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

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.
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.

Bridge Commission Walk

  • 27 September 2013 — 27 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. 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

Suitable for

  • Any age
Wooden chair straddling two black circular objects

Martino Gamper

  • 5 March — 21 April 2014 *on now

The Serpentine Galleries have invited the influential London-based Italian designer Martino Gamper to guest-curate a new exhibition of contemporary design.

Gamper’s wide-ranging practice encompasses mass-produced objects and one-off pieces, as well as events and exhibitions. Best-known for his experiments in re-making found furniture, including his renowned project 100 Chairs in 100 Days, his work is characterised by spontaneity and collaboration.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events#

Shelf holding two ceramic dishes and wicker basket with embroidered cloth and stuffed velour appliques

Haim Steinbach: once again the world is flat.

  • 5 March — 21 April 2014 *on now

This expansive exhibition by American artist Haim Steinbach at the Serpentine Gallery which will include key works from throughout his impressive forty year career.

From the 1970’s, Steinbach has redefined the status of the object in art, focusing on the selection and arrangement of everyday objects. The exhibition will comprise a number of Steinbach’s grid-based paintings from the early 1970s, a series of reconfigured historical installations, as well as major new works created with a selection of objects drawn from public and private collections in the UK.

Haim Steinbach: once again the world is flat is a collaboration with New York’s Hessel Museum and the Kunsthalle Zurich.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events#

View of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery with it's dramatic white curved roof at night

Ed Atkins

  • 1 June — 31 August 2014

This exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery will see the most comprehensive survey yet of the work of young, British multi-media artist Ed Atkins. The source materials for his films, texts, sound and drawings range from stock footage and classical sculptures to literary and cinematic quotations, blending an eclectic frame of references with contemporary technology.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Exterior of Serpentine Gallery, a grey and red brick building in Kensington Gardens

Marina Abramović

  • 1 June — 31 August 2014

Summer 2014 will see Kensington Gardens become a destination for devotees of the ‘pioneer of performance art’ as Marina Abramović takes up residence at the Serpentine Gallery.

Following her major retrospective The Artist is Present at MoMa in 2010, the celebrated artist will create a brand new performance for the exhibition as well as works from throughout her career, re-performed for the first time since their original presentation.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events#

image showing serpentine gallery's pavilion 2014

Serpentine Galleries Pavilion 2014: Smiljan Radic

  • 26 June — 19 October 2014

The Serpentine has commissioned Chilean architect Smiljan Radic to design the Serpentine Galleries Pavilion 2014. Radic is the fourteenth architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary Pavilion outside the entrance to the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens.

Occupying a footprint of some 350 square metres on the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery, plans depict a semi-translucent, cylindrical structure, designed to resemble a shell, resting on large quarry stones.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/serpentine-galleries-pavilion-2014-smiljan-radic

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Serpentine Bridge

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.

Website

http://www.​serpentinegallery.​org

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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