Zaha Hadid

she studied mathematics in Bagdad. Student of the Architecture Association in London, her teacher was Rem Koolaas, the Dutch starchitect, who built the Seattle central library.

Her work was also influenced by calligraphy drawing. it was a nice surprise, the queen of curves have her inspiration from the cursive writing.

and the major influence is the Russian artist Kazimir Malevich, the founder of supermatism.

Directed by Woody Yau, the exhibition was organised in chronological order.

We started from the painting ZH did for graduation from the Architectural Association. a building across the river Thame. the name of the painting was called Malevich’s tektonic. Hadid titled it in honor of Kasimir Malevich, a Russian suprematist artist whose work had inspired her.  Malevich’s Tektonik is a conceptual painting of a hotel on Hungerford Bridge in London.

In her work, Hadid was particularly influenced by Malevich’s writing that stated, “we can only perceive space when we break free from the earth, when the point of support disappears.” (Designmuseum)   It is apparent the Hadid’s geometirc structures in Malevich’s Tektonic are influenced by Malevich’s own architechtonics.  The structures appear to be almost identical to Malevich’s Alpha Architectonic.  This hotel that Hadid conceived has never been built.

I learned a word “superimpose”: meaning layering something on top, but you can still see both.

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Hadid used this painting to explore layering (Pritker Monograph, 36), as we can see in the white, black and red simple structures, which are compiled to make variations of the layered structures in the bottom right, center, and top left of the painting.  Hadid also explored fragmentation in this painting (Pritzker Monograph, 37), as we see in the separation of layers, as well as in the bits and pieces of smaller geometric shapes in the lower left of the painting, which make up the larger composite structures.  Hadid is conveying a structure that is not solid and static, but rather transformativen and fluid.  Hadid used suprematist painting as a way of reconsidering shapes and altering them from the usual architectural angles and norms.  However, beyond what the suprematists accomplished on canvas, Hadid’s intentions were in creating a functional structure.  In this way, Hadid’s innovations and work brought the suprematist ideas into a whole new dimension and scale.

the curator also introduced us of ZH’s peak design, who won but was never built. the Peak recreation club is at the top of the mountain. There is another painting with every small piece seems to be floating after an explosion. That must have been the fragmented look of the layers.

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ZH carries a sketch book everywhere, she was seen always doodling when having a meeting. and she cut a opening space inside of the notebook so she can put her pen inside.

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the last section the curator said this is a series of cities. Below is London, the orange red flowing thing, is the river.

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there is also a painting of berlin, drew in 1990, after the wall was broken down. Madrid, with night and day.

 

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