Fluid, futuristic and seamless are just a few words to describe the late Zaha Hadid’s architectural wonders. The Iraqi-born, multi-disciplinary visionary and first female recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize was not only a celebrated architect but also an accomplished artist. Her early paintings and drawings go on display today at London’s Serpentine Sackler Gallery.
Hadid was inspired by the works of Russian painter and art theoretician Kazimir Malevich, the avant-garde founding father of geometric abstract art. Her artistic technique took form through calligraphic drawings, which played a pivotal role in shaping and forming the foundation of her architectural ideas and her vision of building a utopian world.
The exhibition comprises unseen personal works on paper and canvas that belonged to Hadid. Installations on display range from private notebooks and sketches to large-scale, vivid abstract visuals and geometric landscapes that the legendary architect worked on before her first building, the Vitra Fire Station in Germany, was raised from the ground in 1993. Unmistakable with Hadid’s hypnotic curving forms, the exhibition fittingly takes place in the gallery that she renovated and extended in 2013.
Those looking to see into the early beginnings of Zaha Hadid’s extraordinary world can visit the exhibition that will be on view at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery from December 8, 2017 until February 12, 2017.
Additional reporting by Sueraya Shaheen.