Zaha Hadid: The Architect

“You remind me of someone… a man I met in a half-remembered dream. A man possessed of some radical notions.”

Zaha Hadid was a very famous architect. She was born in Iraq in 1950 lived in London and worked everywhere. Hadid started each project thinking that the world was not a rectangle. Reality has several faces, a number of perspectives and billions of angles. In the early stages of her career she was fascinated by the concept of break, split, divisions in one unit, like the spikes of icebergs, like cliffs in ranges of mountains.buildings

She became an expert at shaping the concrete in fluid and organic forms. Her buildings look like giant glassy white or grey snakes, beehives, frozen waves. You can find her plastic buildings from Italy to Chine, from USA to Azerbaijan.zaha

Zaha justified her choices by saying that today’s technology allow us to experience buildings with excitement and to explore, also in this field, the infinite possibilities of the unexpected. She imposed her buildings and therefore her visions as a breakthrough, and didn’t hide that it’s ok to preserve traditions and heritage but also to dispose of the old. Perhaps she wass missing a bit on color. Her works are astonishing but they don’t exude much warmth; probably they should sit in more comprehensive and consistent new urban schemes where would stand out as jewels on the crown.

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Tamara de Lempicka, she comes forth bold

a cold and disturbing beauty through which pierces a formidable being

Auto Journal (1974)

Polish, born in 1898. Tamara de Lempicka belonged to a wealthy family who allowed her to dedicate completely to visual art during her youth. At 15 years old de Lempicka moved to Russia where in a short time she found a husband, the lawyer Tadeus Lempicki. When the Russian Revolution exploded in 1917 and Taudeus was arrested by Bolsheviks, the artist exercised all her charm, richness and diplomacy to free him. And she made it, leaving Russia for London first and later for Paris. For the 3 decades onwards Tamara de Lempicka despite giving birth to a baby fully committed to her works and social life.

Her lifestyle was definetly bohemian, entertaining romantic relationships with both women and men, and her social life was frenetic; Tamara’s circle of friends included Picasso, Cocteau, D’Annunzio and Tyrone Power. De Lempicka had commissions from King Alfonso XIII of Spain, and Queen Elizabeth of Greece, her works were exposed in the major exhibitions of the era all around the western world.

The economic downturns caused by the Great Depression and Second World War had no effect on her works and introits.The interest in her art plunged during the 60s but soared again in the 70s. She died in 1980 as a prominent artist of Art Deco and XIX century in general.