Serpentine Gallery

Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens
London
Greater London
W2 3XA
England

Website

www.serpentinegallery.org

E-mail

Information

information@serpentinegallery.org

Telephone

Information

020 7402 6075

Recorded information

020 7298 1515

Fax

020 7402 4103

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Family Day, 26 July 2009, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
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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.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Gallery open daily from 10am to 6pm

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

Education:
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

Travel:
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.

Collection details

Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Film and Media, Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
photograph of garden hose sculpture by Bertrand Lavier

Bertrand Lavier: Fountain 2014

  • 14 October 2014 — 4 October 2015 *on now

Celebrated French artist Bertrand Lavier, renowned for his inspirational sculptures made from assembled and modified found objects, has been commissioned by the Serpentine to create a fountain within the grounds of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

Following Rock On Top of Another Rock by Fischli/Weiss the fountain is part of the Serpentine’s ongoing outdoor commissions in Kensington Gardens and will be in situ for one year.

Bertrand Lavier’s Fountain is a playful interpretation of this most traditional of garden features; instead of a classical sculpture of a figure or natural form, the jets of water emanate from an apparently unruly mass of garden hoses.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Serpentine Sackler Gallery
W Carriage Dr, London W2

Website

http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/bertrand-lavier-fountain-2014

photograph of couple viewing Julio Le Parc installation

Julio Le Parc

  • 25 November 2014 — 15 February 2015 *on now

The first major exhibition in the UK by Argentinian-born artist Julio Le Parc (1928, lives in France), who is known for creating artworks that dynamically animate and transform space through light. Featuring seminal installations and interactive works from the early 1960s to the present day, Le Parc’s playful and mesmerising exhibition transforms the Gallery and actively involves visitors.

Le Parc began to make geometrical abstract paintings in 1959 based on pre-determined systems, first in black and white, then in colour. In the early 1960s he began working in three dimensions, incorporating moving, projected and reflected lights. From 1964 onwards he began producing works based on distorting mirrors and the displacement of the spectator by means of labyrinths and play rooms.

Where

Serpentine Sackler Gallery
W Carriage Dr, London W2

Website

http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/julio-le-parc

photograph of artwork by Reiner Ruthenbeck

Reiner Ruthenbeck

  • 25 November 2014 — 15 February 2015 *on now

This is the first major survey in the UK of German sculptor and conceptual artist Reiner Ruthenbeck (born 1937, Germany).

Ruthenbeck is an orchestrator of geometric form, noted for his ability to transform space using unconventional materials such as crumpled paper or swathes of fabric. Ruthenbeck’s work subverts the familiar, using minimalist objects and simple everyday materials to explore architecture, iconology, perception, and in later works, sound.

In 2006, Ruthenbeck wrote, ‘we are moving towards immaterial art, yet we only approach it in small steps’. From 1968 to 1972 he created several piles and cones made of ash, slag, and paper. Later, he would present utilitarian objects like chairs, tables and a suitcase, stripped of their function and thus exaggerating the objects’ pure shapes.

The exhibition will bring together, for the first time in the UK, many of these key moments in the artist’s career and will include sculpture, objects and conceptual works.

Website

http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/reiner-ruthenbeck

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Teachers' Notes for Jeff Koons Exhibition

http://www.serpentinegallery.org/j_koons_teachers_notes_sm_2.pdf

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.

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