From architecture to design, the relationship between Zaha Hadid & Italy on view at MAXXI Rome


The MAXXI – national museum of the 21st century arts in Rome celebrates the long-lasting relationship between Zaha Hadid and Italy through an exhibition presenting both architectural and product designs by on of the most visionary architects of our time, who also designed the MAXXI building.

cover: Aria & Avia Lamps, Slamp, 2013, Photography courtesy of Slamp

Along with buildings designed by ZHA in Italy (the MAXXI museum, the Maritime Terminal in Salerno, the Messner Mountain Museum Corones in South Tyrol, and the City Life housing complex in Milan) the exhibition – entitled “Zaha Hadid in Italy” and running until January 14, 2018 – also focuses on product designs developed for Italian manufacturers, perhaps a lesser known side of Zaha Hadid Architects’ work. Products developed through the same combination of rigorous approach to design and research on formal innovation which distinguished Zaha Hadid’s architectural vision since the beginning.


Crevasse Vase – Alessi, 2005 / 2011, courtesy Alessi

The exhibition features many of the products Hadid designed for Alessi, such as the Tea and Coffee Tower set, the Forma cheese grater, the Crevasse vase, and the Niche centerpiece. Together with designs for Alessi, the exhibition also features works developed for other Italian brands, including the Mercuric Table Collection and the Quad table for Citco; the Aria & Avia Lamps for Slamp; a series of sofas designed for B&B Italia, and Cassina; chairs, benches and tables for Sawaya & Moroni; and the wall shelving system developed for Magis.



Above: Tau Collection, Vase – Citco, 2015, photo Jacopo Spilimbergo, courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects. Below: Mercuric Table Collection, Citco, 2013, photo Jacopo Spilimbergo, courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects.

The exhibition, whose design was inspired by Zaha Hadid’s early sketches for the MAXXI building, features conceptual drawings and paintings, models, 3D reconstructions, interdisciplinary studies, objects, videos and photographs which depict her experimental and pioneering research.

Zaha Hadid in Italy – organized in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Design, Zaha Hadid Architects, and the Zaha Hadid Foundation, with ENI as main partner – is curated by Margherita Guccione and Woody Yao.


Zaha Hadid, City Life, Milano 2014, Photo David Bombelli, courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects


High speed-rail station Napoli-Afragola (Naples, Italy). Render. Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid in Italy
MAXXI – Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo

Roma, via Guido Reni 4a.
until January 14, 2018

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