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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Aedes Architecture Forum: Dialogue Concert Series #3

Chamberworks is a set of 28 drawings 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 in the early 1980s. The drawings explore the relationship between music and architecture. Christopher Dell conceives these as “a strategic performative approach to work constructively, and non-arbitrarily with indeterminacy. In this sense Formblocks serve as a lens through which the Chamberworks are musically read as scores.” On the occasion of Aedes Architecture Forum’s 40th anniversary, the series Dialogue Concerts. Conceptual Research on Architecture and Music presents…

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Line and Wheel

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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Tikva – Jewish Museum Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal In design

Entitled Tikva, which means Hope in Hebrew, the Jewish Museum Lisbon will portray the history of the Jewish presence in the territory that is now Portugal, namely in Lisbon, and will share the contribution of the Jews by showing that the Jewish heritage is an indissoluble part of the country’s history. It intends to preserve and divulge Jewish memory and experience and to value cultural differences, thus promoting inter-religious integration. The Museum will be located in Belém of Lisbon, Portugal and is currently in design.

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La Linea del Fuoco

The packed collection of writings, drawings and machines, edited by Dario Gentili and published in Italy by Quodlibet, unveils Daniel Libeskind’s operational and theoretical universe, which can be pursued in many directions. (Domus)

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The Garden of Earthly Worries

Apeldoorn, Netherlands Completed

‘The Garden of Earthly Worries’ is a presentation of four abstract sculptures which explore the imbalance of humankind in nature. Each of the approximately three-meter-tall fragments of a globe, represent different chemical compounds that contribute to our changing climate. Conceived as a sculptural and conceptual counterpoint to the ordered beauty of the palace garden; the gardens of the 17th century represent a perceived paradise, man’s perfection of nature. But, due to technology and human intervention, our current planet is rapidly changing. It is the first time that contemporary art will be on show in the garden of Paleis Het Loo,…

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‘Elemental’ Collection

David Gill Gallery Completed

Part of a collaboration between David Gill, this collection of works is firmly anchored in Daniel Libeskind’s drawings, a creative process that he continually turns to. The resulting furniture draws from multiple disciplines found in his drawings: from rigid, calculated and mathematical relations to lines paired with sinuous, fluid forms that are transformed by figures whose scale and function are elemental. The designs are created from bronze, white marble, glass and metal in unexpected and surprising ways. An exhibition of the furniture pieces was shown at David Gill Gallery in London during September 2018.  For inquiries, visit David Gill Gallery….

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Chamberworks

Architectural Meditations on Themes from Heraclitus A set of 28 Drawings done by Daniel Libeskind while he was the head of the Architecture Department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

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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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Studio Weil

Mallorca, Spain Completed

Studio Weil is a painting and sculpture studio designed and built for the American painter and sculptor Barbara Weil overlooking the sea in Port d’Andratx in Mallorca, Spain. Daniel Libeskind worked closely with Ms. Weil to create a building that not only responds to the surrounding landscape, but also forms a space which complements and contrasts the artist’s work. The structure draws on Libeskind’s explorations of architectural drawing theory that were executed in the Chamberworks series, which, in turn, would form the basis for his entry in a 1997 competition to design a virtual house. Libeskind chose to deconstruct his virtual…

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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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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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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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Chamberworks

Drawings Completed

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.  The drawings explore the relationship between music and architecture in an architectonic and graphic point of view and have been influential in his later designs.

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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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