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April 26, 2002

Architect and Director of Jewish Museum Berlin to Speak at Mount Holyoke May 3

The Jewish Museum Berlin

During the two years that the Jewish Museum Berlin stood empty, devoid of exhibits, more than 350,000 people flocked to its underground entry, wove through its winding galleries, and peered through the slivers of window that cut its zinc-clad exterior in horizontal, vertical, and zigzagging gashes. Some visitors called the building a disorienting "horror." Others named it one of the greatest architectural achievements in the past one hundred years and called for it to remain empty, a work of art unto itself. Whatever one thinks of its design and how it interacts with its exhibits, the Jewish Museum Berlin is an emotionally powerful landmark that shapes its surroundings, and this is exactly the effect that architect Daniel Libeskind hopes all his designs will achieve. "A building has a responsibility to transform the context," he says. "Not just taking from its surroundings, but also contributing. Enlivening, transforming." more>

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Read All about This Year's Faculty Award Winners more>

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