"It’s only when they are drawing that architects have those Proustian moments – those instants in which they accidentally trip against the uneven stones of mind, triggering memories that magically unlock sorts of visions that underlie all great art” - Daniel Libeskind, Breaking Ground: Adventures in Life and Architecture.
“Never Say the Eye Is Rigid: Architectural Drawings of Daniel Libeskind” is the first exhibition of architectural drawings by the world-renowned architect at Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery in Rome (March 11th - April 30th).
52 original drawings are shown from eight diverse Libeskind projects in Germany, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom and the United States, including the architect’s signature work, the Jewish Museum Berlin (2001), and “Memory Foundations, Ground Zero” (2003), the master plan for the World Trade Center site. After Rome, the exhibition will travel to the Tedeschi Gallery’s locations in Milan (May), Turin (September) and Tel Aviv (November) before ending in New York (location and dates TBA).
The 52 drawings exhibit a wide range styles and techniques ranging from almost classical line drawings to expressive watercolors to free-flowing ink sketches. What links them is a connection between the philosophical ideas underlying a given project and that project’s individual aesthetic character – its particular color, mood, posture and tension.
From the huge scroll depicting the Ground Zero master plan to the intimate sketches for the Jewish Museum Berlin, the works offer the viewer a rare glimpse of the architect’s approach to some of his most famous projects.
Ermanno Tedeschi and Mapei to Sponsor Italian Leg of Tour of Daniel Libeskind’s Works
“It is with great pleasure that I announce the first exhibition in Rome of Daniel Libeskind’s architectural drawings," said Ermanno Tedeschi. "The vision offered by Daniel is profoundly important. This exhibition will grant the public the rare opportunity to admire the works of this incredible artist from a completely new perspective".
.The Italian leg of the tour – Rome (March-April), Milan (May) and Turin (September) – is made possible by a generous contribution from Mapei, a worldwide leader in building products and a prominent promoter of high-profile cultural projects. After Italy, the exhibition will travel to Tel Aviv (November) before coming to New York for its final showing (dates TBA).