thirty years of pritzker prize-winning architect zaha hadid's work is now on display at the Guggenheim Museum in New York through October 25, 2006. Hadid's architecture explores the dichotomy between fluidity and fragmentation, and addresses space and form at an individual and urban scale.
Arranged chronologically, the exhibition includes a variety of project documentation tools-from drawings, paintings, computer-generated renderings, and architectural models-to Hadid's more recent forays into furniture design, including the Vortexx chandelier conceived in 2005 with colleague Patrick Schumacher, in collaboration with lighting manufacturer Zumtobel and furniture company Sawaya & Moroni.
It is only in the last 15 years that Hadid has seen her work realized in built form with any frequency, and the result is a series of thought- and space-provoking structures. Hers is an architecture that explores the nature of floating planes and lines, folds and ribbons; consequently, light and shadow also find their place along the edges of volumes, in the spaces between forms, and embedded in planar surfaces. Recently completed projects, such as the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, the BMW Central Building in Leipzig, Germany, and the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany, challenge the individual to rethink her interaction with architectural form when confronted with multiple perspectives, collapsing wall planes, and movement. Hadid's work is particularly well suited to this challenging exhibition venue, with its ramp, sloped floors, and curved walls, for the very essence of her architectural approach is made manifest in the exhibition viewing experience. elizabeth donoff