Denver Art Museum vs. The Contemporary Jewish Museum

December 9 2008, 9:05 AM

The world-famous architect behind the sharp outer angles and strange inner spaces of the Denver Art Museum, Daniel Libeskind, is the subject of a National Public Radio report, noting Denver's museum and another in San Francisco, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, evoke "two very different reactions from visitors and critics alike." Unfortunately Denver's museum, which Libeskind created as a "dialogue" between modern downtown culture and the jagged Rocky Mountains, gets bashed. NPR reopens old wounds, noting that local and national critics have come down hard on the museum since its completion two years ago, and pointing out newspaper criticism: The Chicago Tribune called the museum a "warning against irrational exuberance," and The New York Times said the galleries had "tortured geometries." Meanwhile, the museum in San Francisco is getting rave reviews. As for Libeskind, he says he's not in the biz for the critics, adding that "the buildings that are more criticized are the buildings we love the most." As for the Denver Art Museum, attendance has been up since the Libeskind wing was added.