Zaha Ha­did In Italy

Dis­cover the works of an ar­chi­tec­tural ge­nius

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One of the most in­flu­en­tial and vi­sion­ary ar­chi­tects of our time, Zaha Ha­did has re­de­fined the ar­chi­tec­ture of the twenty-first cen­tury and cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of the world. One year since her un­timely death, MAXXI - the first Ital­ian na­tional in­sti­tu­tion de­voted to con­tem­po­rary cre­ativ­ity - is de­vot­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion, “Zaha Ha­did In Italy” to the ar­chi­tec­tural ge­nius.

Fo­cus­ing on Ha­did’s projects in Italy, the ex­hi­bi­tion high­lights her in­tense and pro­duc­tive re­la­tion­ship with the coun­try, pre­sent­ing projects and works cre­ated by means of var­i­ous in­stru­ments of rep­re­sen­ta­tion, re­search, and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion that she honed in the course of her ca­reer; from pic­to­rial and con­cep­tual sketches to three-di­men­sional mod­els, from vir­tual rep­re­sen­ta­tions to the more re­cent in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary stud­ies ad­dressed to the ap­pli­ca­tion of new solutions and tech­nolo­gies, in a pioneer­ing ef­fort of in­ves­ti­ga­tion in de­sign.

The ex­hi­bi­tion presents a por­trait of Ha­did’s mul­ti­far­i­ous per­son­al­ity; it is con­ceived as a walk through be­gin­ning

from the built work and projects in de­sign devel­op­ment in Italy, to prod­uct de­sign.

The gaze of Hélène Binet, a pho­tog­ra­pher who has been one of the most mind­ful of Ha­did’s pro­duc­tion over the years, in­ter­prets the strength and the dy­namism of the ar­chi­tec­ture with a se­ries of in­tense pho­tographs that pro­vide new de­tails of her works. The con­stant drive to­wards an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary search for new de­sign meth­ods is also pre­sented in the sec­tions ded­i­cated to CoDe (Com­pu­ta­tional De­sign) and to ZHA de­sign DNA, a win­dow on the cre­ative legacy that the stu­dio has fully wel­comed. To para­phrase Zaha Ha­did, there should be no end to ex­per­i­men­ta­tion.

In ad­di­tion to the Ital­ian projects that con­sti­tute the back­bone of the ex­hi­bi­tion, a se­lec­tion of other projects that made up a sig­nif­i­cant tran­si­tion in the evo­lu­tion of Zaha Ha­did’s lan­guage and ar­chi­tec­tural re­search are also on dis­play, from the very be­gin­nings to the more re­cent works that are still un­der way. In this evo­lu­tion, the Ital­ian projects have of­ten rep­re­sented a junc­ture and a turn­ing point to­wards new re­search and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion al hori­zons. The ex­hi­bi­tion will held from 23rd June 2017 to 14th Jan­uary 2018 at MAXXI Gallery 5, and is cu­rated by Margherita Guc­cione, Woody Yao, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Zaha Ha­did De­sign, Zaha Ha­did Ar­chi­tects and the Zaha Ha­did Foun­da­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion please visit http://www.maxxi. art/ en/ events/ lit alia-d i-z a ha-ha did /.

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