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Libeskind's work 'In need of Viagra', says Berlusconi

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Never one to tip-toe around controversy, the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has this time incensed international architect Daniel Libeskind, claiming his work is ‘in need of Viagra’.

The astonishing attack followed the unveiling of the Fiera Milano site that features a bent tower designed by Libeskind, which Berlusconi claimed created a ‘sense of impotence’.

According to The Art Newspaper, the comments have enraged Libeskind who has since blasted the Italian Premier, calling him a xenophobe involved in ‘repugnant’ politics.

In reference to Libeskind’s tower, Berlusconi is believed to have said to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that ‘Milan is full of people with crooked members…There will simply be one more in need of Viagra’.

However, it is understood Libeskind did not see the funny side of Berlusconi’s comments, causing him to compare the Italian’s dislike toward the tower with Fascism.

‘In Fascist Italy everything that was not “straight” was considered “perverse art”,’ said Libeskind. ‘My tower is inspired by the work of Leonardo da Vinci and great Italian culture.

‘[Berlusconi] does not have the time or intellect to study these. As an American and Jew brought up in Poland, I find Berlusconi abominable. His concept of nationalism, of closing borders and denying what’s different is repugnant. He hates foreigners.’

Libeskind’s words are believed to have led to Berlusconi threatening to pull planning permission for the building, which sits between buildings designed by Zaha Hadid and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.

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