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Hadid (Zaha) Drawings and slides for "The Great Utopia" Exhibition, 1992
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Zaha Hadid drawings and slides for "The Great Utopia" exhibition
    Date (inclusive): 1992
    Number: 950083
    Creator/Collector: Hadid, Zaha
    Physical Description: 6.2 Linear Feet (79 drawings, 97 slides)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles 90049-1688
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: A collection of 79 drawings and paintings from contemporary architect, Zaha Hadid (b. 1950) executed for the design of the exhibition of Russian Constructivist art, "The Great Utopia" (Guggenheim Museum, 1992). There are 32 ink drawings and 47 acrylic paintings, grouped thematically by installation.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Zaha Hadid is a leading architect, currently practicing in London, whose work encompasses urban planning, interior design, and product and furniture design. She was born in Iraq in 1950 and received her degree in mathematics at the American University in Beirut. From 1972 to 1977, Hadid attended the Architectural Association in London where she encountered the work of the architects Elias Zenghelis and Rem Koolhaas. After completing her studies, Hadid joined the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) as a partner and worked on the Dutch House of Parliament Extension in the Hague. She established her own practice in London in 1979 and soon after won the Peak International Design Competition, Hong Kong, in 1983. This award was the first of Hadid's many international exhibitions, awards and commissions. Since 1986, Hadid has intermittently taught architectural design at the Architectural Association, London; the Graduate School of Design, Harvard; and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University. Hadid is known and admired as much for her extraordinary abstract, deconstructionist architectural drawings as for her built designs, which, though few, include the fire station in Vitra Germany and the IBA housing block in Berlin.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Zaha Hadid drawings for "The Great Utopia" exhibition, 1992, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 950083.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1995.

    Processing History

    Scott Wolf processed and described the collection in 1997. Annette Leddy edited this finding aid, July 1997.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection of drawings by Zaha Hadid contains 32 ink drawings (on mylar) and 47 acrylic paintings (on black and cream paper) that the architect executed for the design of the exhibition of Russian Constructivist art, "The Great Utopia," held at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 1992. Hadid's drawings demonstrate her debt to Russian Suprematism and Constructivism, especially the work of Kasimir Malevich, Ivan Leonidov, El Lissitzsky and Konstatin Melnikov, as they offer spaces where these designers' work can be reexperienced and reinterpreted. Hadid recreates Malevich's "Tectonic" as a curved or "bent" form and uses color in a manner reminiscent of Theo van Doesburg and members of De Stijl. As always, she defies conventions of architectural drawing to evoke disorienting perceptual effects and, in this case, to undermine and extend those of the Guggenheim.
    The collection includes designs that were not implemented for the exhibition as well as those that were. Apart from 32 "Study Drawings," the drawings are grouped by installation, each installation concerning a certain theme or interpretation of a Constructivist thematic: "Tatlin Tower," "Suprematist Walls," "Zig Zag Wall," "Porcelain Beams," "Black Room," "Globe Room," "Skyline of Tectonics," "Maze Room," and "Bent Tectonic." The black display boxes that originally housed the collection have been placed in a separate box (Box 2).

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Constructivism (Architecture) -- Russia -- Exhibitions

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Design drawings -- 1992


    Hadid, Zaha