Constructed Landscapes

Projects by Zaha Hadid
December 19, 1997–March 10, 1998

Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid designs buildings that look like they explode. Defying gravity and a single point of view, she creates collages of lines and planes that disrupt our usually static view of cities. At the heart of her vision are the long paintings that, like Chinese scrolls, explore her architectural projects from a succession of different perspectives. Two dozen of these arresting images are on view in the first solo museum presentation of this world-renowned architect’s work, organized by Aaron Betsky, SFMOMA curator of architecture and design.

This exhibition is supported by an anonymous donor; by the Modern Art Council, an auxiliary of the Museum; by the Architecture Foundation of San Francisco; and by the American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter, through proceeds from the 1997 Beaux Arts Ball. Transportation was provided by British Airways.

Zaha Hadid, Perspective View, 1992; Zollhof Arts and Media Center, Dusseldorf; photo: courtesy of the artist