Late architect Zaha Hadid has posthumously transformed Zurich’s Galerie Gmurzynska with an installation for its retrospective of Dada artist Kurt Schwitters.
Hadid designed the space before her death in March. Galerie Gmurzynska director Mathias Rastorfer and the architect’s long-time collaborator Patrik Schumacher have now completed the installation, which takes cues from Schwitters’ iconic Merzbau, a house in Germany’s Hanover.
The design echoes the artist’s jagged, grotto-like spaces, which displayed all kinds of objects. Hadid reinterpreted Merzbau, giving it the curves that became a signature of her work.
Rastorfer said: ‘The architecture for our ‘MERZ – Kurt Schwitters’ exhibition was entirely Zaha Hadid’s concept, fully formulated before her death and discussed in detail with me and with her team.’
The exhibition features more than 70 of Schwitters’ pieces, from paintings to his ‘readymades’, a staple of Dadaism where everyday objects become works of art.
This wasn’t the first time Hadid had worked with the Zurich gallery, which specialises in Russian avant-garde art – also an ongoing inspiration for the architect since her days as a student.
She carried out a similar installation for the gallery back in 2010 when she turned it into a Suprematist-inspired space, drawing on the work of artist Kasimir Malevich.
The Kurt Schwitters retrospective runs until 30 September and coincides with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dadaism in Zurich.