Zaha Hadid's work is to take its place beside, above, below and around works by Salvador Dali, Man Ray and other modern masters.
The practice has been chosen to design an exhibition space in one of London's finest art spaces, the Hayward Gallery. The design, costing less than £90,000, will take up the entire concrete gallery for the show, 'Addressing the Century: 100 Years of Art & Fashion'.
It will bring together art by Matisse and Dufy, Gustav Klimt, work influenced by 1920s functionalism, Russian Constructivism and Italian Futurism. Fashion from Ossie Clark and Mary Quant will also be shown.
Architect Woody Yao said early ideas involved grouping art into different categories because some were to be boxed in cases or hung vertically or laid horizontally.
Fiona Bradley, a curator from sbc Royal Festival Hall, said initial ideas included stunning suspension techniques and showcases rather than changing the configuration of the walls. 'It is too early to be specific, there are plenty of ideas coming from Zaha Hadid's office.'
The show starts on 8 October and ends on 11 January 1999.