Understanding Zaha

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Some insight into the striking”Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building: the work of the Soviet Constructivists.

That work is the subject of a new exhibition at the Royal Academy in London. Click through this slide show of architecture and paintings in the show.

Hadid wrote her thesis on the tectonics of one of the constructivists, Kasimir Malevich. You see this influence immediately upon entering the exhibit on the print fabric on a pair of sofas. There is the earth, as Hadid understands it, not as a rectilinear plane, but as upheaval and motion.

Hadid will be here November 19 to the receive the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Collab Award for Design Excellence.

About the author

Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin’s latest book is the novel Lion and Leopard (The Head and The Hand Press). He is also the author of Song of the City (Four Walls Eight Windows/Basic Books) and The Possible City (Camino Books). He is senior writer and script editor of the Emmy-winning documentary series “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” and the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine. His essays and book reviews appear in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Kenyon Review, The Millions, and Fanzine.

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