Zaha Hadid Show in Venice Will Celebrate Architect’s Career

Zaha Hadid Show in Venice Will Celebrate Architect’s Career
A 1985 painting by Zaha Hadid of a plan to transform Trafalgar Square in London. The design was never realized

An impromptu retrospective of the work of the Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid will open in Venice this month during the city’s Architecture Biennale. It will be the first Hadid exhibition since her death on March 31 at age 65.

The 10-room exhibition, which will run from May 26 to Nov. 27 at the Palazzo Franchetti, is financed by the Fondazione Berengo, a Venetian foundation that promotes the art of glass making.

The show will offer an overview of 35 years of Ms. Hadid’s career, from unrealized early projects — including a 1985 plan to transform Trafalgar Square in London — to works in progress, such as a port headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium, that is to open in September and a residential building on the High Line in New York that is due to be finished early next year. The retrospective will be announced this week by Ms. Hadid’s studio and the foundation.

The idea for a Hadid exhibition came up in October when the Fondazione Berengo’s director, Jane Rushton, got in touch with Ms. Hadid on a visit to London. Ms. Hadid subsequently designed sinuous, vase-like sculptures for the Berengo glassmaking studio, which have yet to be produced, said Adriano Berengo, the studio’s founder. Berengo is based in Murano, in the Venetian Lagoon, and has worked with artists including Jake and Dinos Chapman and Joana Vasconcelos. […]

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