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.
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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
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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
- 8 December 2016 — 12 February 2017 *on now
This winter, the Serpentine presents an exhibition of paintings and the rarely seen drawings of the pioneering and visionary architect Zaha Hadid. The exhibition will take place in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, an extension completed in 2013 and one of Zaha Hadid Architects’ first permanent buildings in central London.
Zaha Hadid is widely regarded as a pioneering and visionary architect whose contribution to the world of architecture was ground-breaking and innovative. The Serpentine presentation, first conceived with Hadid herself, will reveal her as an artist with drawing at the very heart of her work and will include the architect’s calligraphic drawings and rarely seen private notebooks with sketches that reveal her complex thoughts about architectural forms and their relationships.
The show will focus on Hadid’s early works before her first building was erected in 1993 (Vitra Fire Station in Germany) and present her paintings and drawings from the 1970s to the early 1990s. The exhibition will take place at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, renovated and extended by Zaha Hadid Architects in 2013. A select number of institutions and museums across the world will join in this timely homage to Zaha Hadid.
- 8 December 2016 — 12 February 2017 *on now
This winter, the Serpentine presents the first UK solo exhibition of the New York-based artist, Lucy Raven (born 1977, Tucson, Arizona).
Lucy Raven’s work focuses on the marginal spaces at the edges of image production, what happens behind the camera or between the frames of a film or animation. She follows the production of copper wire from an open pit mine in the American West to a smelter in southern China in China Town (2009). She observes post-production technicians converting Hollywood films to 3D in Chennai, India, linking the digitally created illusion of depth to ancient Indian bas-reliefs in The Deccan Trap (2015). She describes spaces and people on the outskirts of Kingston, New York in the hand-drawn animation I Felt As If I Had Actually Been To China (2007). This shift of focus from the image to its production encourages interrogation of the kind of imagery that has become all too familiar.
Raven’s exhibition will bring together a diverse selection of works in a sitespecific installation within the spaces of the Gallery. At the heart of the exhibition, a cinematic space will feature the animated film Curtains (2014), in which a series of still stereoscopic images converge and diverge, becoming momentarily three-dimensional when viewed through anaglyph 3D glasses. Over the course of the exhibition, this space will play host to a series of film evenings programmed by Raven.
The question of time is paramount throughout the installation, which incorporates Raven’s own work as well as a selection of objects that relate to it. From the slow-moving beams of the installation Casters (2016) to the flickering of film projection test patterns that form a looping visual score in the 35mm film RP31 (2012), time experienced in the gallery is measured in frames and repetitions.
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.
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