Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
On view: September 20, 2011 - March 25, 2012
Zaha Hadid has advanced the language of contemporary architecture and design,exploring complex fluid geometries and using cutting-edge digital design and fabrication technologies.
For Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion Hadid has create an
all-encompassing environment to display examples of the furniture,
objects, and footwear she has designed in recent years as well as
her three-wheeled Z-Car I, an aerodynamic prototype mimicking
several of Hadid's sculptural forms.
Combining architecture and design, Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion
displays an environment of an undulating structure of finished
polystyrene with vinyl graphics based on curvilinear geometries.
Exploiting a formal language of fluid movement, Hadid's exhibition
design emphasizes the continuous nature of her work, and how the
fields of architecture, urbanism, and design are closely
interrelated in her practice.
Sleekly curving sofas, tables,and chairs made of materials
ranging from steel and aluminum to polyurethane inhabits the
gallery, while jewelry, shoes, and tableware, installed together in
small groups along a rippling wall represent the wide variety of
new and unusual shapes Hadid has introduced into the language of
Some works are disguised as micro-architecture, such as the
Coffee & Tea Set(1997), nearly unidentifiable as a set of
containers for tea, coffee, milk, and sugar. Others, including WMF
Flatware and Crevasse Vases, are more transparent in
The design expression behind the collaboration with Lacoste footwear allows the evolution of dynamic fluid grids. When wrapped around the shape of a foot, these expand and contract to negotiate and adapt to the body ergonomically. In doing so a landscape emerges, undulating and radiating as it merges seamlessly with the body./Zaha Hadid
Hadid is interested in the interface between architecture, landscape, and geology, and explores the intersection of these elements with a spatial composition that ebbs and flows in wave-like movements, manipulating the viewer's understanding of space with constantly shifting perspectives./Kathryn Bloom Hiesinger, Curator of European Decorative Arts after 1700
Last updated: December 10, 2012