ithout a doubt, Zaha Hadid was one of the most influential and groundbreaking architects of her generation. The first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize, and the only woman ever to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture (awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects).
Precisely for this reason, a year after Zaha Hadid’s untimely departure, the MAXXI in Rome pays tribute to her with exhibition L’Italia di Zaha Hadid (lit. Zaha Hadid’s Italy), overseen by Margherita Guccione, director of MAXXI Architettura, and Woody Yao, director of Zaha Hadid Design.
Housed in the Galleria 5, certainly one of the most evocative spaces of the entire museum, L’Italia di Zaha Hadid illustrates the intimate relation Zaha had with our country. In fact, over the years, Zaha Hadid built many extraordinary things in Italy (including the MAXXI in Rome), as well as contributing greatly to the Italian design industry.
Visitors will find sketches, 3D models, digital illustrations, prototypes, videos and photographs. And also furniture designed in partnership with top brands; this includes sofas for B&B Italia (who sponsored the event) and Cassina, lamps for Slamp, vases and tables for Cicto, as well as fashion accessories like the exclusive bag made for Fendi’s famous charity bash and the B.zero 1 ring for Bulgari.
Zaha’s Italian projects are central to the exhibit; this helps to paint a precise portrait, illustrating the architect's visionary style. Prompted by unstoppable creativity and a desire to push the boundaries of modern design, Zaha has left a mark on the world with her dynamic silhouettes and a desire to break new grounds.
Zaha Hadid has redefined twenty-first century architecture and interior design with her famous slanted lines, elusive silhouettes, sleek surfaces and organic shapes.
Where: MAXXI, Museo Nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, 4A via Guido Reni, Rome, Italy
When: ongoing - 14 January 2018