These are the first photographs of the late Zaha Hadid’s transformation of the Galerie Gmurzynska, Zurich for a new retrospective display of Kurt Schwitters’ key works
Hadid worked on the project, inspired by Schwitters’ original Merzbau in Hanover, before her death in March this year.
Schwitters’ art and his ‘Merz’ style – a process of turning cast-offs and detritus into art – is known to have had a profound influence on Hadid’s style.
The legendary Merzbau was constructed between 1923 and 1933. The collage of junk eventually spread through at least five rooms in his Hanover house. It was destroyed in an Allied bombing raid in October 1943 and only three photographs of it remain.
In May this year, the Galerie Gmurzynska donated £25,000 to restoring Schwitters’ Merzbarn in the Lake District after it was left devastated by Storm Desmond last year. The sum was offered on recommendation by Hadid to rescue the barn prior to her death.
Patrik Schumacher, who collaborated with Hadid for three decades, said: ‘This design process is capable of delivering an intricate order, open ended and unpredictable, but at any time highly articulate.
‘It is full of contingencies, but forges a unique, path-dependent identity.’
Some 70 of Schwitters’ works will be displayed in the exhibition, across a variety of media.
Hadid also designed the 2010 exhibition Zaha Hadid and Suprematism for the Swiss gallery, which specialises in Russian avant-garde art.