Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation

ArtisTree, Taikoo Place, 979 King's Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

17 Mar 2017 to 6 Apr 2017

Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation

The Serpentine Galleries and Zaha Hadid Design bring their critically acclaimed exhibition of early paintings and drawings by the late Zaha Hadid to Hong Kong.

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While Zaha Hadid (1950-2016) is rightly regarded as an architectural pioneer and visionary, this unique Serpentine presentation also reveals her as an artist with drawing at the very heart of her work. The work includes paintings, calligraphic drawings and rarely seen private notebooks with sketches that show her complex thoughts about architecture’s forms and relationships.

The exhibition focuses on Hadid’s early works before her first building (Vitra Fire Station, Germany) was erected in 1993. Ranging from the 1970s to the early 1990s, the paintings and drawings on show include Hadid’s first internationally acclaimed project, The Peak (1982-3), awarded first prize in a design competition for a leisure club in the Hong Kong hills – marking a critical moment in Hadid’s career.

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 that was later 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 space and reality.

Technology and innovation have always been central to the work of Zaha Hadid Architects and many of Hadid’s paintings prefigure the potential of these digital processes. Connecting directly with the individual paintings in this exhibition, four experimental virtual reality experiences have been specially developed offering a dynamic and immersive insight into Hadid’s architectural vision.

Building on this commitment to technology, a dedicated mobile tour will also be available ongoing digital engagement programme at the Serpentine Galleries. Available through visitors’ mobile phones, the mobile tour offers ArtisTree visitors an interactive gallery experience including stories, audio clips and additional drawings from the Hadid collection. In addition, a screening room in the exhibition featuring exclusive footage from the Zaha Hadid archive, will also be made available. 

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Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings

8 Dec 2016 to 12 Feb 2017

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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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, Blue Slabs

Zaha Hadid, Blue Slabs

The Peak, Blue Slabs 1982 – 83 © Zaha Hadid Foundation
Zaha Hadid, Leicester Square

Zaha Hadid, Leicester Square

Leicester Square, 1990 - Blue and Green Scrapers, 1990 © Zaha Hadid Foundation
Zaha Hadid, The World

Zaha Hadid, The World

The World (89 Degrees), 1983 © Zaha Hadid Foundation