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Zaha Hadid at the State Hermitage Museum

First Retrospective Exhibition on work in Russia – in St Petersburg

page updated 23 Oct 2016 with new images ; 25 Jun 2015

Zaha Hadid at the State Hermitage Museum

Exhibition from 27 Jun 2015 to 27 Sep 2015

Images by ZHA unless noted otherwise

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Zaha Hadid at the State Hermitage Museum

On 27 June 2015, the State Hermitage Museum presents the first retrospective exhibition of Zaha Hadid’s architectural works in Russia.

Zaha Hadid at the State Hermitage Museum
photograph : Werner Huthmacher

The first retrospective exhibition of her work in Russia, Zaha Hadid at The State Hermitage Museum provides unprecedented insight into the work of Zaha Hadid in a mid-career retrospective highlighting her exploration of the Russian Avant-garde at the beginning of her career, and the continuing influence of its core principles on her work today.

Zaha Hadid at the State Hermitage Museum
photo : Werner Huthmacher

Zaha Hadid at the State Hermitage Museum
photo : Iwan Baan

Zaha Hadid at the State Hermitage Museum
photo : Hufton and Crow

The exhibition, in the historic Nicolaevsky Hall of the Winter Palace, showcases many of the seminal paintings, drawings, models and design objects of Hadid’s forty-year repertoire; conveying the ingenuity and dynamism of her architectural projects in variety of media including film, photography and installations.

Zaha Hadid at the State Hermitage Museum
photo : Hufton and Crow

Zaha Hadid at the State Hermitage Museum
photo : Hufton and Crow

In 2004, Hadid was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in the theatre of the State Hermitage Museum. Accepting the prize, Hadid stated, “The spirit of adventure to embrace the new and the incredible belief in the power of invention attracted me to the Russian Avant-garde.

Zaha Hadid at the State Hermitage Museum
photo : Hélène Binet

I realized how Modern architecture built upon the break-through achieved by abstract art as the conquest of a previously unimaginable realm of creative freedom. The idea that space itself might be warped and distorted to gain in dynamism and complexity without losing its coherence and continuity.”

Zaha Hadid at the State Hermitage Museum

With its far-reaching experimentation, Hadid directly engaged with the work of the Russian Avant-garde early in her career, developing an artistic inventiveness that transcends the context of the Russian social experiment and continues a narrative of a new spatial perception.

Zaha Hadid at the State Hermitage Museum

The exhibition outlines the pioneering research that permeates the architect’s career.

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The Peak Club in Hong Kong (unrealized, 1982-83) represents an early manifestation of her exploration of Kazimir Malevich’s compositional techniques of fragmentation and layering.

Zaha Hadid at the State Hermitage Museum
image © Virgile Simon Bertrand

Further projects include the Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati (completed, 2003), Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg (completed, 2005), BMW Central Building in Leipzig (completed, 2005), MAXXI: Museum of XXI Century Art in Rome (completed, 2010), London Aquatics Centre (completed, 2011) and Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku (completed, 2012) continue Hadid’s ongoing research towards a new architecture that addresses the increased complexities and dynamism of our future.

Zaha Hadid at the State Hermitage Museum
photo : Virgile Simon Bertrand

Built on the site of an old Soviet tank factory, the centre in Baku dissolves the conventional differentiation between architecture and city, offering welcoming porosity in place of segregated fortification.

Zaha Hadid at the State Hermitage Museum
photograph : Iwan Baan

“Hadid championed the unconsummated work of the Suprematists. She reengaged the debate and set out to build their revolution,” explains critic Joseph Giovannini. “The Baku center represents a new era in architecture. If a culture can be extrapolated from the architectural posture represented by the Heydar Aliyev Center, it would be freer and more spirited, and applied with a light touch as well as principled discipline. The center, an embodiment of an enlightened philosophical framework, is poetic, compelling, and charismatic. Its open forms promise to help open Azeri culture by an act of attraction rather than imposition. Hadid has designed and crafted an object lesson and a parable. Azerbaijan commissioned a building, and Hadid met the program. But she also read between the lines and exceeded the brief by delivering a futuristic vision and aspirational ideal.“

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As the exhibition explores the architect’s forty-year career, we see that, far beyond simply continuing the unfinished project of Modernism and the unfettered spirit of the Avant-garde, Hadid has transcended these ideas, creating an entirely new spatial paradigm; an architecture of the future.

Zaha Hadid at the State Hermitage Museum

Zaha Hadid at The State Hermitage Museum is organized in cooperation with Zaha Hadid Architects as part of the Hermitage 20/21 project launched in 2007 to collect, exhibit and study the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibition is curated by Ksenia Malich, Curator of Contemporary Art Department, The State Hermitage Museum, and Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects.

Zaha Hadid at the State Hermitage Museum

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Zaha Hadid Exhibition Designs – Selection

Sonnabend Gallery Exhibition, New York
Sonnabend Gallery Exhibition
photo : Isa Wipfli

Milan Furniture Fair : Zaha Hadid design
Milan Zaha Hadid exhibiiton
picture from architect

ZAHA HADID RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION
Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy
Barbara Cappochin Biennale, 4th Edition
27 Oct 2009 – 01 March 2010




Italian Buildings

Key Italian Projects by Zaha Hadid Architects:

Cagliari museum
Cagliari Museum
picture from architect

Maxxi Rome
Maxxi Rome
picture from architect

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