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The world according to Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings at the Serpentine Gallery, review

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Metropolis, 1988, by Zaha Hadid
Metropolis, 1988, by Zaha Hadid Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects

Anyone wanting to understand the inspirations behind Zaha Hadid's extraordinary new Mathematics gallery in the Science Museum should take a short walk to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery for this tribute to the architect who died earlier this year. Comprising little-seen drawings, paintings and plans for unrealised early projects, the exhibition could hardly have a more appropriate setting: in a 19th century building converted by Hadid herself in 2013, next door to one of her signature buildings: the Magazine Restaurant with its extraordinary undulating, wave-formation roof. Despite Hadid’s reputation as a great British architect, this is one of the few places where her work, with its vertiginous curves and gravity-defying forms can be seen in the city she called home from 1972. The reasons for this relative dearth become apparent in this fascinating exhibition.

Zaha Hadid in 2012, pictured alongside some of her own pieces Credit: Christopher Pledger

Born in Baghdad in 1950, Hadid moved...

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