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August 28, 2012

Zaha Hadid Exhibits Design Prowess in Madrid

By Erin Schumaker | Art

Zaha Hadid Exhibits Design Prowess in Madrid
Jacopo Spilimbergo

Designer and architect Zaha Hadid is known for making waves, sometimes quite literally. After years as a controversial figure in the architecture world, Hadid became the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. More recent accomplishments include designing the Maxxi museum in Rome and the aquatics center for this summer’s Olympic games in London. The 61-year-old’s fluid designs continue to challenge convention, and “Zaha Hadid. Beyond Boundaries, Art and Design” at Ivorypress Space in Madrid (opening September 4) showcases a wide sampling of the artist’s work.

Dawings, paintings, reliefs, installations and furniture design comprise the collection. From her London studio, for example, Hadid’s Liquid Glacial table (shown above) is an ethereal structure of rippled glass that seems to pour from top to legs in one fluid motion. “What is so inspiring and intriguing about the astounding output of Zaha Hadid is the imaginative, inventive and unquenchable expression of curiosity and creativity,” says exhibition curator Kenny Schachter. “Hadid defies pigeonholing in a world increasingly defined by uniformity.” September 4 through November 3; 48–46 C/Comandante Zorita; 34-91/449-0961; ivorypress.com.