Media Event with Architect Daniel Libeskind

Award-winning architect Daniel Libeskind, designer of the Jewish Museum in Berlin, will meet with reporters to discuss his work on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. in the Main Gallery of Yale University’s Art and Architecture Building, 180 York St.

Reporters wishing to meet with Libeskind, who is the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale this semester, should contact the Yale Office of Public Affairs.

The Jewish Museum in Berlin, considered one of the most important buildings of the 1990s, is featured in “The Work of Daniel Libeskind: Two Museums and a Garden,” an exhibition currently on display in the Main Gallery. The exhibit includes drawings, photographs and models of the Jewish Museum and the Felix Nussbaum Museum in Osnabrueck, Germany. Dominating the gallery is a full-scale model of part of the Jewish Museum’s E.T.A. Hoffman Garden, with 17 tilted columns arranged in an ominous grid. The exhibit will remain on view until Nov. 19.

“When I was invited by the Berlin Senate in 1988 to participate in this competition for the Jewish Museum,” Libeskind said, “I felt that this was not a program I had to invent or a building I had to research, rather one in which I was implicated from the beginning, having lost most of my family in the Holocaust and myself having been born only a few hundred kilometers east of Berlin in Lodz, Poland.”

Thousands of visitors have toured the still-empty Jewish Museum building, whose design reflects the history of the Jewish community of Germany. The museum will eventually display art, artifacts and historical documents.

Libeskind will give two public addresses at Yale: one to the Architecture School community at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8, in Hastings Hall, 180 York St.; and the second to a general audience on “The Ethics of Memorializing: the Jewish Museum in Berlin,” Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium of Yale Law School, 127 Wall St. Both talks are open to the media.

The Yale School of Architecture and the David and Goldie Blanksteen Lectureship in Jewish Ethics of Yale Hillel are joint sponsors of these events.

Born in Poland in 1946, Libeskind came to the United States in 1960. After studying music in Israel, he earned a degree in architecture from Cooper Union (1970) and an advanced degree in the history and theory of architecture from Essex University in England (1972). He headed the Department of Architecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, 1978-1985, and then founded and directed Architecture Intermundium, a private non-profit institute for architecture and urbanism in Milan, Italy.

Widely known and highly regarded for his theoretical approach to architecture, Libeskind began to design buildings only about 10 years ago. Since then he has been awarded numerous prizes, including the 1999 Deutsche Architekturpreis, the 1996 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Architecture, and First Prize of the Leone di Pietra at the Venice Biennale. His architectural practice is based in Berlin, but his projects extend around the globe.

Libeskind’s studio is currently working on designs for a Jewish Museum in San Francisco and a spiral extension to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; the Imperial War Museum in Manchester, England; and the Colleges of Public Administration, Teaching, and Art and Architecture in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Gila Reinstein: gila.reinstein@yale.edu, 203-432-1325