Serpentine Galleries

Family Day, 26 July 2009, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
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Championing new ideas in contemporary art since it opened in 1970, the Serpentine has presented pioneering exhibitions of 2,263 artists over 45 years, showing a wide range of work from emerging practitioners to the most internationally recognised artists and architects of our time.

The Serpentine Gallery, a Grade II listed former tea pavilion was opened by the Arts Council of England on 1 May 1970. The Gallery was originally conceived as a place to show the work of emerging artists, particularly from the UK and its regions.

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Zaha Hadid, opened to the public in September 2013. Situated a five minute walk from the original Serpentine Gallery, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery has brought this 1805 Grade II listed former gunpowder store into public use for the first time in its 208 year history.

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 Serpentine Gallery's 2016 pavilion, constructed from hollow concrete blocks

Serpentine Pavilion 2016

  • 10 June — 9 October 2016 *on now

The Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), is an ‘unzipped wall’ that is transformed from straight line to three-dimensional space, creating a dramatic structure that by day houses a café and free family activities and by night becomes a space for the Serpentine’s acclaimed Park Nights programme of performative works by artists, writers and musicians. Kunlé Adeyemi’s Summer House is an inverse replica of Queen Caroline’s Temple - a tribute to its robust form, space and material, recomposed into a new sculptural object. Barkow Leibinger were inspired by another, now extinct, 18th Century pavilion also designed by William Kent, which rotated and offered 360 degree views of the Park. Yona Friedman’s Summer House takes the form of a modular structure that can be assembled and disassembled in different formations and builds upon the architect’s pioneering project La Ville Spatiale (Spatial City) begun in the late 1950s. Asif Khan’s design is inspired by the fact that Queen Caroline’s Temple was positioned in a way that would allow it to catch the sunlight from The Serpentine lake.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/serpentine-pavilion-and-summer-houses-2016

Photograph of Serpentine Gallery's 2015 Summer house, constructed from wire circles

Serpentine Summer Houses 2016: Yona Friedman

  • 10 June — 9 October 2016 *on now

Yona Friedman’s Summer House takes the form of a modular structure that can be assembled and disassembled in different formations.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/serpentine-summer-houses-2016-yona-friedman

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.

Serpentine Galleries
Kensington Gardens
London
Greater London
W2 3XA
England

Website

www.serpentinegalleries.org

E-mail

Information

information@serpentinegallery.org

Telephone

Information

020 7402 6075

Recorded information

020 7298 1515

Fax

020 7402 4103

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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