Daniel Libeskind

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Daniel Libeskind is one of the most diverse and multifaceted figures in the world of contemporary creativity.

Although the general public knows him mostly for his Jewish Museum in Berlin and the (unfortunately unbuilt) design for the new World Trade Center in New York, Libeskind has actually created an impressive ensemble of different works, from architectures to objects of design, from art installations to abstract artworks.

The rich personality of Libeskind possibly originates from his personal history and diverse cultural background. Born in Lód’z, Poland, in 1945 from Jewish parents, he first moved to a kibbutz in Israel and then, in 1959, to New York City.
Before choosing architecture as his main profession and graduating at the Cooper Union, Libeskind was a violin virtuoso who also played together with a young Itzhak Perlman.

Either large or small, from museums to installations, Libeskind’s works are always based on a complex conceptual framework and a thorough investigation of the formal, cultural, and symbolic elements of design and architecture.
Libeskind is widely regarded as a reference figure especially for what concerns the relationship between architecture and history, including the design of historical museums, of course.

This is mostly due to the idea, partly derived from Jacques Derrida’s theory of deconstruction, that architecture is a form of language based on a dynamic relationship between contrasting elements/terms; a concept which particularly fits the design of venues aimed to depict / present the inherent complexity and disjointedness nature of, especially modern, history; Libeskind’s design for the Jewish Museum in Berlin is exemplary in this sense.
Another recurrent element in Libeskind’s designs is the importance of and the references to the written word. Texts and words are often printed onto his museums’ walls; in some cases, such as in the Danish Jewish Museum in Copenhagen, Hebrew letters even give shape to the architectural space.

Studio Libeskind, conducted by Daniel together with his wife Nina, is currently based in New York, Zürich, and Milan.


our articles about Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind – the CJM museum in San Francisco

Daniel Libeskind – the CJM museum in San Francisco

The architecture of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco designed by Daniel Libeskind is a dialogue between old and new and an ode "To Life"
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Daniel Libeskind | Jewish Museum – part 1

Daniel Libeskind | Jewish Museum – part 1

In April 1989, the winning project for the Jewish Museum in Berlin, a design by Daniel Libeskind, gave rise to a fundamental change of perspective
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Daniel Libeskind | Jewish Museum – Part 2

Daniel Libeskind | Jewish Museum – Part 2

The second part of Inexhibit Magazine's article on the Jewish Museum in Berlin by Daniel Libeskind. The Glass Courtyard and the Academy
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Daniel Libeskind | Sonnets in Babylon

Daniel Libeskind | Sonnets in Babylon

Sonnets in Babylon is an installation conceived by Daniel Libeskind and housed in the Padiglione Venezia at the Gardens of the Biennale
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Danish Jewish Museum

Danish Jewish Museum

The Danish Jewish Museum (Dansk Jødisk Museum) is a museum in Copenhagen, designed by Daniel Libeskind, dedicated to 400 years of Denmark's Jews history
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Felix Nussbaum Haus – Osnabrück

Felix Nussbaum Haus – Osnabrück

The Felix Nussbaum Haus is a museum in Germany, dedicated to the Jewish painter Felix Nussbaum (1904 -1944), housed in a building designed by Daniel Libeskind
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Imperial War Museum North – Manchester

Imperial War Museum North – Manchester

The IWM North in Manchester is a museum focused on the history of conflicts and their impact on people. Its iconic building was designed by Daniel Libeskind
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Milan | Future Flowers – installation by Libeskind

Milan | Future Flowers – installation by Libeskind

The lawn inside the “Farmacia” courtyard has been invaded by the red planes of the Future Flowers installation by Daniel Libeskind.
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Military History Museum Dresden

Military History Museum Dresden

The Military History Museum is a museum in Dresden, designed by Daniel Libeskind, which presents the consequences of war and the history of the German Army
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