Dreams of Freedom. Romanticism in Germany and Russia

Studio Libeskind was engaged by the organizers to create an exhibition design for the exhibition “Dreams of Freedom. Romanticism in Germany and Russia” that will be at the Tretyakoy Gallery in Moscow and the … in Dresden, Germany, respectively. The design by Architect Daniel Libeskind is a response to the masterpieces of works by the greatest artists of the first quarter of the 19th century: Caspar David Friedrich, Philipp Otto Runge, Johann Overbeck, Alexander Ivanov, Alexei Venetsianov, Orest Kiprensky, Karl Bryullov and others.  A key idea was to create a space that will give a visceral sense of the Romantic…

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Where Architects Live – Salone del Mobile 2014

“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. The concept underlying the event rests in the conviction that, of all design disciplines, domestic architecture is the most predisposed to evolution and the most suited to experimentation, given its capacity to conjugate architecture and design. We used to see only the work architects do for…

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Espacio CDMX, Mexico City

During Design Week Mexico in 2018, an exhibition of international architects was displayed at the Espacio CDMX in Mexico City from March to July 2018. The space is the recently renovated Espacio CDMX, a gallery in the middle of the Chapultepec Park, Mexico City’s most significant park.  Abandoned for over fifteen years, the building has recently been restored and transformed into a gallery and information center for the World Design Capital designation.

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Impossible Architecture, traveling exhibition, Japan

The history of architecture includes countless plans and ideas that were never completed. Some were unrealistic or impractical, some limited by social issues of the time, others abandoned to focus on renovating existing buildings. Unfinished buildings, however, still encapsulate the artists’ and architects’ dreams and ideas. This exhibition looks at what became “impossible,” focusing on unfinished architecture in Japan and overseas from the 20th century and beyond. Blueprints and scale models by 40 architects and artists are on show, including Makoto Aida, Tadao Ando, ​​Archigram, ARAKAWA + Madeline GINS, Yakov Chernikhov, Yona Friedman, Sou Fujimoto, Mark Foster Gage, Pierre Jean Giloux,…

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Thinking Machines. Ramon Llull and the ars combinatoria. EPFL Artlab Lausanne

EPFL ArtLab’s Thinking Machines. Ramon Llull and the ars combinatoria, is a bold exhibition that draws together scholarly, scientific and artistic modes of enquiry. Through it, we reread the late Middle Ages in the works of Ramon Llull, the outstanding Catalan philosopher and theologian, to explore the ramifications of his thinking in the realms of modern and contemporary art, and computation. The reverberations of Llullian thought on technology, art and culture find their present-day corollary in a pedagogical revolution which has ‘computational thinking’ at its core. This four-month exhibition proposes fresh perspectives on contemporary technologies and their development through the ages under the influence…

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Once more, with feeling. A social perspective on 40 years of Land Art in Flevoland

A social perspective on 40 years of Land Art in Flevoland 5 September 2017 through 7 January 2018 In the Dutch Flevoland polders, over the past forty years, seven major landscape artworks have been realized by internationally renowned artists. Seven new artists have been inspired by this Flevoland Land Art and have created new works of art, which were realized on-site. In Once more, with feeling, presented at KAF Expo in Almere, the seven landscape artworks and performances came together in an exhibition that celebrated forty years of Land Art in Flevoland. The exhibition was both a tribute as well…

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New Museums: Intentions, Expectations, Challenges

“The past decade was characterised by a real museum boom which persists today. Throughout the world museums have been built that are as unique as the art they contain, and the process continues.” A selection of museum projects, both built and un-built were on display at the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève, Switzerland, from May 11, 2017 – October 8, 2017

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Archive and Artifact: the Cooper Union, New York City

To celebrate the digital archive’s progress, the school decided to showcase some of the physical originals of the school’s alumni alongside the in-progress digital archive (visitors can preview the archive using computers in the exhibition space). October 23 to December 1, 2018

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Childhood ReCollections: Memory in Design featuring Daniel Libeskind | Roca London Gallery

On November 6, 2015, Daniel Libeskind discussed memory, creativity and legacy with architectural historian Gillian Darley at the Roca London Gallery. The talk coincided with both the Death and Memory: Soane and the Architecture of Legacy at the Sir John Soane’s Museum and Childhood ReCollections: Memory in Design exhibition at the Roca London Gallery – where Libeskind’s formative memories were being presented. “From early childhood, Libeskind was aware of the void left by the Holocaust, and this childhood experience of death and personal loss found expression in his Jewish Museum in Berlin,” said Roca curator Clare Farrow. “Libeskind sees memory, not in terms…

