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Zaha Hadid Design: Untold

Zaha Hadid Design: Untold


“I think there should be no end to experimentation.” —Zaha Hadid (1950–2016)

September 10, 2022–February 12, 2023
Opening Reception: September 9, 2022

About the Exhibition

World-renowned architect and designer Zaha Hadid is known for her dazzling forms that defy expectations, and for her dynamic approach to design—one that matched her vivacious personality. In 2008, Hadid was announced as the winner of an international competition to design a new art museum on the campus of Michigan State University. This fall, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University commemorates its 10th anniversary, and we invite you to join us in celebrating the magnificent work and legacy of the late Zaha Hadid.

In observance of this momentous year, Zaha Hadid Design: Untold presents a design-focused retrospective that explores Hadid’s pioneering vision, and showcases the incredible range of her work and relentless pursuit of perfection. From furniture to dinnerware, fashion, jewelry, lighting, and even a prototype for an electric car, the exhibition dives into Hadid’s philosophy and approach to redefining the built environment—and our experience therein. In partnership with her studio, Zaha Hadid Design, the exhibition is testament to the power of Hadid’s creative spirit—a lasting inspiration for generations to come.

The exhibition also pays tribute to the MSU Broad Art Museum’s architectural features, and brings the museum and its galleries alive in ways never before experienced. The dynamic relationships revealed between objects and their environments within the exhibition invite visitors to consider their own experiences of the world, the places they inhabit, and objects of everyday life. Zaha Hadid Design: Untold is an unparalleled opportunity to immerse ourselves in the mind-bending brilliance of one of the most influential creative thinkers of our time.

Zaha Hadid Design: Untold is organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Major support for the exhibition is provided by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Bonnie Larson, Alan and Rebecca Ross, and the MSU Federal Credit Union.

The exhibition is curated by former Director Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Montagut and Woody Yao of Zaha Hadid Design. Additional curatorial assistance is provided by Maha Kutay and Margarita Valova of Zaha Hadid Design; Senior Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs Steven L. Bridges; Assistant Curator Rachel Winter; Curatorial Assistant Dalina A. Perdomo Álvarez; Curatorial Research and Administrative Assistants Elijah Hamilton-Wray and Thaís Wenstrom. Special thanks to the Zaha Hadid Design team for their contribution: Filipa Gomes, Filippo Nassetti, Johanna Huang, Weilong Xie, Dana Blaker, Christopher Howell, Shemima Chinery, Davide Giordano (Alpheratz), and longtime collaborator Hélène Binet.

Watch + Listen

Woody Yao and Maha Kutay, co-directors at Zaha Hadid Design, discuss the exhibition Zaha Hadid Design: Untold and Hadid’s practice.




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