She was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize for architecture, an innovative thinker and one of the most influential architects of our time.
Zaha Hadid, who was born in Iraq and died suddenly in Miami, Florida, last year, managed to delight and capture the imagination of the entire world with her trailblazing work. During her lifetime she designed buildings, furniture, footwear and even cars.
Now, one year since her untimely death, the MAXXI Museum of Modern Art, a spectacular space that Zaha herself created, is devoting an exhibition to her.
The exhibition, that’s been organized in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Design, Zaha Hadid Architects and the Zaha Hadid Foundation, mainly focuses on her projects in Italy, but also includes some of her international work.
The exhibition presents a portrait of Hadid’s multifaceted personality, and was formulated as a walk through.
It starts with Hadid’s building projects that have been completed, and continues with buildings that are currently still in the design phase.
The exhibition then moves on to her product design; the sofas for B&B and Cassina, vases that were designed for Alessi and the exclusive bag created for a Fendi charity event, to name just a few.
The most striking installation is a large video wall portraying almost all of Hadid’s architecture and a number of large paintings, such as Malevich’s Tektonic (2015) and Metropolis (2014), revealing her interest in Russian Constructivism.
The images, which fill up the entire length and breadth of one of the gallery walls, allows one to get a sense of the immense beauty of Hadid’s buildings.
What makes this exhibition so unique is the privilege of not only viewing her work in the gallery, but also as a whole in the form of the MAXXI itself.
Till 14 January 2018
Via Guido Reni, 4/a
Tue-Fri, Sun: 11am-7pm, Sat: 11am-10pm
Entry fee €8-12; free for children under 14