Celebrating Women Artists Film Series: Zaha Hadid

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 — 10:30am - 12:00pm

Celebrating Women Artists Film Series: Zaha Hadid 

Join the Bruce Museum in celebrating Women’s History Month with a film series highlighting women artists. 

ZAHA: An Architectural Legacy

Completed one year after Zaha Hadid’s death in 2016, this film takes a look at the famed Iraqi-British architect’s career, and legacy, through five stages which signal significant progressions in her work. The film begins with her drawings and paintings while at the Architectural Association, then captures her first built project at Vitra, moving on to the Stirling Prize-winning MAXXI, which secured her place in the architectural canon, and the London Aquatics Centre – a building which made her known to the public – and finishes with the Maths Gallery at the Science Museum, completed just months after her death.

Featuring interviews with those who knew her, including long-time collaborator Patrik Schumacher, architects Eva Jiricna and Nigel Coates, urbanist Ricky Burdett, AJ editor-in-chief Christine Murray and engineer Hanif Kara, the film gives thoughtful insight into the impact Zaha had on the architectural profession.

Produced by Laura Mark and filmed by Jim Stephenson for the AJ. (Run time 27 min.)

Zaha Hadid: Phaeno, Building as Landscape

Completed in 2005, Zaha Hadid's Phaeno Science Center is spaceship-like structure located between downtown Wolfsburg, Germany, and the VW Autostadt. A great concrete and glass triangle, the project satisfies two ambitions: for Hadid, it is one of her first major works; and for the city, it is a statement of identity in the face of Volkswagen’s powerful tax base. Built on large cone bases housing museum reception, café, and gift shop areas, the main exhibition hall contains 250 scientific experiments providing learning and amusement opportunities for children and adults. The building frees public space below and suggests a way of being part of the world and yet feeling space; as Zaha Hadid says: “the landscape is the plan.” This Richard Copans documentary is part of the series “Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture.” Directed by Richard Copans; France, 2007. (Run Time 26 min.).  

 Free with admission to the Museum, reservations are required.

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