Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation at ArtisTree, Hong Kong | ITSLIQUID

Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation at ArtisTree, Hong Kong

Architecture, Art | March 12, 2017 |

‘Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation’-  exhibition opens March 17 at ArtisTree, Hong KongImage courtesy of Zaha Hadid Foundation

Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation
Exhibition opens March 17 at ArtisTree, Hong Kong

 

“With experimentation, you think you’re going to find out one thing, but you actually discover something else… more than you bargain for.”  Zaha HadidThe Serpentine Galleries and Zaha Hadid Design are proud to bring their critically acclaimed exhibition of early paintings and drawings by the late Zaha Hadid to Hong Kong. First conceived with Hadid herself, this “revelation” (London Evening Standard) of a show has been expanded with additional archival material since being showcased in London.

 

‘Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation’-  exhibition opens March 17 at ArtisTree, Hong KongImage courtesy of Zaha Hadid Foundation

 

Zaha Hadid (1950-2016) is regarded as an architectural pioneer and visionary. This unique Serpentine presentation also reveals her as an artist with drawing at the very heart of her work. The work includes paintings, calligraphic drawings and rarely seen private notebooks with sketches that show the complexity of her ideas and concepts. The exhibition, brought to Hong Kong in association with JP Morgan Private Bank, focuses on Hadid’s early works before her first building (Vitra Fire Station, Germany) opened in 1993. Ranging from the 1970s to the early 1990s, the paintings and drawings on show include Hadid’s first internationally acclaimed project, The Peak (1982-3), awarded first prize in a design competition for a leisure club on Victoria Peak above Hong Kong – marking a critical moment in Hadid’s career.

 

‘Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation’-  exhibition opens March 17 at ArtisTree, Hong KongImage courtesy of Zaha Hadid Foundation

 

Drawing and painting were fundamental to Hadid’s practice. Influenced by Malevich, Tatlin and Rodchenko, she used calligraphic drawings as the primary method for visualising her architectural ideas. For Hadid, painting was a design tool, and abstraction an investigative structure for imagining architecture and its relationship to the world we live in. These works on paper and canvas unravel an architecture that Hadid was determined to realise in built structures and that was later seen in the characteristic lightness and weightlessness of Zaha Hadid Architects‘ buildings, revealling an all-encompassing vision of space and reality. 

 

‘Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation’-  exhibition opens March 17 at ArtisTree, Hong KongImage courtesy of Zaha Hadid Foundation

 

Technology and innovation have always been central to the work of Zaha Hadid Architects and many of Hadid’s paintings pre-empt the potential of these digital processes. Patrik Schumacher, principal of Zaha Hadid Architects explains: “It was Zaha Hadid who went first and furthest in exploring this way of innovating in architecture – without, as well as with, the support of advanced software.” Connecting directly with the individual paintings in this exhibition, four experimental virtual reality experiences have been specially developed in collaboration with Google Arts and Culture, offering a dynamic and immersive insight into Hadid’s architectural vision.

 

‘Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation’-  exhibition opens March 17 at ArtisTree, Hong KongImage courtesy of Zaha Hadid Foundation

 

Building on this commitment to technology, a dedicated mobile tour will also be available as part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ ongoing digital engagement programme at the Serpentine Galleries. Available through visitors’ mobile phones, the mobile tour offers ArtisTree visitors an interactive gallery experience including stories, audio clips and additional drawings from the Hadid collection. In addition, a screening room in the exhibition featuring exclusive footage from the Zaha Hadid archive, will also be made available.

 

‘Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation’-  exhibition opens March 17 at ArtisTree, Hong KongImage courtesy of Zaha Hadid Foundation

 

These interactive components are supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies through its Bloomberg Connects programme, a global initiative that helps cultural institutions innovate and engage audiences by leveraging digital technology. Marking the first presentation of Hadid’s early works in China, this timely homage first opened in December 2016 to record London audiences at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Built in 1805 in London’s Kensington Gardens as a gunpowder store during the Napoleonic Wars, in 2013 the Zaha Hadid Architects renovation and repurposing of the Magazine building opened as Serpentine Sackler Gallery, bringing it into public use for the first time in its 208-year history.

 

more. zaha-hadid.com | zaha-hadid-design.com

 

 

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below

RELATED POSTS


INTERVIEW: MELANIE MOLLO

Interviews | September 24, 2020

Feelings flow freely into the soul, without control, as the colors on the canvas become one with it. That it is happiness, sadness, love, passion, anger, they dominate us and dominate our actions. Like the flow of a river into the sea, they get lost in the immensity of our being, regenerating itself in the latter, and then share their new life as a drop and source of feeling. This underlines the cyclical nature without a beginning or an end. Feelings are part of us forging our character. Read more


BOCHNER BOETTI FONTANA

Art | September 23, 2020

Curated by Mel Bochner in collaboration with Magazzino Italian Art, This Special Exhibition Examines Parallel Artistic Movements in the 1960s and 1970s in the U.S. and Italy through the artwork of Bochner, Alighiero Boetti, and Lucio Fontana. Cold Spring, NY – August 24, 2020 – This fall, Magazzino Italian Art opens a special exhibition examining the formal, conceptual, and procedural affinities in the work of Mel Bochner, Alighiero Boetti, and Lucio Fontana. Curated by Bochner in collaboration with Magazzino, the exhibition marks the first presentation to consider the American artist’s extensive, yet overlooked, engagement with the practices of Fontana and Boetti, as well as with Italian art at large. Bochner Boetti Fontana offers, through the artist’s perspective, a number of resonances between his work and that of the Italian and Italian-Argentine artists: an exploration of systems, language, and materials; and a sense of irony and humor, often and especially shared by Arte Povera and Conceptualism, as all these works opened the work of art onto the space of display. Read more


Nike House of Innovation

Fashion | September 22, 2020

Nike opened its third House of Innovation, at the historic 79 Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, continuing its endeavor to harness the power of digital to best serve consumers. Over four floors and some 2,400 square meters (nearly 26,000 square feet), Nike Paris, House of Innovation 002 gives unparalleled access to Nike's best innovations, athlete storytelling and experiences. Like its predecessors in New York and Shanghai, the flagship - situated amongst some of the world's most iconic landmarks - offers an immersive and digitally-powered end-to-end consumer journey. Offering one of the largest assortments of Nike footwear in Europe, modular store layouts that are consistently updated and exclusive Member opportunities, Nike Paris is the Swoosh's latest proof point in its ongoing commitment to transform the future of retail, while serving as a vibrant center of sport. Read more


INTERVIEW: ELSA EGON

Interviews | September 21, 2020

"Art represents for me a 'ligne de vie'. I have been painting since my 15 years: since then, artistic practice has accompanied all my experiences as a girl, woman, mother. My only safety net in the most difficult situations, today represents the way to seek beauty in the objects and materials we use every day. I often work starting from a material that already carries a story in it, because it has been found, extracted and reused. It may perhaps be recognized by the people who had it in their hands. Somehow, it tells a collective story, piecing together, to establish bonds, but at the same time fixing my experiences." Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!