One Day in Life

Frankfurt, Germany Completed

The Alte Oper concert hall in collaboration with Daniel Libeskind created a 24-hour musical experience with more than 75 consecutive concert events featuring nearly 200 musicians on May 21-22, 2016, entitled “One Day in Life” in Frankfurt, Germany. The performers included prestigious artists and ensembles such as the pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the violinist Carolin Widmann, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (The Frankfurt Radio Symphony), the Ensemble Modern, as well as students from Frankfurt am Main University of Music and Performing Arts. Libeskind  hand-selected the music ranging from  works by Claudio Monteverdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert, to pieces by contemporary composers, as…

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Future Flowers

Milan, Italy In design

A composition dedicated to the joy of light, color and the magic of intersecting lines, based on Libeskind’s drawing study Chamberworks, which investigates the deeper meaning of geometry, form and color. The installation is structured on folded and cut aluminum panels and enriched by the density and color from the new palette specifically designed by Daniel Libeskind for Oikos. Future Flowers will be on view in the Pharmacy Cloister of the Statale University in Milan, Italy during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile as a featured presentation of the exhibition organized by Interni, Energy for Creativity.  

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Life Electric

Como, Italy Completed

In collaboration with the business association of Como (Amici di Como) Studio Libeskind created Life Electric, a dazzling 16.5 meter (54 feet) high stainless steel sculpture on the beloved Lake Como in Italy. The public monument, the first contemporary work ever to be installed in Como, is an homage to famed scientist Alexander Volta who hails from the city. “It is an amazing honor to be able to give this work a home in one of the most beautiful places in the world—and a place very close to my heart,” said Daniel Libeskind. “It is my hope this work will give…

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The Crown

Casalgrande Padana, Italy Completed

The Crown is a spectacular new landmark that follows from the famous Casalgrande Ceramic Cloud, the first work created by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma in Italy. Installed near the Casalgrande Padana production facility on two roundabouts situated on the Pedemontana route linking Casalgrande and Sassuolo, the two installations make up a monumental structure of notable architectural merit and symbolic value, creating a sort of “East Access Door” to the Emilian ceramics district. Libeskind has been involved in a fruitful collaboration with Casalgrande for some time now, which sees the two parties working together in a cycle of formal research and technological…

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Counting the Rice

Moroso Completed

In collaboration with performance artist Marina Abramovic, Daniel Libeskind created a limited edition table based on Abramovic’s exercise “Counting the Rice”. The table is an embodiment of the performance staged by the Marina Abramovic Institute that involves counting grains of rice for six hours or more—the type of physically demanding experiment for which the contemporary artist is known. “I wanted to create something austere, but also beautiful that speaks to Marina’s work in a very direct way,” said Daniel Libeskind.  “The design comes from the idea of a church pew or monastic cloister.” Produced in an edition of 30 by the…

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Outside Line

Uozu, Japan Completed

Outside Line, an installation situated in the Sports Park near the city of Uozu, Japan, was proposed as a place to contemplate the relationship between man and nature. The project was inspired by the search for a contemporary understanding of space and light, and its design was informed by a precisely determined web of conceptual, topographical relationships between objects and space, eye and mind. A red line orients itself upon an imaginary axis connecting the descending history of the Buried Forest Museum and the ascending horizon of the Tateyama mountain range.  This line creates special, ever-changing qualities of light and…

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Leonardo Icon

Milano, Italy Completed

Commissioned by the Ambrosiana in Milan, Italy and realized by Daniel Libeskind, the bold, sculptural design pays homage to the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, while enlivening the piazza with a dramatic contemporary work. The form is based on the geometric shape of the fractal— a fundamental idea in da Vinci’s work— linear, oblique shapes intertwine and stretch upward, to create a dance of form, movement, line and light. The iron structure sits on a round base embossed in bronze with Leonardo’s Codex Atlanticus f. 199 v Map of the City of Milan, with a plan of the Castello of…

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Where Architects Live

Salone del Mobile 2014 Completed

“Where Architects Live” is an original installation, inspired by leading contemporary architects’ own concepts of the domestic space, conceived as a cultural accompaniment to the Salone del Mobile. The exhibition has been specially devised for the Salone, providing an exclusive glimpse into “rooms” designed by eight of the world’s most respected architects: Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Studio Mumbai/Bijoy Jain. We use to see only the work architects do for other people and for other people’s lives. But where do architects live, or rather, what are their homes like and in what way? Exact reflections of their distinctive design styles…

