The solo exhibit of world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, who will design the New National Stadium serving as the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, is to open at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. From Oct 18 to Dec 23.

The first large scale exhibit in Japan for Hadid will introduce models, drawing plans, photos, and paintings to provide a comprehensive view of her ideas as architect.

Born in Baghdad and currently residing in London, Hadid set up her own office in 1980. Her work won first place with recommendation from architect Arata Isozaki at a competition held in 1983, which shot her to fame. At the time, her designs were considered to be very avant-garde as they did not fit into the realm of architecture. With the technology of the time unable to realize her designs, Hadid was nicknamed as the “Queen of the Unbuilt.”

Finally in 1994, she was able to realize one of her projects. Since, she has won numerous large scale competitions and also built each of the projects. In 2004, she became the first and youngest woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Subsequently, she built the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Summer Olympics, MAXXI museum in Rome, Guangzhou Opera House in China and more. Even now, she has numerous ongoing projects with 400 people across 44 countries working for her.

In Japan, Hadid is known for designing the interior of the Neil Barrett Aoyama store and winning first place in the New National Stadium International Design Competition. The black robe-like clothes she is often seen wearing is designed by Issey Miyake.

【Exhibit Information】
Venue: Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
Address: 3-20-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Dates: Oct 18 to Dec 23
Time: 11 am to 7 pm (until 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays / entry until 30 min prior to close)
Closed: Mondays (open on Dec 22)
Admission: general 1,200 yen / high school and university students 1,000 yen