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The Original Avengers Actors Pay Tribute to Stan Lee

The stars and crew of the Marvel Cinematic Universe continue to show love and tribute to Stan Lee following the Marvel Comics creator’s death earlier this week. News of the Marvel legend’s death broke on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, whe he had been rushed to the hospital early that morning, before passing away. He was 95 years old.

While the original six Avengers actors all made tributes to Lee on Twitter following the news of his passing, they have decided to assemble yet again now honoring Lee’s legacy with a full-page magazine ad.

The full-page ad taken out by the original six Avengers appeared in this week issue of The Hollywood Reporter, along with five other full-page ads honoring Stan Lee. Signed by Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans, the tribute to Stan Lee is set against the logo of the Avengers in gray. The ad was revealed by THR’s editor on Twitter.

 

Lee, of course, was part of the MCU not just in spirit as he had a cameo in every film and TV show in the franchise. In fact, we will probably see Lee on screen several more times: He filmed cameos for Captain Marvel and Avengers 4, and may have filmed others. It will be interesting to see how his absence affects the universe in the future.

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The stars and crew of the Marvel Cinematic Universe continue to show love and tribute to Stan Lee following the Marvel Comics creator’s death earlier this week. News of the Marvel legend’s death broke on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, whe he had been...

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Tribute to Kurt Schwiters by Zaha Hadid

Filling the whole lower floor of Galerie Gmurzynska in Zurich Switzerland, the installation produced by Zaha Hadid is open this week. The installation is half iceberg, half cave and half shrine, made as an homage to the world famous Dadaist Kurt Schwitters. Impressed by Kurt’s destroyed “Merzbau”, that existed between 1923 and 1937, an dynamic collage sculpture that used his entire workspace, Hadid made an huge “cave” to show the artist’s past works. Just like the “Merzbau,” Hadid also included artworks with furniture and architectural features in the collage. These artworks are very similar to reliefs from Schwitters’s career, as well as the selected amount of illustrated personal correspondence. Hadid’s furniture is made of undulating marble tables, modular seating elements and bizarre shelves.

Hadid worked on the show with the idea to present it just on the day when Dada movement celebrates its centenary, with a help of the gallery director Mathias Rastorfer, until she suddenly died in March this year. “Obviously she died before it was finished: all the ideas were there, the concepts were there, we had talked about every detail, but it hadn’t been realized. It’s literally the last project of Zaha, finished by her team.” – said Rastorfer. The senior designer and director of Zaha Hadid Architects, Patrick Schumacher took the situation in his hands, leading the studio to the completition of the project.

Schumacher was working often with Hadid since 1988, and pretty much understands the architect’s interest in modern art, like someone who played a significant role in the development of her vision. “Zaha Hadid’s most radical expansion of design repertoires for architecture and urbanism is inspired by an explosion of possibilities through early abstract art movements at the beginning of the century,” – said Patrick Schumacher. He explains some of signature elements in Hadid’s work that can be easily related to Dada and similar art movements. Those elements would be the manipulation of perspective, from the explosion of shapes away from a fixed point,  to the concept of a building as a single flowing landscape. Schumacher also understands Hadid’s admiration and respect of chance and chaos that came directly from experiments of the avant-garde. “Every now and then we need radical brainstorming mutation sessions where we have to give ourselves up and allow ourselves to be thrust and pushed out of that space of preconception. I think that’s the profound message of Dada.” – he explained.

This wasn’t Zaha Hadid’s first collaboration with Zurich’s Galerie Gmurzynska. in 2009, she created a Kazimir Malevich exhibition for the venerable gallery, which is the source of a close and good relationship with director Rastorfer. In early preparation stages of this project, she demanded from Rastorfer to give his best to save the only Schwitters structure still remaining, the “Merz Barn” in England’s Lake District. It resulted in giving a donation of £25,000 to have ‘Merz Barn’ restored and saved.

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid was an British architect born in Iraq. She was the first Arab woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 2004. She also won the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 2015 she became the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in her own right.

Filling the whole lower floor of Galerie Gmurzynska in Zurich Switzerland, the installation produced by Zaha Hadid is open this week. The installation is half iceberg, half cave and half shrine, made as an homage to the world famous Dadaist Kurt Schwitters...