Diana Al-Hadid’s The Fates exhibition at Secession in Vienna was breathtaking. It afforded me the opportunity to see art in a way I had never seen it before. Moments like that are rare and amazing. I went through the exhibition in the order that they were presented in the text panel which was immediately to my left upon entering the space. The text is unobtrusive and only found in one spot; it allows you to focus on the art rather than look for labels. The only exception to following the panel was Phantom Limb which you find dead center upon entering the space. Both Still Life with Gold and Sleep Walker are unique in that Al-Hadid creates a painting in three dimensions by removing pieces of the walk on both sides. It was fascinating to be able to see through the walls. I particularly liked the juxtaposition of Sleep Walker and Moving Target; you can see a shot of the two lined up perfectly below. Ending with Untitled and Blind Bust II across from each other, I found myself pondering about the message that Al-Hadid was trying to convey. I like art that makes me think so I liked Al-Hadid’s The Fates. I look forward to doing more research into her work.
Please note that the featured image is a detail from Diana Al-Hadid’s Phantom Limb, 2014.