st. petersburg: zaha hadid

© zaha hadid architects - zephyr sofa [2013] / photography: jacopo spilimbergo

what more can be said of zaha hadid other than that she's one of the greatest architects of our time? since establishing her own practice in london in 1980, the pritzker architecture prize winner – an honour which she shares with only one other female – has designed a number of high-profile structures around the world that push the boundaries of modernity and have a strong evocative quality at the same time. and next to that, hadid successfully dabbles in industrial design, showing off the very same brilliance. following the design of a striking private residence in suburban moscow in 2008, the iraqi-born starchitect has found a new presence in russia, this time in the country's cultural capital st. petersburgby way of a mid-career retrospective.

opening sat - jun 27 at the state hermitage museum's imposing winter palace, the showcase, officially entitled zaha hadid at the state hermitage museum, presents many of the seminal paintings, drawings, models and design objects of hadid’s forty-year repertoire, conveying the ingenuity and dynamism of her architectural projects in variety of media including film, photography and installations. interestingly, hadid has always had a connection of sorts with russia as she directly engaged with the work of the russian avant-garde early in her career, developing an artistic inventiveness that transcends the context of the russian social experiment and continues a narrative of a new spatial perception. the exhibition is part of the ongoing hermitage 20/21 project which collects, exhibits and studies the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. location: winter palace, nikolaevskiy hall, dvortsovaya naberezhnaya 34 [tsentralniy].

© zaha hadid architects / tatlin - spire and dongdaemun design plaza, seoul / photography: virgile simon bertrand