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Chanel donates Zaha pavilion to Paris' Arab World Institute

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Zaha Hadid Architects mobile art pavilion, built for Chanel in 2007, has found a permanent home in front of Jean Nouvel’s Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris

The fashion house donated the portable gallery space with its ‘fluid’ reinforced-plastic shell to the institute earlier this year (2011). Before that it had travelled to Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York but had been in storage for the last couple of years after Chanel cut short the pavilion’s world tour in late 2008.

Chanel blamed the ‘economic crisis’ for the decision to end the exhibition circuit early (AJ 22.12.08).

The first exhibition within the pavilion is dedicated to Zaha Hadid and runs until 30 October 2011. It will subsequently host exhibitions ‘in line with the centre’s policy of showcasing talent from Arab countries.’

The architect’s view

Zaha Hadid said: ‘I think through our architecture, we can give people a glimpse of another world, and enthuse them, make them excited about
ideas. Our architecture is intuitive, radical, international and dynamic. We are concerned with constructing buildings that evoke original experiences, a kind of strangeness and newness that is comparable to the experience of going to a new country. The Mobile Art Pavilion follows these principles of inspiration.’

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