In celebration of zaha hadid’s career in architecture and design, fondazione berengo has opened a retrospective exhibition of her work at the 16th century palazzo franchetti on venice’s grand canal. The exhibition coincides with the 2016 venice architectural biennale. It conveys her architectural projects in a variety of media by showcasing many of her seminal paintings, drawings and models, and including photography and film. Through the designs — built, under-construction, in development and unrealized — the display presents the pioneering research and investigation that instigates and defines the late architect’s work.
Early in her career Hadid had particular interest in the russian avant-garde, exploring the composition techniques of fragmentation, layering, and porosity that went on to underpin all her projects. Hadid describes her process, stating “my paintings really evolved thirty years ago because I thought the architectural drawings required a much greater degree of distortion and fragmentation to assist our research – but eventually it affected the work of course. in the early days of our office the method we used to construct a drawing or painting or model led to new, exciting discoveries. we sometimes did not know what the research would lead to – but we knew there would be something, and that all the experiments had to lead to perfecting the project.”
The ongoing work of Zaha Hadid Architects is also exhibited, including projects set to be completed in the coming year. “Visitors to the exhibition will have a greater understanding of Zaha Hadid’s pioneering vision that redefined architecture and design for the 21st century and captured imaginations across the globe,” says Adriano Berengo, president of fondazione berengo. He continues to state that “although (he) works in the art world and Zaha Hadid’s excellence was architecture, her work is also imbued with art, that patina that makes everything eternal, including the creator herself.”