“Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings” at Serpentine Sackler Gallery

This winter, the Serpentine presents an exhibition of paintings and the rarely seen drawings of the pioneering and visionary architect Zaha Hadid. The exhibition will take place in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, an extension completed in 2013 and one of Zaha Hadid Architects’ first permanent buildings in central London.

 

'Metropolis', 1988 © Zaha Hadid Architects

‘Metropolis’, 1988 © Zaha Hadid Architects

 

Zaha Hadid is widely regarded as a pioneering and visionary architect whose contribution to the world of architecture was ground-breaking and innovative. The Serpentine presentation, first conceived with Hadid herself, will reveal her as an artist with drawing at the very heart of her work and will include the architect’s calligraphic drawings and rarely seen private notebooks with sketches that reveal her complex thoughts about architectural forms and their relationships.


 

Practical information

“Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings”
December 8, 2016  February 12, 2017
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
West Carriage Drive, London W2 2AR
UK

 


The show will focus on Hadid’s early works before her first building was erected in 1993 (Vitra Fire Station in Germany) and present her paintings and drawings from the 1970s to the early 1990s. The exhibition will take place at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, renovated and extended by Zaha Hadid Architects in 2013. A select number of institutions and museums across the world will join in this timely homage to Zaha Hadid.

 

‘Vision for Madrid’, Spain, 1992 © Zaha Hadid Architects

‘Vision for Madrid’, Spain, 1992 © Zaha Hadid Architects

Wireframe Sculpture Perspective – 2010 ‘Victoria City Aerial' Berlin, Germany, 1988 © Zaha Hadid Architects

Wireframe Sculpture Perspective – 2010 ‘Victoria City Aerial’ Berlin, Germany, 1988 © Zaha Hadid Architects

 

Drawing and painting were fundamental to Hadid’s practice. Influenced by Malevich, Tatlin and Rodchenko, she used calligraphic drawings as the main method for visualising her architectural ideas. For Hadid, painting was a design tool, and abstraction an investigative structure for imagining architecture and its relationship to the world we live in. These works on paper and canvas unravel an architecture that Hadid was determined to realise in built structures and is seen in the characteristic lightness and weightlessness of her buildings. Conceived as Hadid’s manifesto of a utopian world, the show reveals her all-encompassing visions of arranging space and interpreting realities.

 

Hafenstrasse Development; Hafenstrasse Development, Hamburg, Germany, 1989 © Zaha Hadid Architects

Hafenstrasse Development; Hafenstrasse Development, Hamburg, Germany, 1989 © Zaha Hadid Architects

 

Many of Hadid’s paintings pre-empt the potential of digital and virtual reality. Technology and innovation has always been central to the work of Zaha Hadid Architects: As Patrik Schumacher, Director, Zaha Hadid Architects said “It was Zaha Hadid who went first and furthest in exploring this way of innovating in architecture – without, as well as with, the support of advanced software”.

 

Confetti ‘The Peak’, Hong Kong, China 1982/1983 © Zaha Hadid Architects

Confetti ‘The Peak’, Hong Kong, China 1982/1983 © Zaha Hadid Architects

 

The Serpentine has had a long relationship with Hadid, which begun in 1996 when she joined as a Trustee of the Serpentine Gallery. Her first structure in London was the inaugural Serpentine Pavilion in 2000. It was followed by a light installation, Lilas, in 2007. In 2013, she completed the extension for the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, one of Zaha Hadid Architects’s first permanent buildings in central London. She also participated in the Serpentine’s Interview Marathon in 2006 and 89Plus Marathon in 2013.

 

Sketch Selection from Sketchbook 2001 © Zaha Hadid Architects

Sketch Selection from Sketchbook 2001 © Zaha Hadid Architects

Concept Painting, Cardiff Bay Opera House, Wales, UK, 1994-1996© Zaha Hadid Architects

Concept Painting, Cardiff Bay Opera House, Wales, UK, 1994-1996© Zaha Hadid Architects

 

The exhibition will coincide with the opening of Zaha Hadid Architects much anticipated Mathematics: The Winton Gallery at the Science Museum, which will explore how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped to shape the modern world.


 

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