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Aarhus School of Architecture 50th Anniversary Exhibition

On October 4th, 2015, the Aarhus School of Architecture celebrated its 50th anniversary. For the Anniversary Exhibition, the school invited important architects from Denmark and abroad to contribute short films, which are displayed in 50 specially made cubes in the school’s exhibition building. Each of the architects who contributed films played crucial roles in the school’s development from an alternative school of architecture to an internationally recognized academic institution, and their cinematic contributions constitute anniversary greetings to the school. The curation of this this exhibition had much more to do with selecting the contributors, not the films that they submitted. 68 architects and firms from all over the world…

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Light and the Space of the Void – Sandra Gering Inc, New York City

Light and the Space of the Void SANDRA GERING INC July 9 – September 12, 2015 SANDRA GERING INC. is pleased to present Light and the Space of the Void , an exhibition curated by architect and author Alexander Gorlin. The exhibition takes as its inspiration Gorlin’s 2013 publication Kabbalah in Art and Architecture, an engrossing look at the author’s perspectives on how aspects of Kabbalah can be seen, either directly or indirectly, in many modern and contemporary works. Specifically, the exhibition’s focus is on the aspects of ‘light’ and its relationship to ‘void’ in various forms. Although many artists throughout history have…

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Fiftieth Anniversary of Le Corbusier’s Passing – Homage to Le Corbusier

Fiftieth anniversary of Le Corbusier’s passing Homage to Le Corbusier 05/06/2015 – 27/09/2015 On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Le Corbusier (1887-1965), ten architects among the most important of our time propose their vision of a project for the extension of the Villa “Le Lac”. Daniel Libeskind, Mario Botta, Zaha Hadid, Toyo Ito, SANAA, Rudy Ricciotti, Bernard Tschumi, Gigon/Guyer, Rafael Moneo et Alvaro Siza lent themselves to this stimulating competition for ideas and imagination. The exhibition displays their contributions as well as some superb drawings of the Villa “Le Lac” by Le Corbusier, and photographs…

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Through the Lens of Faith

Oświęcim, Poland Completed

Through the Lens of Faith is an outdoor installation designed in association with the Amud Aish Memorial Museum that is installed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oswiecim, Poland.  The temporary installation is composed of 21 color portraits taken by Caryl Englander of Jewish, Polish Catholic and Sinti survivors of the camp. The photographs were taken over a course of three years. Caryl Englander selected her subjects from survivor networks associated with the Amud Aish Memorial Museum in Brooklyn.  Englander captures her subjects intimately, in their homes, many look directly into the lens—often with their sleeve rolled up to reveal…

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Facing Gaia

Venice, Italy Completed

Facing Gaia is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Time Space Existence” at the Venice Architectural Biennale.  The tower is located in the Giardini della Marinaressa, a public park adjacent to the entrance of the Giardini of Biennale  Reminiscent of ancient forms while employing advanced materials, the project explores the continuum of time, space and existence through the relationship between the planet and humanity. Standing at 12-meters-tall at the edge of the Adriatic Sea, the gleaming white, monolithic tower is bisected by a floating amorphous void.  The undulating mirror-finished space in between represents the infinite and the finite, the possible…

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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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Sonnets in Babylon

Venice Biennale, Italy Completed

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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Daniel Libeskind: Beyond the Wall 26.36° – NAI

Beyond the Wall, Netherlands Architecture Institute, 1997 In Beyond the Wall 26.36° the Netherlands Architecture Institute gives a survey of Daniel Libeskind’s work. Special about this Libeskind exhibition is its approach; a survey of Daniel Libeskind’s work exhibited inside a labyrinth designed by the architect especially for the occasion in close collaboration with Cecil Balmond of Ove Arup engineer’s firm. Such nontraditional approach grants the visitor a thought-provoking three-dimensional experience of Libeskind’s architecture. “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…

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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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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 was open from 9 November, 2012 to 3 March, 2013.

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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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Beyond the Wall

Almeria, Spain Completed

Beyond The Wall, located at Cosentino’s world headquarters in Almeria, Spain, is a remarkable result of the ongoing collaboration between Libeskind Design and Cosentino Group. A temporary version of this sculpture was showcased in Milan’s Statale University during Milan’s Design Week 2013. Based on the infinite possibilities of the spiral, Beyond the Wall is a unique structure and is the first to be created using Dekton® by Cosentino. It is not a traditional spiral with a single center and axis, but a contemporary spiral which opens a plurality of directions along many different trajectories; a polycentric spiral, propulsively twisting to…

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