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Zaha Hadid was at the London launch of the touring exhibition by Chinese practice MADA s. p. a. m. at Candid Arts Trust.

Berlin gallery Aedes made the show available and Zaha praised its enterprise. She recalled that Aedes hosted her first exhibition in 1994 - a bold step. 'In those days I could be very difficult, ' she said. 'I have mellowed since then.' As one member of the audience said: 'Zaha does irony.' Mellow is not the word AJ staffers use to describe stories that emanate from Ms Hadid's offi ces.

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