A solo exhibition of paintings, drawings and digital works by the late British/Iraqi Architect Zaha Hadid is to be mounted at London’s Serpentine Sackler Gallery in December (8 December-12 February 2017).
Hadid presented the first annual summer pavilion in 2000 and designed the extension for the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in 2013. Paintings and drawings linked to some of her best-known projects, both realised and unrealised, will be exhibited. The unrealised Painting for the Cardiff Bay Opera House, Wales (1994-96), and Hafenstrasse Development (1989) relating to a mixed-use development planned for Hamburg are among Hadid’s key pieces. The painting, Confetti, The Peak (1982-83), shows an abstract design linked to the Peak Club project in Hong Kong. An exhibition of Hadid’s work is currently on show at the Palazzo Franchetti on the Grand Canal (until 27 November) in Venice. The show includes paintings, drawings, and maquettes linked to both early and more recent works.
Ms. Hadid who died in March was considered one of the most innovative designers of her generation and was the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal in recognition of her work earlier this year. Collecting her Gold Medal in February, Dame Zaha said she was proud to have been the first woman to win in her own right. “We now see more established female architects all the time,” she said.” That doesn’t mean it’s easy. Sometimes the challenges are immense. There has been tremendous change over recent years and we will continue this progress.” Born in Baghdad, she studied maths at Beirut University before embarking on her career at the Architectural Association in London. In 1979 she set up her own company – Zaha Hadid Architects.