Zaha Hadid discusses influence of Malevich on her work

Dynamic Suprematism 1915 or 1916 by Kazimir Malevich 1879-1935

Zaha Hadid recently wrote an article for London’s Royal Academy of Arts magazine about the influences of suprematist Kazimir Malevich on her work.

Known for his abstract paintings, Malevich is widely considered to be a pioneer of new art forms during the early 20th century.

Hadid, while studying at the Architecture Association in London, found many similarities between artists working during the early 20th century and the 1970s.


Hadid notes: “The 1970s were a critical time of investigation. Although architects had little work, we were very productive with drawings. One result of my interest in Malevich was my decision to employ painting as a design tool. I found the traditional system of architectural drawing to be limiting and was searching for a new means of representation. Studying Malevich allowed me to develop abstraction as an investigative principle.”

Through painting and drawing, Hadid has found new perspectives from which to view her buildings, and had led her to incorporate techniques like the layering of drawings on top of one another.


To read Zaha Hadid’s full account, click here

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