In celebration of Zaha Hadid’s career in architecture and design that spans four decades, Fondazione Berengo is hosting an abridged retrospective exhibition of her work at the 16th century Palazzo Franchetti on the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy.
The exhibition, coinciding with this year’s Venice Architectural Biennale, showcases many of the seminal paintings, drawings and models of Hadid’s repertoire, conveying the ingenuity and dynamism of her architectural projects in a variety of media including photography and film.
Through Hadid’s designs – built, under-construction, in development and unrealised – the exhibition displays the pioneering research and investigation that instigates and defines Zaha Hadid Architects’ work.
The leads and connections between all of Zaha Hadid Architects’ projects are evident in the exhibition’s juxtaposition of these early designs with projects such as the BMW Central Building in Leipzig (completed 2005) within a landscape of models that integrates project typologies, formal composition, geography and chronology.
The exhibition outlines the innovations and applications developed by the practice’s in-house computation and design research team (CODE). CODE’s research and development harnesses the latent opportunities within the inter-disciplinary collaboration of computationally literate architects, engineers and emerging digital manufacturing methods; establishing a collective research culture throughout Zaha Hadid Architects that enables many diverse talents and innovative ideas to feed into each other.
3D printed design projects are of significant importance for the wider industry and Zaha Hadid Architects is always looking to research new design and manufacturing methods with the explicit intention of ‘scaling up’ for applications in the construction industry.
Developed by CODE to use its geometry, detailing and manufacture to highlight and improve its performance, the 3D printed chair explores the possibilities of multi-material, multi-colour 3D printing. Using optimisation to deploy material density and depth where structurally required, the printing process applys gradations of colour and opacity to represent the structural performance of each area of the chair.
Adriano Berengo, president of Fondazione Berengo said, “Visitors to the exhibition will have a greater understanding of Zaha 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 Dame Zaha Hadid's excellence was architecture, her work is also imbued with art, that patina that makes everything eternal, including the creator herself."
Falconeri is continuing its partnership with Fondazione Berengo supporting creativity and innovation in the arts as the major sponsor of the exhibition and hosted a performance in tribute to Zaha Hadid on 25 May at Palazzo Franchetti by soloist Anna Tikhomirova of the Bolshoi Ballet. Falconeri said, “We maintain our commitment to the arts and Zaha Hadid’s work is fantastically inventive in her search for new and unexpected solutions.”
In her 2011 conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director of the Serpentine Galleries, Zaha Hadid stated, “I know from my experience that without research and experimentation not much can be discovered. With experimentation, you think you’re going to find out one thing, but you actually discover something else. That’s what I think is really exciting. You discover much more than you bargain for. I think there should be no end to experimentation.”
Zaha Hadid exhibition at the Palazzo Franchetti
Campo Santo Stefano, Venice, Italy
27 May – 27 November 2016