Key works of each period are presented in a fully transformed gallery space designed by Zaha Hadid. This collaboration results from the idea of an architectural homage by Zaha Hadid to the famous Merzbau of Kurt Schwitters. Having successfully realised a similar project seven years ago, where Hadid transformed Galerie Gmurzynska, Zurich into a Suprematist space in reference to Kasimir Malevich, this collaborative project pays tribute to the second important artistic influence on Hadid’s work – Kurt Schwitters.
Schwitters’ Merzbau has been described as a living, inhabited collage, ever-shifting and expanding, and this was the starting point for Hadid’s exhibition design which pushes beyond mere random collage to embrace the unpredictable richness and the complex variegated order found in nature. Seminal paintings and sculptures by Schwitters are married with Zaha Hadid’s works to define an evolving ecology within the gallery; a process of mutual adaptation facilitated by a mediating connective tissue that morphs between the aggregated objects, receives them, embeds them and thereby connects them into a complex, unitary spatial construct.
“This design process is capable of delivering an intricate order, open ended and unpredictable, but at any time highly articulate. It is full of contingencies, but forges a unique, path-dependent identity,” explains Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid’s collaborator of three decades.
“The project was only possible through our extraordinary partnership with the late Zaha Hadid and Zaha Hadid Architects. A partnership that has formed over a decade. One of our most memorable collaborations was Zaha’s selection of Suprematist works by the Russian avant-garde juxtaposed with her architecture at Galerie Gmurzynska. The current Schwitters exhibition with Zaha Hadid’s exhibition design, is the logical complement to the Suprematism exhibition and takes place in the same space. Zaha’s spirit is ingrained in the DNA of Zaha Hadid Architects and this exhibition is a testimony both to her and to the continuous creative powers of Zaha Hadid Architects under the leadership of Patrik Schumacher,” said Mathias Rastorfer, CEO and co-owner of the Gmurzynska Galleries.
Zaha Hadid Architects website: www.zaha-hadid.com
Photos Credits: Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska
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