Padua, Palazzo della Ragione

As part of the Barbara Cappochin Biennale’s 4th Edition, a major retrospective on the 2004 Pritzker Prize-winning Zaha Hadid Architects will take place within the salone of Palazzo della Ragione. Constructed between 1172 and 1219, it is treasured as one of the most notable monuments in Padua. Its medieval roof is the largest in Europe unsupported by columns, while the frescoes that adorn the interior walls date from 1425 and provide an exacting design challenge for Hadid’s digital, liquid, and fluid aesthetic. As with each of her projects, Hadid has organized this exhibition as a direct response to its environment.

The exhibition will examine her continued experimentation and research into digital design and construction methods at the cutting edge of the industry. Considered as a large-scale installation, this retrospective of her 30-year career is classified not by the usual categories of typology or chronology, but by the design themes and agendas that generated them. These include: Lines/Bundles/Networks, Waves/Shells/Cocoons, Aggregations/Clusters/Jigsaws, Fields, Landscape & Topography, and Zaha Hadid Architects, in which a cluster is dedicated to Zaha Hadid Architects as a practice, its organization and its research.

To coincide with the exhibition, Zaha Hadid Architects have designed a 20-meter long wooden table with seating for Cavour Square in Padua. Currently Zaha Hadid Architects is working on a multitude of projects around the world, including the MAXXI: National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome.

October 27th, 2009 through March 1st, 2010
Palazzo della Ragione
Padua, Italy