An early draft

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The MAXXI in Rome and the Lon­don Aquat­ics Cen­tre are just some sites that the ar­chi­tect Zaha Ha­did de­signed. Za­haHa­did:Ear­lyPaint­ingsandDraw­ings (to 12 Feb; p. 37), a pow­er­ful dis­play of Ha­did’s early work and rarely seen note­books, is on at the Ser­pen­tine Sack­ler Gallery, which was ren­o­vated by her in 2013. ‘I have al­ways been in­ter­ested in the con­cept of frag­men­ta­tion and with ideas of ab­strac­tion and ex­plo­sion, de-con­struct­ing ideas of repet­i­tive­ness and mass pro­duc­tion,’ she said. ‘I get the same goosebumps from Ba­con as I get from Niemeyer,’ she was quoted as say­ing. For Ha­did, paint­ing was a tool to com­mu­ni­cate her vi­sion of space and reality, so art and ar­chi­tec­ture went hand in hand.

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