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Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion / Philadelphia Museum of Art

Zaha Hadid is one of the world’s most popular architects and designers. The Iraqi-British architect created landmark buildings such as the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany; the Bergisel Ski Jump in Innsbruck, Austria; the Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion; the MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in Rome, Italy; the Guangzhou Opera House in Guangzhou, China; and the London Aquatics Centre in London, UK. In 2004 she became the first female recipient of the renowned Pritzker Architecture Prize.

The exhibition Form in Motion at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is the first in the United States that features her product designs. On display are works such as her three-wheeled Z-car I, Swarovski crystal–encrusted necklaces and bracelets, and shoes made for Lacoste and Melissa. The Zephyr sofa and the Z-Chair make their US-debut in this show. Zaha Hadid presents the objects in an architectural design that she developed specifically for the exhibition space of the museum.

In this video, Kathryn Bloom Hiesinger (Curator of European Decorative Arts after 1700, Philadelphia Museum of Art) talks about the concept of the exhibition and the exhibition architecture, the significance of Zaha Hadid and her influence on young architects and designers, the evolution of Zaha Hadid’s design language, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The above video is an excerpt, the complete interview is available after the jump.

On November 19, Collab, a group of design professionals and enthusiasts who support the Museum’s modern and contemporary design collection, will honor Zaha Hadid with the 2011 Design Excellence Award. Collab’s Student Design Competition (offered since 1993) challenges area college students studying architecture and industrial design to be inspired by themes closely associated with the Design Excellence Award winner and the corresponding exhibition.

Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Exhibition walk-through and interview with Kathryn Bloom Hiesinger (Curator of European Decorative Arts after 1700, Philadelphia Museum of Art). Philadelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Building, September 27, 2011.

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Chanel Mobile Art, Central Park, New York / Pavilion by Zaha Hadid

Until November 9, 2008, the Central Park in New York hosts Chanel Mobile Art and the Chanel Contemporary Art Container by Zaha Hadid. The futuristic pavilion designed by Prizker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid presents changing installations of works by contemporary artists from all over the world. Among the participating artists are Tabaimo, Nobuyoshi Araki, Loris Cecchini, Michael Lin, Yoko Ono, Y.Z. Kami, Daniel Buren, Leandro Erlich (VTV’s coverage of his work at P.S.1 here), Blue Noses, Sylvie Fleury, Subodh Gupta, Lee Bul, Fabrice Hyber, Yang Fudong. Mobile Art was commissioned by Chanel and conceived by the company’s designer Karl Lagerfeld. It was originally imagined as a means to mark the first appearance fifty years ago of the iconic CHANEL “2.55” quilted stitched-leather handbag.
The Mobile Art Container is sited in Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield on the East Side of Manhattan, off Fifth Avenue at 69th Street. It is open to the public through November 9, 2008.
This video provides views of the outer and inner hull of the pavilion, an exhibition walk-through and statements by Barbara Cirkva, Division President Fashion, Watches and Fine Jewelry at Chanel, and Douglas Blonsky, President of the Central Park Conservancy and Central Park Administrator.
Press Prevew, October 20, 2008.
PS: For more videos on Zaha Hadid (Phaeno Science Center etc.), klick here!
PPS: See also the review of Chanel Mobile Art by Nicolai Ouroussoff at the New York Times.

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Nature Design / Museum of Design Zurich

“Nature Design – From Inspiration to Innovation” at the Museum fr Gestaltung in Zrich / Switzerland presents more than 500 objects and projects that are inspired by nature. The visitor will find works by over 150 artists and designers, among them: Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Fernando & Humberto Campana, Richard Hutten, Ross Lovegrove, Karim Rashid, Marc Newson, Zaha Hadid, and Herzog & de Meuron. The video includes an interview with Angeli Sachs, the curator of the exhibition. Opening reception of the exhibition “Nature Design” (August 10 – December 2, 2007), Museum of Design Zurich, August 9, 2007. The publication on the exhibition is available via the museum’s e-shop in English and German.

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Zaha Hadid: Ideal House Cologne 07 / IMM Cologne

Zaha Hadid: Ideal House Cologne 07 / IMM Cologne
Zaha Hadid’s ideal house at IMM Cologne appears as a big, red cube, hollowed out and morphed into a sequence of rooms that lead into one another and also open up wide to the outside. Zaha Hadid’s ideal house cologne “retains the traditional form of the home as a unit and protective shell. The rest, however, is completely unconventional: The two-story structure has no roof, the walls and furniture appear to grow directly out of a floor that in some cases is totally uneven, and the ceiling is an arched sky. The inside and outside, the top and the bottom – everything blends together fluently.” (PR IMM). IMM Cologne, January 16, 2007.
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Zaha Hadid: Selected Works / Designer’s Gallery Gabrielle Ammann

Zaha Hadid: Selected Works at Designer's Gallery Gabrielle Ammann
Designer’s Gallery / Gabrielle Ammann presents selected pieces from the work of architect and 2004 laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Zaha Hadid. On display are design objects, architectural models and Zaha Hadid’s “Silver Paintings” in an effort to make the interrelationship of architecture, design and art visible. The exhibition runs through March 25, 2007. Designer’s Gallery / Gabrielle Ammann, Cologne. Impressions from the opening and the private view, January 15/16, 2007.
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