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British architect 'immortalised' at National Portrait Gallery

Published: Wednesday 1st of October 2008

A portrait of British architect Zaha Hadid was entered into the National Portrait Gallery today.

Hadid, 57, wearing one of her distinctive lssey Miyake jackets, appears as a line drawing along with a live LCD monitor hangs like a painting which creates varying colour schemes in the picture through computer software.

The portrait was designed by Michael Craig- Martin, who taught British artist Damien Hirst. The design's intention is to symbolise the computer process in Hadid’s architectural work.

"I have great respect for Michel Craig-Martin's work," Iraq-born Hadid said.

"Since I was a child visiting the gallery with my parents, the collection has offered me moments of reflection and fascination."

Hadid has designed the Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Games and in 2004 became the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize for Architecture.

The National Portrait Gallery will display over 150 photographs by Annie Leibovitz in a new exhibition entitled A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005, which will launch on October 16th.

Visitors can gain entry to the National Portrait Gallery using their London Pass

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