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Zaha Hadid's journey to the top

To Rome for the opening of Zaha Hadid’s splendid MAXXI, which has had critics metaphorically trampling over each in other in the crush for superlatives

But there was also a more literal trampling during the press tour, when Zaha, radiantly attired in petrol blue Prada, hailed a lift to conduct the scrum of journos to the upper levels.

As the modestly proportioned conveyance was unable to accommodate the vast retinue, there was a Keystone Cops moment as the lift doors slammed shut, forcing hacks into an unseemly dash for the Piranesian staircase.

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