Премия Хидекеля
  • 12 октября 2019 года – церемония награждения лауреатов Международной премии имени Лазаря Хидекеля за инновационные и экологические подходы в архитектуре

Церемония награждения лауреатов Международной премии имени Лазаря Хидекеля, учреждённой в 2013 году, в Беларуси впервые состоялась в 2019 году.

 Премия была вручена в рамках Минского международного биеннале молодых архитекторов «Леонардо» и Республиканского конкурса дипломных проектов высших и средних учебных учреждений, который проходил во время фестиваля «Архитектурная осень – 2019». 

 В международное жюри входили судьи Минского международного биеннале молодых архитекторов «Леонардо» во главе с президентом Международного союза архитекторов Томасом Воньером (США), члены жюри со стороны Общества Лазаря Хидекеля –архитекторы Рик Белл (США) и Даниэль Либескинд (США), а также Мартина Биглиарди (Швейцария), которая приняла участие в церемонии награждения.  

 Возглавлял жюри сын Лазаря Хидекеля – архитектор, дизайнер Марк Хидекель (Нью-Йорк, США).

 В Беларусь Марк Хидекель прибыл вместе с супругой Региной Хидекель (доктор искусствоведения, эксперт по творчеству Лазаря Хидекеля и русскому авангарду) и сыном Романом Хидекелем (архитектор).

 В Витебске представители семьи Хидекелей общались с журналистами, белорусскими художниками и архитекторами. Марк Хидекель выступил с лекциями для студентов и специалистов.

 В феврале 2020 года Марку Хидекелю присуждено звание «Почётный член Белорусского союза архитекторов» за укрепление профессиональных отношений между Беларусью и США.

 Lazar Khidekel was one of the founders of the UNOVIS art group in Vitebsk that became the center of the world avant-garde. A student of Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich, he entered history as the world’s first suprematic architect-innovator. Lazar Khidekel is the author of the first architectural ecological manifesto of the XX century and the projects of the future cities and eco-towns that were way ahead of their time.

The granting of the International Lazar Khidekel Award for Innovative and Ecological Decisions in Architecture for the first time took place in Belarus in autumn 2019.

The award was granted within the frame of the «Leonardo» Minsk International Biennale of Young Architects and the Republican Contest of Diploma Projects. The international jury consisted of the «Leonardo» judges headed by the president of the International Union of Architects Thomas Vonier from the USA, as well as the jury members on behalf of the Lazar Khidekel Society, including the famous architects Rick Bell and Daniel Libeskind.

«In my view Lazar Khidekel is one of the greatest innovators in architecture in our times. His conception of space, function, and modernity is something which has inspired me ever since I discovered his drawings. In Khidekel’s work the word ‘innovation’ is not a footnote but is the central spirit of his buildings». Daniel Libeskind, architect (USA)

 During their visit to the homeland, the Khidekel family participated in press-conferences, visited Vitebsk, met with Belarusian artists and architects. Mark Khidekel gave lectures to students and professional architects.

The panel was chaired by the renowned architect and designer Mark Khidekel, the son of Lazar Khidekel, who came with his spouse Regina Khidekel — one of the leading experts in Russian avant-garde, and their son, also an architect, Roman Khidekel, all the way from New York to personally deliver the award to the winners. The ceremony was also attended by another member of the jury — Martina Bigliardi (Switzerland).

«I am very glad that the name of my father and teacher has come back home. One hundred years ago it was here where a group of local youth guided by their prominent tutors — Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich — was creating the new art that became the most radical branch of avant garde and has influenced the culture of the XX and the XXI century. Suprematism became the root of not only modern architecture, but also conceptual art, urban studies and ecological thinking, the pioneer of which was Lazar Khidekel. The strive to save nature and protect it from humans is also present in the work of contemporary architects — and this is the approach we wanted to appreciate when deciding to grant the awards». Mark Khidekel, son of Lazar Khidekel