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Serpentine Gallery is one of London’s best-loved galleries for modern and contemporary art. Its Exhibition, Architecture, Education and Public Programmes attract approximately 750,000 visitors a year and admission is free.
In the grounds of the Gallery is a permanent work by artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, dedicated to the Serpentine’s former Patron Diana, Princess of Wales. The work comprises eight benches, a tree-plaque, and a carved stone circle at the Gallery’s entrance.
Gallery, Artist studio or collective
Gallery open daily from 10am to 6pm
The Serpentine Gallery offers a range of Education Programmes for all audiences, including family activities, education previews, workshops for schools and colleges, film screenings, projects, artist residencies, and publications. Information/bookings:
Sally Tallant, Head of Education Programming: 0207 298 1514
Eleanor Farrington, Education Organiser: 0207 298 1516
Underground Knightsbridge, Lancaster Gate, South Kensington
Buses 9, 10, 12, 52, 24
Parking meters in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park now
operate on Sundays and on Bank Holidays.
The Serpentine is right at the heart of contemporary culture in London and is one of the country's most popular public galleries, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. The Serpentine organises up to six exhibitions annually and is the only publicly funded gallery in London to consistently maintain free admission.
Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Film and Media, Fine Art
Fischli/Weiss: Rock on Top of Another Rock
- 7 March 2013 — 6 March 2014 *on now
The first public sculpture by the artists to be commissioned in the UK, this unique installation in Kensington Gardens, situated outside the Serpentine Gallery, echoes the earliest and most basic types of monuments found around the world: two colossal rocks seemingly balanced precariously
one on top of the other.
Formed of two glacial igneous granite boulders and standing approximately 5.5 metres high on a concrete base, the monumental sculpture will be visible from a number of viewpoints in the Park.
- Any age
Installation: Fischli/Weiss: Rock on Top of Another Rock
- 1 November 2013 — 6 March 2014 *on now
Since they began working together in the late 1970s, Swiss artists Peter Fischli (born 1952) and David Weiss (1946–2012) have become known for their transformations of the common-place and their finely-judged balance of humour and seriousness.
Fischli/Weiss’s practice crosses a wide range of media, but underpinning all of their work is a spirit of discovery that encourages us to take a fresh look at our surroundings.
Jake and Dinos Chapman: Come and See
- 29 November 2013 — 9 February 2014 *on now
Jake and Dinos Chapman create iconoclastic sculptures, installations and two-dimensional works that address a wide range of themes including morality, religion, history of art and consumer culture.
Their work is provocative and deliberately confrontational, approaching controversial subjects with irreverence and dark humour. Come and See will demonstrate the range of the Chapmans’ output - from painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, to film, music and literature - providing a unique insight into the complexity of their practice and their prolific career.
It will be the first exhibition in a London public gallery to encompass the breadth of their work since Chapmanworld at the ICA in 1996.
Bridge Commission Walk
- 28 September 2013 — 28 September 2014 *on now
Twelve writers have been invited to take part in the Serpentine Galleries' new Bridge Commission, including the award-winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Half a Yellow Sun.
A literary journey into the fertile imagination of some of the world’s most compelling fiction writers, the commission explores the five-minute walk over the bridge between the Serpentine Gallery and its stunning new addition, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.
Each month, visitors will be able to download a new text onto their mobile phones, which lasts the duration of the walk from the Serpentine Gallery, through Kensington Gardens and over the Serpentine Bridge to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.
- 29 November 2013 — 9 February 2014 *on now
The first major London exhibition of the Egyptian artist Wael Shawky, this exhibition will feature the worldwide premiere of the artist’s latest film Al Araba Al Madfuna II (2013).
Acclaimed as one of the most exciting artists to emerge from the Middle East in recent years, Wael Shawky was the recipient of the Ernst Schering Foundation Art Award in 2011 and the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in 2012.
His films, installations and performances explore history, culture and the effect of globalisation on contemporary societies using multi-layered historical reconstructions to navigate the territory between truth and myth.
Teachers' Notes for Jeff Koons Exhibition
A free resource, designed to support your visit to the Serpentine Gallery. Teachers Notes include images, key themes, ideas to explore and suggestions for discussion and practical activities at the Gallery and in the classroom.