Believing in the future, never forgetting the past: one of Daniel Libeskind’s maxims which in itself sounds almost utopian in its optimism, and corresponds with the visionary aspirations developed more than a hundred years ago by Adolphe Appia and Alexander von Salzmann in Hellerau. The architect Libeskind’s expressive works open up new prospects for interpreting the architectural space and enabling it to be an expression of contemporary society; they create the spaces needed to revive utopian thoughts. During his opening speech, Libeskind will address subjects such as taking the past as a source of thoughts about the future, or reconstructing the past as the future.
Born in Lód’z, Poland, in 1946, Daniel Libeskind is renowned for his ability to evoke cultural memory in buildings. Informed by a deep commitment to music, philosophy, literature, and poetry, Mr. Libeskind aims to create architecture that is resonant, unique and sustainable.
In 1989, Mr. Libeskind won the international competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin. A series of influential museum commissions followed, including the Felix Nussbaum Haus, Osnabrück, Denver Art Museum; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; and the Military History Museum, Dresden.
In 2003, Studio Libeskind won another historic competition – to create a master plan for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.
Mr. Libeskind lives in New York.