Zaha Hadid Virtual Reality Experiences: The World (89 Degrees), 1983

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The significance of technology’s rapid development and our ever-changing lifestyles in creating a new and exhilarating backdrop for architecture

Zaha Hadid: Virtual Reality Experience, 2016: The World (89 Degrees), 1983 © Zaha Hadid Foundation 2016

‘I made this painting to have a record of what I was thinking at the time. That’s why I decided to call it ‘The World’, because that’s what it was for me – a world of projects I had designed by 1983.’– Zaha Hadid

The World (89 Degrees)

Representing the culmination of Hadid’s seven-year exploration into architecture’s unchartered territory whilst studying at London’s Architecture Association, this painting acknowledges the significance of technology’s rapid development and our ever-changing lifestyles as pivotal in creating a new and exhilarating backdrop for architecture. In this new global context, Hadid sought to reinvestigate the untested experiments of Modernism – not to resurrect them, but to reveal new possibilities for building. The World (89 Degrees) simultaneously compresses and expands the projects that she had carried out over several years, offering a new interpretation of the fabric of architecture and urbanism.

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The World (89 Degrees)
1983
Acrylic on canvas
220 x 189 x 5 cm

© Zaha Hadid Foundation 2016

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