A HANUKKAH PROJECT: DANIEL LIBESKIND’S LINE OF FIRE

Daniel Libeskind, an international figure in architecture and urban design, is creating a stunning installation featuring a selection of 40 Hanukkah lamps from the Museum’s renowned collection. Libeskind’s installation embodies his signature style: bold geometric forms, complex sight lines, and dynamic and often destabilizing interior spaces.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Jewish Museum in New York, United States.
From Sunday 21 November 2010 to Sunday 30 January 2011

Hanukkah Lamp, Gorham Manufacturing Company, 1865-1961 image Hanukkah Lamp, David Heinz Gumbel, Heilbronn, Germany, early 1930s image Hanukkah Lamp, Richard Meier, New York, United States, 1985 image

Published by anonymous on Monday 25 October 2010.
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The central focus of the installation is the Line of Fire, a jagged structure in brilliant red that diagonally bisects the gallery and serves as a pedestal for the Hanukkah lamps. The Line of Fire, a recurring feature in Libeskind’s work, symbolizes the continuity of Jewish existence through sudden changes in circumstances, some of them catastrophic. In this installation, it also represents the flames of the lamps kindled on the holiday, and the spiritual and regenerative power of fire. The selection of Hanukkah lamps on view will exemplify the diversity of the Museum’s collection, from an 18th century work made from the helmet shield of a Hessian soldier who fought in the American Revolution to Karim Rashid’s 2004 Menoramorph, made from neon green silicon.