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Melodie Leung – Zaha Hadid and Suprematism

Excerpt from the book “Zaha Hadid and Suprematism”, published by Galerie Gmurzynska in collaboration with Hatje Cantz on the occasion of an exhibition at the gallery space in Zurich, designed by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher.

Excerpt from the book “Zaha Hadid and Suprematism”, published by Galerie Gmurzynska in collaboration with Hatje Cantz on the occasion of an exhibition at the gallery space in Zurich, designed by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher.

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ZAHA HADID

AND

SUPREMATISM

GALERIE GMURZYNSKA


Melodie Leung

Zaha Hadid and Suprematism

Galerie Gmurzynska presents a seminal exhibition curated and designed

by Zaha Hadid juxtaposing works of the Russian avant garde with the

work of Zaha Hadid Architects. A bright explosion of Russian works

pierces through the contemporary works of Zaha Hadid in a dynamic

black-and-white design. The dialogue of these works constantly shifts

and realigns as one moves through the space focusing on four themes:

abstraction, distortion, fragmentation, and flotation.

A site-specific artwork, the exhibition design is a projection of a

two-dimensional drawing onto a three-dimensional space. The gallery

has become a spatial painting in which the threshold of the picture plane

has expanded and can be entered. Spanning almost a century of time,

inextricably linked creative manifestos have been superimposed into a

simultaneous and on-going dialogue.

Suprematism, led by Kazimir Malevich alongside supporters and

students such as El Lissitzky, Ilya Chashnik, and Nikolai Suetin, forged

new forms of expression through abstraction. They sought innovation by

re-conceptualizing the essence of painting, beginning by conceiving the

blank canvas as a construction in itself. They were not interested in static

reproductions of the surrounding world but in expanding the edge of the

universe they understood through the building up and invention of dynamic

new forms. It was this creative and productive energy that inspired Zaha

Hadid, who has since established through her work a formative

exploration and perpetually inventive vision for delineating new and

expansive spatial possibilities.

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