Thursday, April 8, 2010

On Libeskind's extension to the Denver Art Museum


At the Denver Art Museum, looking at the collections inside the new building designed by Daniel Libeskind. The exterior is very impressive, all exploding cubes, aggressive diagonal prows thrusting into space, shiny surfaces. Once you go inside, it gradually dawns on you what a bad design this is to show art in. None of the interior walls are rectangles, it seems. They're mainly polygons, very often all different within one room. This is no doubt intentional, but it seems to make it difficult to show any pieces with a consistent sightline.

Nevertheless, there is a lot of good art in the contemporary collection. A sculpture by Jim Dine called 'Wheat Fields' impressed me most. It struck me so much that I intend to write about it at greater length.

Tomorrow, I'm meeting an artist at her studio in the Santa Fe arts district of Denver. More later

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5 comments:

  1. I agree with you. Libeskind's design is horrendous. It overwhelms and diminishes the artwork. It's all about Libeskind and his insatiable ego. (Libeskind's other North American museum, the ROM in Toronto, was given the dubious distinction of being the "Worst Building of the Decade" by the Washington Post. It also made the "World's Top Ten Ugliest Buildings' on VirtualTourist.com) Nice to see someone call a spade a spade instead of hearing people heap praise on this over-rated clown.

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  2. Contrast that with the new modern wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano. It is stunning. If you can, visit for yourself.

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  3. If you can't visit, view additional info here:
    http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/exhibitions/modernwing/overview

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  4. TJ4321:
    The more I thought about the Libeskind Dam, the more I disliked it. The artist whose studio I visited in Denver told me that the building leaks, too. She also told me that when people from the board of the DAM raised questions about the suitability of Libeskind's design for showing art, L. replied: 'I couldn't give a fuck about the art.'

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  5. On a professional level I find Libeskind to be an over-rated hack with zero skill and less competence. I've seen him speak at lectures. Those experiences left me with the feeling that he is the most dishonest, disingenuous liar and cheat I've ever been in twenty feet of. I would not believe a word out of his mouth. He says one thing to please a gullible and juvenile audience. He immediately disregards it and designs whatever piece of shit his ego dictates. He is disgusting on so many levels that he is a disgrace to the human race.

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