Italy's Berengo Foundation is set to host a multi-discipline retrospective exhibition of Zaha Hadid's work during her illustrious career. Held to coincide with the 2016 Venice Architectural Biennale, the show offers an insight into the creative thought processes of the starchitect and will feature drawings, models and paintings of her works, both completed and unrealised.

"Doing the drawings was a slow process, as they required tremendous concentration and precision," Hadid once said. "The whole system of drawing led to ideas, putting one sheet over another and tracing and reworking, like a form of reverse archaeology in a way, leading to a layering process where distortion in the drawing could lead to distortion in the building. Or extruded drawings could lead to extruded sections in buildings. The processes led to literal translations in the building."


Some of the highlights of the exhibition include three of her most iconic works: The Vitra Fire Station in Germany, the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati and the MAXXI Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome. 

"Visitors to the exhibition will have a greater understanding of Zaha Hadid's pioneering vision that redefined architecture and design for the 21st century and captured imaginations across the globe," explains Adriano Berengo, President of the Berengo Foundation. "Although I work in the art world and Dame Zaha Hadid's excellence was architecture, her work is also imbued with art, that patina that makes everything eternal, including the creator herself."

Go inside the upcoming exhibition and see the selected drawings now...


Grand Buildings Trafalgar Square

The World (89 Degrees)

The Peak

Victoria City Berlin

Malevich's Tektonik London

The Zaha Hadid exhibition by Berengo Foundation will run from May 27 until November 27 at the Palazzo Franchetti Venice, Italy. For more information, visit