INVENTORY OF THE ZAHA HADID DRAWINGS FOR "THE GREAT UTOPIA" EXHIBITION, 1992

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INVENTORY OF THE ZAHA HADID DRAWINGS FOR "THE GREAT UTOPIA" EXHIBITION, 1992

Accession no. 950083

Finding aid prepared by Scott Wolf
Getty Research Institute

Contact Information:

  • The Getty Research Institute
  • Research Library
  • Special Collections and Visual Resources
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
  • Los Angeles, California 90049-1688
  • Phone: (310) 440-7390
  • Fax: (310) 440-7780
  • Email Requests: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/library/reference_form.html
  • URL: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/library/
Processed by:
Scott Wolf
Date Completed:
1997, revised April 2004
Encoded by:
Philip Curtis, revised by Julio Vera
©1998 J. Paul Getty Trust.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Zaha Hadid drawings for "The Great Utopia" exhibition
Date (inclusive): 1992
Collection number: 950083
Creator: Hadid, Zaha
Extent: ca. 6 linear feet (79 drawings)
Repository: Getty Research Institute
Research Library
Special Collections and Visual Resources
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
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 in English

Administrative Information

Access

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.

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.

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

Constructivism (Architecture)—Russia—Exhibitions

Genres and Forms of Material

Design drawings—1992


Box 1

Ideas for Avant-garde Russian Exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, N.Y. 1992

Box 1, Folder 1

32 study drawings, Russian Avant-garde Exhibition

Scope and Content Note

black ink on mylar film. 298 x 298 mm.
Box 1, Folder 2

Tatlin Tower Interpretation

Box 1, Folder 2

Seven drawings

Box 1, Folder 2

1. Rotunda Study Plan: photocopy/watercolor/acrylic on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 2

2. Rotunda Study Plan: photocopy/watercolor/acrylic on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 2

3. Study: photocopy/watercolor on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 2

4. Rotunda Study Plan: acrylic/pencil on black paper. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 2

5. Study: acrylic/pencil on black paper. 411 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 2

6. Rotunda Perspective Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 2

7. Rotunda Perspective Study: acrylic/pencil/watercolor on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 3

Storm of Paintings, Suprematist Walls

Box 1, Folder 3

Five drawings

Box 1, Folder 3

1. Annex Perspective: acrylic/pencil on cream paper. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 3

2. Annex Perspective: acrylic/pencil on black cartridge paper. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 3

3. Annex Perspective: acrylic/pencil on cream paper. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 3

4. Annex Study: ink/acrylic/watercolor on cream paper. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 3

5. Annex Perspective Study: acrylic/pencil on cream paper. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 4

Zig Zag Wall

Box 1, Folder 4

Two drawings

Box 1, Folder 4

1. Zig Zag Perspective: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 4

2. Zig Zag Perspective: acrylic/pencil on cartridge paper. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 4

Porcelain Beams, Textile Wall

Box 1, Folder 4

Two drawings

Box 1, Folder 4

3. Beam with Tableware: acrylic/pencil on black cartridge paper. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 4

4. Plan: acrylic/pencil on black cartridge paper. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 4

Black Room

Box 1, Folder 4

Two drawings

Box 1, Folder 4

5. Black Room with Spotlit Paintings: Acrylic/pencil on cream paper. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 4

6. Black Room with Spotlit Paintings: acrylic/pencil on black cartridge paper. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 5

Globe Room

Box 1, Folder 5

3 drawings

Box 1, Folder 5

1. Study: acrylic/white ink on black cartridge paper. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 5

2. Perspective Study: acrylic/black ink/pencil on cream paper. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 5

3. Perspective Study: acrylic/pencil on paper. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 5

Skyline of Tectonics

Box 1, Folder 5

Three drawings

Box 1, Folder 5

4. Perspective Study: acrylic/pencil on black cartridge paper. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 5

5. Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 5

6. Skyline of Tectonics: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 5

Maze Room 1st Discussion (1 item)

Box 1, Folder 5

7. Study: acrylic on black cartridge paper. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 6

Bent Tectonic

Box 1, Folder 6

Eleven drawings

Box 1, Folder 6

1. Computer Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 6

2. Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 6

3. Computer Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 6

4. Computer Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 6

5. Perspective Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 6

6. Perspective Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 6

7. Perspective Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 6

8. Perspective Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 6

9. Perspective Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 6

10. Perspective Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 6

11. Perspective Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 7

Bent Tectonic

Box 1, Folder 7

Eleven drawings

Box 1, Folder 7

1. Perspective Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 7

2. Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 7

3. Perspective Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 7

4. Perspective Study: acrylic/pencil/photocopy on cream paper. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 7

5. Perspective Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 7

6. Perspective Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 7

7. Perspective Study: acrylic/black ink on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 7

8. Perspective Study: acrylic/photocopy/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 7

9. Perspective Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 7

10. Computer Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 1, Folder 7

11. Computer Study: acrylic/pencil on cream card. 298 x 298 mm.

Box 2

Display Boxes 1992

Scope and Content Note

3 black display boxes, made expressly for the drawings. 320 x 320 mm.