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Retrospective of Zaha Hadid's work at State Hermitage Museum

by Sophie Cullen on Jun 29, 2015 in Architecture
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Nordpark Cable Railway, Austria, 2007 (Image courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

Nordpark Cable Railway, Austria, 2007 (Image courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

For the first time in Russia, a retrospective of Zaha Hadid’s work will be held at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg

The exhibition explores the forty-year career of the architect and includes seminal drawings, renderings and models along with a variety of film and media installations. It sets out to highlight her exploration into the Russian Avante-garde style at the beginning of her career and how this continues to influence her work. Zaha Hadid has long been admired in Russia for her studies into these areas and was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in the very building where the exhibition will be taking place.

Malevichs Tectonic (Image courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

Malevichs Tectonic, 1976-77 (Image courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

"The spirit of adventure to embrace the new and the incredible belief in the power of invention attracted me to the Russian Avant-garde,” explained Hadid when she accepted that award in 2004. Hadid cites the experimentation along with the artistic inventiveness of the movement as having drawn her to the style initially.

Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku, 2013 (Image courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku, 2013 (Image courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

The exhibition looks at some of the pioneering projects from Hadid’s career including the unrealised Peak Club in Hong Kong, The Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art and The London Aquatics Centre. By looking at her past works, the exhibition hopes to address the increased complexities that continue to permeate her work now and into the future.

London Aquatics Centre, 2011 (Image courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

London Aquatics Centre, 2011 (Image courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

Details

Venue: State Hermitage Museum, Russia, 190000, St Petersburg, Dvortsovaya Naberezhnaya 34
Date: Until 27 September, 2015

For more information, visit www.hermitagemuseum.org

 

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