Exhibition: Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings

17.01.2017
© Zaha Hadid Foundation. Image © 2016 Luke Hayes

First conceived with Hadid herself, London’s Serpentine Sackler Gallery is currently running an exhibition titled Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings, dedicated to the ingenious architect.

The ground-breaking and innovative work of visionary architect Zaha Hadid is world renowned. Whilst some of Hadid’s most memorable works include Stratford’s aquatic centre built for the London 2012 Olympics, Michigan’s Broad Art Museum and China’s Guangzhou Opera House, the Iraqi-born British architect was also the first woman to ever receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. Aside from that, she was crowned a Dame by Queen Elizabeth in 2015 for her outstanding contribution to the field of architecture, and awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Royal Gold Medal, before she passed away last year.

Whilst there are still many of her designs to be released – including the 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium in Qatar and the 2017 Brit Awards statuette – London’s Serpentine Sackler Gallery is currently running an exhibition titled Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings.

First conceived with Hadid herself, the exhibition takes a closer look at the calligraphic drawings that were integral to the architect’s expansive body of work. From rarely seen private notebooks, to abstract paintings that allowed Hadid to investigate the structural side of her practice – the show reveals the complexity of Hadid’s work, her visions of space and her unique way of visualising soon-to-be real life structures. The Serpentine Pavilion, built in 2000, was in fact Zaha Hadid’s first London structure.

Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings runs until 12 February 2017. Admission is free.