Running until 6 April, 2017 at ArtisTree in Taikoo Place, There Should Be No End To Experimentation features works by the late Zaha Hadid
'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
Partnering with London's acclaimed Serpentine Galleries and Zaha Hadid Design, Swire Properties presents this exhibition as the closing programme for ArtisTree before it is relocated to a new address. Focusing on Hadid's early works before her first building was erected in 1993, the exhibition focuses on pieces from the 1970s to the early 1990s, including Hadid's first internationally acclaimed project, The Peak (1982-3), awarded first prize in a design competition for a leisure club in the Hong Kong hills – marking a critical moment in Hadid's career.
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine Artistic Director and Yana Peel, CEO said at the opening of the exhibition: "We are honoured to bring this expanded exhibition of our friend and long-term collaborator Zaha Hadid to Hong Kong – the very place that launched her reputation as a global architectural pioneer. Her declaration that 'there should be no end to experimentation' has not only become a mantra for the Serpentine Galleries but is the basis on which this showcase of Zaha's visionary talent and legacy was conceived in her own lifetime."
An extension of any previous showcase of the works, the exhibition in Hong Kong features a montage video of Hadid's architectural projects over the past 25 years, alongside her paintings, calligraphic drawings, and rarely seen private sketchbooks that show her complex thoughts about architecture's forms and relationships. Through these sketchbooks, viewers can begin to understand the mechanics of her thought processes and how the link between her art and her architectural works transpired.
Drawing and painting were fundamental to Hadid's practice. Influenced by Malevich, Tatlin and Rodchenko, she used calligraphic drawings as the main 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. Technology and innovation have also been central to the work of Zaha Hadid Architects, and many of Hadid's paintings prefigure the potential of these digital processes.
Connecting directly with individual paintings in this exhibition, four experimental virtual reality experiences have been specially developed in collaboration between Serpentine Galleries, Zaha Hadid Virtual Reality Group and Google Arts & Culture. The VR experiences translate some of the key aspects and DNA contained inside the paintings, allowing gallery goers to become fully immersde into Hadid's architectural vision.
Building on this commitment to technology, a dedicated mobile tour will also be available as part of Bloomberg Philanthropies' ongoing digital engagement programme at the Serpentine Galleries. Available through visitors' mobile phones, the mobile tour offers ArtisTree visitors an interactive gallery experience including stories, audio clips and additional drawings from the Hadid collection. Enjoy the interactive guide on their mobile device: www.zahahadidtour.com.