An early draft
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.