Zaha Hadid Exhibition & Blog

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Architect extraordinaire and Pritzker Prize winner Zaha Hadid will have her first full-scale UK exhibition at the Design Museum in London commencing June 29. “To facilitate a forum for debate, and to maximize the impact of the exhibition, the Design Museum has launched a Zaha Hadid Exhibition Blog” in conjunction with online design magazine dezeen.

The Zaha Hadid Exhibition Blog already includes an insightful interview with Zaha Hadid Architects partner/co-architect Patrick Schumacher and bountiful photos of the BMW Central Building, a personal favorite, taken by architectural photographer Hèlène Binet.

ZAHA HADID – Architecture and Design: 29 June to 25 November 2007

Zaha Hadid is at the height of her powers. With an office 170 strong, she is building all over the world, from masterplans in Singapore and Istanbul, to an opera house in China, a museum in Rome, and a skyscraper in Dubai. In the last year she has opened two substantial buildings in Germany: a car factory for BMW and the Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg, for which she received great international acclaim, and her range of domestic products and furniture has engaged the attention of art and design collectors and critics throughout the world.

Zaha Hadid: Architecture and Design at the Design Museum from 29 June to 25 November will be the first UK full-scale exhibition of Hadid’s visionary work. Incorporating a wide range of media including painting, sketches, models, furniture and design objects, and spanning two floors, it will be the most ambitious project undertaken by the Design Museum.

The exhibition will open with an introduction to Hadid’s most significant completed projects: the Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art, Cinncinnati; the Phaeno Science Centre, Wolfsburg, recently shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize; and the BMW plant, Leipzig, Germany. A series of models, plans and renderings will establish her achievement as an architect building today, and will demonstrate her ability in pioneering a new vocabulary for architecture. Process will be examined with an in-depth analysis of the Maxxi Centre for Contemporary Art in Rome. The exhibition will demonstrate the importance of London for Hadid, from her formative experiences at the Architectural Association, the influence of the people she met there including Rem Koolhaas and Bernard Tschumi, and the first steps to building a practice, to her future plans for the 2012 Olympics Aquatic Centre. A special section of the exhibition will be dedicated to the many products that Hadid has designed including her limited edition projects for Established & Sons, such as the Seamless Collection, the Aqua Table and Swarm chandelier.

Closing with a look at future plans with a city of models of Hadid’s buildings, Zaha Hadid – Architecture and Design will leave visitors with an insight into the huge breadth and power of the Hadid office, and a very different world from the conventional architectural circuit.

DESIGN MUSEUM LAUNCHES ZAHA HADID EXHIBITION BLOG

On 29 June 2007 the first major UK exhibition of Zaha Hadid’s architecture and design will open at the Design Museum in London. Spanning two floors this is the largest project the museum has undertaken and will present her most significant past, present and future projects. To facilitate a forum for debate, and to maximise the impact of the exhibition, the Design Museum has launched a Zaha Hadid Exhibition Blog: zahahadidblog.com.

Edited by design journalist Marcus Fairs, of the design blog dezeen.com, the Zaha Hadid Exhibition Blog will reveal the complex processes behind exhibition development, with behind the scenes interviews and images of Zaha Hadid and her colleagues at their offices, back stage photographs and of the exhibition installation, and news and footage of the opening events, allowing visitors an unparalleled layered experience of this major exhibition. A panel of founder contributors, including Lynda Relph-Knight Editor of Design Week, Edwin Heathcote Architecture Critic of the Financial Times, and Tom Dyckhoff Architecture Critic for The Times, will blog their personal thoughts of Zaha Hadid and the exhibition when it opens. As well as journalists, the panel includes a growing list of designers and design commentators, including design partnership &made, and graffiti artist Remi/Rough, who cites Zaha Hadid as a strong influence on his work. When the exhibition opens to the public on 29 June visitors will be encouraged to submit their exhibition reviews for publication on the blog. They can do this at computers made available within the exhibition, via wireless internet access in the Design Museum Cafè, and by logging onto the site at home.

Design Museum Communications Manager Josephine Gaffikin said “A blog is the perfect format for communicating an exhibition – we are surprised it has not been done before. The blog offers a forum for debate, enabling the public to become really involved. It provides an unprecedented opportunity for public feedback on the exhibition and a truly international reach”.

The Zaha Hadid Exhibition Blog has been designed by innovative digital design and technology consultancy Designjunction.

Exhibition Information
Zaha Hadid – Architecture and Design | 29 June to 25 Nov. | 10.00-17.45 daily
Design Museum | Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD | T: 0870 833 9955

Top Image: Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art. Cincinnati, USA.
Zaha Hadid Architects 2003 | Photographer: Roland Halbe

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