Even as the untimely death of Zaha Hadid continues to reverberate throughout the world, her legacy lives on, as evidenced by the awards and accolades her projects continue to garner. And now, the work of the pioneering architect will receive an impromptu retrospective at the upcoming Architecture Biennale in Venice, the New York Times reports.
Opening on May 28, the Biennale will host a 10-room exhibition at the Palazzo Franchetti. Financed by Fondazione Berengo, a glass making foundation, the exhibition will celebrate Hadid's 35-year-long career, showcasing both unrealized and in-progress projects, including the Port House Headquarters in Antwerp, and an apartment building on the High Line (Hadid's first New York project). The show will also highlight a circa-1985 proposal to transform Trafalgar Square in London.
All of Hadid's completed buildings will be shown, as well, via her own paintings, paper and 3D-printed models, drawings, photographs, and videos.
According to the Times, discussion of the exhibition began in October when Hadid designed vase-like sculptures (that are as-yet unproduced) for Fondazione Berengo’s glassmaking studio. Hadid wanted to put on a small show that focused on the new technologies and computational design methods employed by her London-based firm. But after her death on March 31, the firm decided to pivot the show into an overview of her career.
Hadid, who was only 65 when she died, had a seemingly endless fount of projects and ideas ahead of her. The exhibition will be a testament to how much the architecture world will miss her trailblazing designs.
The show opens on May 26 and runs through November 27. The Guggenheim Museum in New York ran a Hadid retrospective in 2006, as did the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2015.
- Zaha Hadid Show in Venice Will Celebrate Architect’s Career [The New York Times]
- A Complete List of Zaha Hadid Architects's Unbuilt Designs [Curbed]
- Zaha Hadid Dies at Age 65 [Curbed]