The recently departed Zaha Hadid, one of the most famous contemporary architects in the world, was an artist long before her first building was ever built. Inspired by Suprematists like Kazimir Malevich, her drawings reflect the abstract art of the Russian avant-garde. Now, some of her early art will be on display in London, as Dezeen reports.
The exhibit will be at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, whose building she renovated in 2013, and where she served as a trustee starting in 1996. It will showcase her art from before her first building was complete in 1993, covering paintings and drawings from the 1970s until the 1990s, including some rarely seen sketches from her private notebooks.
"Conceived as Hadid’s manifesto of a utopian world, the show reveals her all-encompassing vision for arranging space and interpreting realities,” the gallery press release explains. Check out some of that utopian-minded artwork:
‘Vision for Madrid’, Spain, 1992; © Zaha Hadid Foundation
Wireframe Sculpture Perspective – 2010 ‘Victoria City Aerial' Berlin, Germany, 1988; © Zaha Hadid Foundation
Concept Painting, Cardiff Bay Opera House, Wales, UK, 1994-1996; © Zaha Hadid Foundation
'Metropolis', 1988; © Zaha Hadid Foundation
Hafenstrasse Development; Hafenstrasse Development, Hamburg, Germany, 1989; © Zaha Hadid Foundation
The show runs from December 8 until February 12.