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"LINEAGE: The Architecture of Daniel Libeskind"
2000-10-18 until 2001-01-18
National Gallery of Victoria on Russell
Melbourne, VI, AU Australia

Brilliant, controversial, world leading - all words used to describe the achievements of one of the world's most influential architects, Daniel Libeskind. Creating uproar and amazement with his visionary designs, Libeskind is now in Melbourne. LINEAGE: The Architecture of Daniel Libeskind will be shown during the Melbourne Festival. Libeskind's genius will be displayed at two venues: the Jewish Museum of Australia (JMA) and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

We are thrilled to welcome Libeskind to Melbourne, and to showcase his genius, said NGV Director Dr Gerard Vaughan. Libeskind's immense cultural contribution can now be appreciated first hand by Victorians, said JMA Director Dr Helen Light.

The creator of brilliant, radical designs such as the new spiral extension to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Libeskind leads the cutting edge in contemporary design. Abandoning long cherished ideals of symmetry and geometric regularity, his fractured designs are especially renowned for the way in which they occupy space.

Libeskind has introduced a new critical discourse into architecture, and is also well known for his multidisciplinary approach. Born in postwar Poland, he has taught at many universities worldwide, and has won numerous prizes, international awards and design competitions.

Libeskind burst onto the world architectural stage to great acclaim, and his impact is now widespread. His work includes major Jewish and secular museums world wide, and he is celebrated as a designer of buildings which create and deliver cultural or social messages. The selection of building projects to be exhibited at the NGV will also provide a valuable context for the two major NGV projects underway: the redevelopment of St Kilda Rd, and the NGV: Australian Art at Federation Square.

The Exhibition will excite and confront visitors with its urban vision and focus on redevelopment of major world cultural institutions. Plans, drawings, and models of his major projects will be displayed across the exhibiting venues. Libeskind will be supported by leading Australian architects in a wide range of exciting programs for the public, presented by both the National Gallery of Victoria and the Jewish Museum of Australia.

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