The Serpentine Galleries and Zaha Hadid Design are bringing their critically acclaimed exhibition of early paintings and drawings by the late Zaha Hadid to Hong Kong. First conceived with Hadid herself, the show has been expanded with additional archival material since being showcased in London.
With experimentation, you think you’re going to find out one thing, but you actually discover something else… more than you bargain for. – Zaha Hadid
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Drawing and painting were fundamental to Hadid’s practice. Influenced by Malevich, Tatlin and Rodchenko, she used calligraphic drawings as the primary 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 Zaha Hadid Architects’ buildings, revealing an all-encompassing vision of space and reality. – from Zaha Hadid Architects
It was Zaha Hadid who went first and furthest in exploring this way of innovating in architecture—without, as well as with, the support of advanced software. – Patrik Schumacher, principal of Zaha Hadid Architects