Lyon Housemuseum by Corbett Lyon
Media release _ “The new Housemuseum Galleries will offer a new platform for works of international and local contemporary art, architecture and design, where new ways of presenting and experiencing art will be explored.
Corbett Lyon commented, ‘We are very excited by plans for the Galleries, with its potential to foster experimentation, ideas and conversations across disciplines – between artists, architects, designers and the public to contribute to our city’s cultural life. Although a small crucible, our museum's ambitions are great, and our intentions adventurous.’
The new Housemuseum's Galleries will open six days a week and will host an ambitious program of temporary exhibitions and events. The original award winning Housemuseumwill continue to open regularly to the general public, displaying a rotation of works from the vast Lyon Collection of Australian art to complement exhibitions in the new public museum.
Corbett Lyon added, ‘As we approach the opening of the new Galleries we are thinking widely in terms of ideas, exhibitions and events to add a rich dimension to the extraordinary cultural life we have here in Melbourne.’
The new Galleries include five exhibition spaces, as well as a reception and ticketing area, small retail area and cafe overlooking the sculpture courtyard. As a public museum, the building is owned and operated by a separate public entity, the Lyon Foundation, along with an independent Board of Directors.
The original Housemuseum first opened in 2009. A unique, hybrid combination of a private residence and museum, the building is the first purpose-designed museum of its type internationally. Highly experimental, its new architectural form re-imagines the relationship between art and architecture, challenging conventional ideas about public and private space, as well as testing new ways of displaying and viewing art.
Corbett Lyon commented, ‘From its inception, our intention has been to share with others the experience of art interwoven with the spaces and artefacts of a living, family home. With the new Housemuseum Galleries we will continue to explore and experiment with traditional concepts of art and architecture, pushing the ideas we began to explore in the original Housemuseum and inviting a wider conversation and engagement with a creative life.’
In 2010 the Housemuseum won Victoria's highest architectural design award for residential architecture and in 2010 was named by Larry's List as 'one of the world's 10 most exciting buildings of private museums.'