p.15.
Patrick Healy, Beauty And The Sublime, SUN Publishers, Amsterdam 2003