The exhibition Zaha Hadid at The State Hermitage Museum opened recently in the historic Nicolaevsky Room in the Winter Palace at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.
This is the first Russian retrospective of architecture and design projects by architect Zaha Hadid, who became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 in the theatre at the Hermitage.
The exhibition looks back over Zaha Hadid's 40 year career, from her early experiments deriving from study of the Russian avant-garde, such as The Peak Club in Hong Kong dated 1982-83, never built, to her most recent projects, represented in a various ways and forms (drawings, models, photographs, videos, etc.), including the MAXXI: Museum of XXI Century Art in Rome (2010), the London Aquatics Centre (2011) and the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku (2012).
The Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku has been identified by critic Joseph Giovannini as heralding the start of a new era in architecture: a construction that transcends the conventional distinction between architecture and the city, capable of grasping the greater complexity of modern life and the dynamism of the future.
Title: Zaha Hadid at The State Hermitage Museum
curated by Ksenia Malich, Curator of Contemporary Art Department, The State Hermitage Museum, and Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects
Date: June 27– September 27 2015
Location: The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg - Russia
Images courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects