Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

8 Dec 2016 to 12 Feb 2017

Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings

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

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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, revealed her as an artist with drawing at the very heart of her work and included the architect’s calligraphic drawings and rarely seen private notebooks with sketches that reveal her complex thoughts about architectural forms and their relationships. The show focused on Hadid’s early works before her first building was erected in 1993 (Vitra Fire Station in Germany) and presented her paintings and drawings from the 1970s to the early 1990s. The exhibition took 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 joined in this timely homage to Zaha Hadid.

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 revealed her all-encompassing visions of arranging space and interpreting realities. 

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”.

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.

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

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Exhibition Catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery

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Zaha Hadid install shot general 4

Zaha Hadid install shot general 4

Zaha Hadid Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (8 December 2016 – 12 February 2017) © Zaha Hadid Foundation Image © 2016 Hugo Glendinning
Zaha Hadid install shot The Peak

Zaha Hadid install shot The Peak

Zaha Hadid Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (8 December 2016 – 12 February 2017) © Zaha Hadid Foundation Image © 2016 Hugo Glendinning
Zaha Hadid install shot Grand Building

Zaha Hadid install shot Grand Building

Zaha Hadid Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (8 December 2016 – 12 February 2017) © Zaha Hadid Foundation Image © 2016 Hugo Glendinning
Zaha Hadid install shot general 1

Zaha Hadid install shot general 1

Zaha Hadid Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (8 December 2016 – 12 February 2017) © Zaha Hadid Foundation Image © 2016 Hugo Glendinning
Zaha Hadid install shot general 2

Zaha Hadid install shot general 2

Zaha Hadid Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (8 December 2016 – 12 February 2017) © Zaha Hadid Foundation Image © 2016 Luke Hayes
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Zaha Hadid install shot general 3

Zaha Hadid Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (8 December 2016 – 12 February 2017) © Zaha Hadid Foundation Image © 2016 Luke Hayes
Zaha Hadid install shot notebook 1

Zaha Hadid install shot notebook 1

Zaha Hadid Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (8 December 2016 – 12 February 2017) © Zaha Hadid Foundation Image © 2016 Luke Hayes
Zaha Hadid install shot notebook 2

Zaha Hadid install shot notebook 2

Zaha Hadid Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (8 December 2016 – 12 February 2017) © Zaha Hadid Foundation Image © 2016 Luke Hayes