Zaha Hadid retrospectivce exhibition opens in Dubai

05. Zaha Hadid_portrait by Brigitte Lacombe

An exhibition opens this week in Dubai showcasing the work of top designer Zaha Hadid at the Leila Heller Gallery.

It will feature product designs from the early 80s – the start of the architect’s emergence onto the global stage – to the 2015 Liquid Glacial Collection furniture range.

From the Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi  to the London 2012 Olympic Aquatics Centre, to the Guangzhou Opera House over the last 30 years Hadid has engaged with architecture as a form of landscape, transforming the hard-geometry of 20th century vertical structures into a horizontal multi-perspective designs.


For this exhibition, the hallmarks of these large scale architectural projects reveal themselves in the architect’s use of a new spatial paradigm in a variety of scales and a materials resulting in a multitude of forms that engage with interior, domestic, or personal space.

It presents design work from over 30 collections, exemplifying her fluid architectural language of recent projects.

The architect’s transposition of the vertical and horizontal can be seen in the angular Seoul Desk (2008), composed in high-gloss fiberglass.

Hadid’s ethic of environmental and physical inter-connectedness is exemplified in the Tau Vases (2015), whose pleats portray the formal complexity of natural growth systems.

“Her work in design presents the 21st century’s evolution towards the organic, as well as an exploration of scale, innovation, and materiality: from the wonderfully tactile natural forms in wood and stone, to the high-gloss industrial of innovative manufacturing and fabrication technologies” said a spokesman for the exhibition.

The display runs from Thursday January 18 to Monday February 29.

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