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Daniel Libeskind


Daniel Libeskind (b. 1946) is one of the outstanding architects of our age. With his remarkable design for the Jewish Museum, he created a new type of communicative architecture. This and his other international projects attest to his ability to convey, through architecture, complex interpretations of history, messages and visions of the future. The Jewish Museum Berlin is Libeskind's first completed building.

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Daniel Libeskind on the fate of his family after the German invasion of Poland in 1939. Original recording from the press conference for the exhibition "Counterpoint," 2003

German-Jewish history serves as the point of departure for its architectural conception. As a child of Holocaust survivors, Libeskind has a special relationship with this history.

The formal language of Libeskind’s design challenges our customary ways of looking and moving through spaces. Sharp corners and edges, empty spaces and slanting floors make walking through the museum a physical experience that provokes the visitor and invites discussion.

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Daniel Libeskind on his conceptual approach. Excerpt from "Erinnerung zum Leben" [Remembrance for Life] by Thomas Hausner and Jochen Kölsch, 200
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Before Daniel Libeskind won the competition for the new building of the Jewish Museum Berlin, he had made a name for himself primarily as an architectural theorist. Today many of his designs have been built, including museums, universities, and concert halls. As a multidisciplinary artist and trained musician, he also designs theater sets, installations and musical instruments. In 2003 Daniel Libeskind won the competition to rebuild the World Trade Center in New York.

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