The 23rd June saw the opening of the exhibition “ L'Italia di Zaha Hadid” with which Maxxiin Rome celebrates its architect, Zaha Hadid, who died on 31st March 2016.
Maxxi was the first building that Zaha Hadid designed in Italy and it won her the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2010. The National Museum of 21st Century Art in Rome was followed by the Messner Mountain Museum in Plan de Corones, the Salerno sea port, the City Life project which is nearing completion in Milan and the recent high speed rail station in Afragola (Naples). Zaha Hadid had an important relationship with Italy that is not limited merely to architecture and a large part of the exhibition is dedicated to design made in Italy.
The exhibition includes objects and furniture that can be seen as real architecture, as they share a common design process. They are all works that are the result of constant experiments, presented in the exhibition through drawings, prototypes and videos. The designs range from sofas created for B&B Italia and Cassina, chairs and tables for Sawaya & Moroni, lights for Slamp and vases for Alessi, modular bookshelves for Magis and the ’B.zero1 ring for Bulgari, also touching on fashion with the bag designed for Fendi for a charity event.
The display by Zaha Hadid Design recreates a three-dimensional version of the sketches that the architect made for Maxxi. Fluid lines that adapt to the curves and slopes of Gallery 5, where the exhibition is held. To complete the retrospective, there is a look at all the architecture created by Zaha Hadid in various parts of the world, on a 20 m wall with video screenings and photos by Hélène Binet.
Title: L'Italia di Zaha Hadid
Date: 23rd June 2017 – 14th January 2018
Images courtesy of Fondazione MAXXI, photo by Musacchio & Ianniello
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