‘ZHA Close Up – Work & Research’ exhibition at MAM Shanghai opened

MAM
Shanghai presents the first exhibition of Zaha Hadid Architects in mainland
China, with a retrospective display of projects dating from 1982 to today.

Defined by a timeline of Zaha Hadid
Architects (ZHA) formative works in China, ‘ZHA Close Up’ at MAM Shanghai
explores the pioneering research and interconnecting relationships that unite
their projects around the globe, detailing the technological innovations that
are transforming how the studio imagines, designs and constructs built
environments.

Running from 3 July – 29 August 2021, the
exhibition examines the evolution of Zaha Hadid Architects’ buildings over the
last 40 years—from the flowing urban spaces of the MAXXI Museum of 21st Century
Art in Rome (2010) and Leeza SOHO in Beijing (2019) to the studio’s
ground-breaking projects currently in development across six
continents—demonstrating a consistent desire to innovate and inspire.

Founded by the late Zaha Hadid in 1979, Zaha
Hadid Architects (ZHA) redefined architecture for the 21st century with a
repertoire of projects that have captured imaginations across the globe. Hadid
was a major figure in the world of architecture and the first woman to receive
the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. She first travelled to China in 1981
at the very beginning of her career. Like her birthplace Iraq, carved by the
Euphrates and the Tigris, China’s natural landscapes and urban settlements have
been shaped through history by its great rivers and waterways. Travelling from
north to south, visiting many Chinese cities to experience its art and
architecture, Hadid studied the methods that embed its historic architecture
within the great theatre of natural landscapes.

ZHA’s competition-winning design for the Peak
Club in Hong Kong (1982-1983) manifests Hadid’s investigations into the fluid
relationships between building and site, interior and exterior, architecture
and engineering. Defined by the topography of the surrounding mountainside, in
this and later seminal projects such as the Guangzhou Opera House (2010) and
Beijing Daxing International Airport (2019), ZHA’s work echoes the coherence of
the nature in an organic architectural language generating unrivalled spatial
experiences that are intuitive to navigate and recognised around the world.

‘ZHA Close Up’ explores the journey of four
decades of experimentation that are inscribed within ZHA’s architecture and has
seen their designs become more spatially inventive, more structurally
efficient, more technologically advanced and more environmentally sensitive
with each new design and positions their work at the forefront of architectural
practice.

Showcasing projects that have received
highest honours from civic, professional and academic institutions worldwide,
‘ZHA Close Up’ will present the studio’s pioneering research to improve how the
industry designs and constructs: 

Sustainability-  the application of detailed environmental analysis and geometry optimization techniques to maximize efficient design with less waste and consumption of resources.
Computation & Design- collaboration with the world’s most respected scientific institutions to develop innovations in robotics, artificial intelligence and digital fabrication.
ZH Social- investigation of the social interaction processes to be expected in the designed environments via agent-based simulations with differentiated agent populations and decision processes.
Analytics & Insights- data analytics and human behaviour modelling to design healthy and productive working environments that are tailor-made to overall and individual wellness.
Virtual Reality- demonstrating the remarkable possibilities immersive technologies will offer architects to collaborate and design in augmented reality.

The exhibition will also present Zaha Hadid Design (ZHD), formed in 2006 out of a need to create a separate platform to share Hadid’s distinct dialogue of contemporary design, although the ZHD portfolio encompasses 40 years of research. Today it is defined by Hadid’s inventive methodology and signature design in furniture, lighting and fashion which transcends boundaries and has a global following. ZHD has partnered with iconic brands to create exceptional one-off and limited edition pieces which form part of some of the world’s most esteemed museum collections. Each piece effortlessly conveys immaculate craftsmanship and Hadid’s virtuosity with fluid geometry. Launched in 2014 under its own label, the ‘ZHD Collection’ further expresses Hadid’s vision in an uncompromising pursuit of excellence and non-conformity to define the acclaimed brand and ensure its timeless and revered presence within the design world.

Shai Baitel, Artistic Director of MAM Shanghai, said:
“I am excited to include, as part of our interdisciplinary and immersive approach at MAM, this important exhibition, celebrating Zaha Hadid’s ingenuity. Hadid was an exceptional woman, and we are delighted to show our audience the development of her movement as a researcher, designer, and architect through various geographies and histories—and how this movement impacts the current innovative vision and work of Zaha Hadid Architects, following her untimely passing. Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) continues and expands on her legacy and MAM is proud to present this show, granting unprecedented insights into the vision of one of the most important architects of our time.”

Patrik Schumacher, Principal, Zaha Hadid Architects, said:
“With this show we aim to present who we are close up, our depth of experience, our current preoccupations, and our aspirations for the future.”

MAM Shanghai is the largest contemporary art
museum in Shanghai, measuring over 7,000 square meters. The state of the art
museum located at the heart of Shanghai’s cultural mile along the Huangpu River
is a premier institution for contemporary art with a global and
multidisciplinary approach.

‘ZHA Close Up – Work & Research’
Until 29 August 2021

MAM Shanghai
Opening times : Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 – 18:00, Last admission 17:30
Address: 4777 Binjiang Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai

www.en.mamsh.org

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