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Sonnets in Babylon

Venice Biennale, Italy In design

Sonnets in Babylon, The Venice Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Italy, 2014 Some 100 never-before-exhibited drawings by Libeskind, created by hand from pen and sepia-toned washes of coffee, comprise the principal element of the pavilion. The series is screen-printed by Lasvit, the architectural glass-maker, using a ceramic process, on large-scale glass panels and arranged around the curved wall of the pavilion. Using state of the art technology, ribbons of aluminum panels fixed with discreet LED lights will create a luminous wall of light and transparency. The drawings themselves depict explosive uncouplings of ambiguous forms that alternately evoke favelas, futuristic cities, mechanical parts,…

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Berlin Dreams

Urban Stories, Palazzo Litta, Milano, Italy Completed

Berlin Dreams is a piece of glass architecture designed by Daniel Libeskind, sponsored by AGC Glass Europe in collaboration with Fiam Italia, based on 9 invisible lines traced through Potsdamer Platz, after it was No Man’s Land between East and West Berlin, yet before it was rebuilt. Constructed in Milan, Italy, each of the 9 “Muse Lines” represents a cluster of architectonic typologies representing Berlin’s civic history: from the tavern to the graveyard, concert hall, library, hospital, school, shelter, festival, moving monuments, sacred wilderness, etc. that works like a temporal map or spatial clock, demarcating a matrix of historical figures,…

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Sonnets in Babylon

Completed

Concealing art with art is like wearing out a sleeve of the angel’s robe in a Resurrection. Why Aristotle dismisses Parmenides and other Eleatics (on the issue of the One and the many on the grounds of form) is a conundrum for which many should have killed themselves before, not after. One senses here not love but a distaste for the angled beams which emerge from the center of four, probably square, flat volumes to release the celestial ray locked in matter. I’ve never heard of a prettier trick! So let me join you in establishing a city… One might…

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NAI Exhibition

Rotterdam, Netherlands Completed

“This project is composed of architectural models and drawings as well as their extension to the concrete space they open to the public. This particular exhibition represents the search for architecture and is a microcosm of ideas and thoughts. It is the intention of the exhibition design that the public co-participate in a scheme by following an imaginative and nonlinear path in order to experience “the other side” : “the substance” of hope and the proof of what remains invisible in space. The public is invited to reflect on a different relationship between drawings and thought, building and construction. The…

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Three Lessons in Architecture: The Machines

Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, USA Completed

The Space of Encounter, by Daniel Libeskind Three Lessons in Architecture: The Machines Installation, Venice Biennale, 1985 The proposal deals with the city and its architecture in the form of participatory engagement with three large machines. The public is involved with creating and interpreting architecture in its broad social, cultural, and historical perspective. The three machines propose a fundamental recollection and a retrieval of the historical destiny of architecture; a singular, if unexpected, homecoming. This mechanism constitutes a single project: Each segment forms a starting point for the understanding and functioning of the others. Together they form a cycle in…

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Anatomy of Architecture

Bologna, Italy Completed

The position of the head first led to a particular idea of space.  This idea of space was neutral, regardless of what was happening in it. Anatomy of Architecture is a reflection on how the position of the head has changed the perception of architecture. I have created a concrete head from the virtual head of Piero della Francesca’s work on perspective. Is the head still looking?  If yes – from where and at what?   Daniel Libeskind February 2013

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Geometric Fragment

Bologna Water Design, Italy Completed

Geometric Fragment, a sculpture designed by Daniel Libeskind and produced by Antrax for Water Design, inside the chapel of the ex-Bastardini Hospital in Bologna, gestures towards the Baroque by erecting a broken fragment of a sphere. The installation consists of two elements which dialogue in tension with each other: the spherical fragment, in contrast with the chapel’s interior, and the sheet of black oil from which it emerges, reflecting light and absorbing color, thereby highlighting its dynamic plasticity. The complex relationship between the context and the installation offers a reflection on the transformation of architecture through history; from the Baroque to…

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Garden of Love and Fire

Almere, Netherlands Completed

This quiet meditation garden is located in the ‘town without a history’ of Almere, The Netherlands. The garden consists of an observation platform, three narrow water canals, and a fourth dry channel on which a rectilinear volume is resting.  These lines direct themselves toward three particular locations: Salamanca, Paris, and Almere. They signify a world location in which love (Juan de la Cruz) and fire (Paul Celan) intersect in Almere’s future. The inscribed ciphers refer to the encounter between Juan de la Cruz and Paul Celan in the newly reclaimed land. They become readable at precisely those times when the…

