Zaha Hadid at the Institut du Monde Arabe
Chanel’s Mobile Art Container, a travelling exhibition pavilion created for Chanel, came to rest on the square in front of Jean Nouvel’s Institut du Monde Arabe earlier this year, and on Friday an exhibition dedicated to the architect that designed the structure will open within it. ‘Zaha Hadid, Une Architecture’ is the first exhibition in France dedicated to the headline-grabbing, Pritzker-prize-winning, London starchitect, and allows the visitor to experience her work on three different levels, by discovering the Mobile Art pavilion (building), experiencing the exhibition design (scenography) and seeing the international work of the practice (exhibits). The exhibition explores a series of research agendas conducted by Zaha Hadid Architects in recent years; different media is used to show the work: models, prototypes, sculptures, paintings and projections. ‘I think through our architecture, we can give people a glimpse of another world, and enthuse them, make them excited about ideas. Our architecture is intuitive, radical, international and dynamic. We are concerned with constructing buildings that evoke original experiences, a kind of strangeness and newness that is comparable to the experience of going to a new country. The Mobile Art pavilion follows these principles of inspiration’ says Hadid.
Fri 29 Apr-Sun 30 Oct.
Institut du Monde Arabe, 1 rue des Fossés-St-Bernard, 5th. www.imarabe.org