Born in Łódź, Poland, Daniel Libeskind (1946, naturalised US citizen since 1965) is widely acknowledged as a key figure in deconstructivist architecture.
He studied a number of disciplines (music, painting, mathematics) in Israel and in the USA, graduating from Cooper Union in New York with a degree in architecture in 1970.
His “constant, destructive criticism of the contemporary architectural vocabulary”, often laden with emphases and metaphors, earned him an eminent position among the intellectuals of the sixties.
The fame of his many designs brought Libeskind fame in Europe too. He taught at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills (1978-1985) and lived in many countries, including Italy, founding the experimental teaching laboratory Architecture intermundium in the late eighties.
Only later on did he begin his important career in design: his work was included in the exhibition Deconstructivist architecture at MoMA in New York (1988), after designing works such as the Folly Pavilion in Osaka and, above all, the colossal, transgressive City Edge project in Berlin (an inclined building measuring 450 metres and spanning two whole city blocks).
In 1989 he won the competition to design the Jewish Museum in Berlin: he opened a studio in the German capital, and the work, completed in 2001, soon became “an icon of contemporary architecture”.
Representation of history and the tragedies of war became a constant in his production: from the museum dedicated to Jewish painter Felix Nussbaum (1998, first completed work) to the Jewish Museums in Copenhagen and San Francisco
and the recent National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa.
His German studio has been very successful for more than a decade, receiving appointments from institutions and individuals all over the world: particularly well-known works include the Imperial War Museum in Manchester (2002); extensions on the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (2006) and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto (2007); Gran Canal Theatre in Dublin (2010).
Daniel Libeskind famous works and projects
- National Holocaust Monument, Ottawa (Canada), 2015
- Gran Canal Theatre, Dublin (Ireland), 2010
- Wheel of conscience monument, Halifax (Canada), 2011
- Expansion of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (Great Britain), 2006
- Expansion of Denver Art Museum (USA), 2005
- Jewish Museum, San Francisco (USA), 2005
- Jvc University, Guadalajara (Mexico), 2004
- Maurice Wohl Congress Centre, Tel Aviv (Israel), 2004
- Danish Jewish Museum, Copenhagen (Denmark), 2003
- Imperial War Museum, Manchester (Great Britain), 2002
- Jewish Museum, Berlin (Germany), 2001
- Felix Nussbaum Museum, Osnabruck (Germany), 1998
- Folly Pavilion, Osaka (Japan), 1990
- City Edge Project, Berlin (Germany), 1987
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