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Collezionare il Novecento. Claudia Gian Ferrari collezionista, gallerista e storica dell’arte

Museo del 900, Milan, Italy Completed

The Museo del 900, Milan’s Museum of 20th century art, has opened an exhibition of the collection of the famed Milanese collector Claudia Gian Ferrari. Daniel Libeskind, who met Claudia Gian Ferrari in the 1980s through their mutual friend Aldo Rossi, was asked to design the exhibition, which was curated by Danka Giacon.The exhibition will be open from 9 November, 2012 to 3 March, 2013.

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Line and Wheel

Toto Gallery Ma, Tokyo, Japan In design

In this exhibition, Major Silence, a twenty-meter track extends from the entry, past the glass wall and into the rear of the garden, upon which a disc two meters in diameter shuttles slowly to one end of the track and back again.  The device is entitled, “Line and Wheel”.  Beside the track at the center of the exhibition space is another object, resembling a giant automatic weighing scale.  Six discs of different sizes have been inserted into the slightly slanted top of its aluminum-clad cylinder, enabling the aluminum model to revolve.  These two objects, moving nowhere noiselessly, seem somehow to cry out…

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Beyond the Wall – Interni Installation

Milan, Italy Completed

Daniel Libeskind presents an installation called Beyond the Wall as part of the Interni Hybrid/Metissage Architecture & Design Exhibition being held at the Cortile d’Onore Seicentesco of the Università Statale April 9-14 in Milan, Italy.  Made from Silestone® quartz treated with Consentino’s innovative matte “suede” finish, this spectacular polycentric spiral opens in multiple directions along many different trajectories, propulsively twisting to a dramatic zenith. The exhibition’s other contributors include Sefer Caglar, Michele Cazzani, Mario Cucinella, Michele de Lucchi, Akihisa Hirata, Steven Holl, Simone Micheli, Chritophe Pillet, Luca Scacchetti, Dean Skira and Sergei Tchoban and Sergey Kuznetsov with Marco Bravura.

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The Wheel of Conscience

Halifax, Canada Completed

The Wheel of Conscience is a kinetic installation on display in Halifax at the Canadian Museum of Immigration on Pier 21, the gateway to Canada for a million immigrants and now a National Historic Site.  The work was inspired by the story of the M.S. St. Louis, a ship carrying Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, which the Canadian government turned away in 1939. The work is a heavy steel wheel placed vertically and housing four interlocking steel gears powered by an electric motor.  The words “hatred, racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism” are applied in relief to the face of the gears. The…

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Chamber Works

Drawings Completed

Now famous, this set of 28 drawings was created by Daniel Libeskind during the years in which he served as the head of the Architecture Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

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Pinnacle

Bologna Water Design, Italy Completed

The installation Pinnacle, grew out of Libeskind’s desire to celebrate the history and tradition of ceramic manufacturing in Italy’s Emilia Romagna region. The 8m-high sculpture, which sits in the 17th-century Courtyard of the Priory in the former Children’s Hospital of Bologna, the region’s capital, consists of two imposing facades made of metalized-porcelain ceramic panels. The facades converge to form a pinnacle that serves as a gate to the former hospital complex. The sculpture is a collaboration with the well-known Italian floor and cladding tile manufacturer Casalgrande Padana, while the joint project began at the CityLife construction site, where the Emilia-based…

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Theatrum Mundi

Drawings Completed

Theatrum Mundi is a series of 12 abstract color plates that give visual form to a premonition of the future as a city besieged by an unknown infection.

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The Wedge

do ut do 2014 Design for Hospice Completed

The Wedge by Daniel Libeskind, a sculpture designed for the do ut do Hospice exhibition, is a representation of the metaphysics of space. It poses the question: is space tangible if infinite, or a finite dream? Through the disjuncture between positive and negative spaces, The Wedge is an homage to the tradition of Italian sculpture which challenges the weight and solidity of marble with the malleability of pure Form. The cube out of which the wedge is cut could be seen as the Euclidean, whereas the wedge itself is the Modern. As Frank Lloyd Wright said, the wedge is the strongest form…

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