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Zaha Hadid retrospective to open at Venice Biennale

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A retrospective of the work of the late Zaha Hadid is set to open at the Venice Biennale next week

The exhibition, which is being hosted by the Fondazione Berengo, will take place at the 16th century Palazzo Franchetti and will showcase many of Hadid’s seminal paintings, drawings, and models.

Hadid’s fourth year Architectural Association project entitled Malevich’s Tektonic will be displayed alongside her competition-winning designs for the Peak Club, Hong Kong, the Hafenstrasse in Hamburg, and Cardiff Bay Opera House.

The exhibition juxtaposes these early designs with completed works such as the BMW Central Building in Liepzig.

Individual rooms will highlight three of Hadid’s key projects – the Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein, Germany, the Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, and the Stirling Prize-winning Maxxi in Rome.

A further room will show photographs by Helene Binet which capture the materiality of Hadid’s projects. Binet began photographing Hadid’s work in 1992 when she captured the Vitra Fire Station and she recently took photos of the Salerno Maritime Terminal in Italy which completed last month.

Adriano Berengo, president of Fondazione Berengo, said: ‘Visitors to the exhibition will have a greater understanding of Hadid’s pioneering vision that redefined architecture and design for the 21st century and captured imaginations across the globe. Although I work in the art world and Hadid’s excellence was architecture, her work is also imbued with art, that patina that makes everything eternal, including the creator herself.’


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