09 August 2017

Zaha Hadid in Italy

Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome

– 14 January 2018



A year after the sudden death of the architect Zaha Hadid, the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo (MAXXI) is dedicating a six-month long exhibition to her. The exhibition focuses on Hadid’s connection to the expressive landscape of Italy.


Designed to be followed in a round, the exhibition guides the visitor through numerous steps in Hadid’s studio design process, for example through conceptual sketches, 3D models, virtual receptions, and more recent interdisciplinary studies created by using computational design. The Computational Design team consists of eight specialists from different disciplines who, freed from economic constraints, work on design and optimised production processes. The results of their work impress with their aesthetic parallels to natural growth processes, but they were seldom transferred directly into design drafts, although elements from them were reused.

The narrative line of the exhibition is made up of examples of Hadid’s architectural projects. These are shown in an aesthetic dialogue with the environments in which they were built.
The MAXXI is the first Italian national museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art, design and architecture. The building was itself designed by Zaha Hadid – submission by her to a design competition for the museum. The exhibition was created in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Design, Zaha Hadid Architects and the Zaha Hadid Foundation.


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