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December 20 (Friday), 2002 - February 23 (Sunday), 2003 Gallery A, B, 5F Lobby


ICC's activities are concerned with imagining how to enrich the society of the future through dialogue between science and technology and the arts and culture. Architecture, an important theme with immediate social relevance, has been a concern of the Center since it opened. The Daniel Libeskind Exhibition represents the first major exhibit in four years to address developments at the cutting edge of architecture.

Daniel Libeskind was born in Poland in 1946, studied music in Israel, and later studied architecture at universities in the United States and United Kingdom. Beginning in the late 1970s, he published a number of innovative drawings and urban development plans informed by a richly critical perspective on the received wisdom concerning architecture and history. Following this he taught at universities in the United States and Europe, and came to be regarded as one of the representative figures of deconstructionist architecture, but because of the radical nature of his concepts, very few of his designs were actually built.

However, the Jewish Museum Berlin, completed in 1999 and opened to the public in the autumn of 2001, achieved renown as a fully realized work representing the fruition of his architectural concepts, and with the completion of the Imperial War Museum North in 2001 and other projects, recognition of his stature as a representative contemporary architect has been securely established. In same year he won the fifth Hiroshima Art Prize, given by the city of Hiroshima in recognition of contemporary artists who have also made significant contributions to world peace. This year he has been selected as one of the finalists in the planning for the reconstruction of the World Trade Center in New York.

The upcoming exhibition in Tokyo is a traveling version of Libeskind's special one-man show at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, which ran until October 2002, commemorating his receipt of the Hiroshima Art Prize. It will be an impressive installation, comprised of large-scale models and drawings of four of Libeskind's recent projects: Felix Nussbaum Haus, Jewish Museum Berlin, Imperial War Museum North, and the planning for the extension to the Denver Art Museum. The entire interior of the ICC building will reconfigured into an exhibition space affording a total experience of Mr. Libeskindå°ˆ architectural thought.