Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries Modern and contemporary art and architecture. Free admission. Please note the Galleries are closed for installation between exhibitions. The Serpentine Galleries are one of London’s best-loved galleries for modern and contemporary art.
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They attract up to 800,000 visitors in any one year and admission is free. In the grounds of the Galleries 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. In September 2013, Serpentine Galleries opened its new space, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. This innovative arts venue for the 21st century is housed in the Grade II-listed building formerly known as The Magazine, situated in Kensington Gardens. In 2016 the Serpentine Pavilion programme expanded to include four Summer Houses in a group show of architecture in the built form. For the second year running the Serpentine, in association with Bloomberg Philanthropies, has opened the Build Your Own Pavilion Challenge, a competition for 8-14 year olds to design and enter their Pavilion models. For more information http://buildyourownpavilion.serpentinegalleries.org/ Getting here Serpentine Gallery Nearest tube stations: Lancaster Gate, Knightsbridge or South Kensington Main bus routes: 9, 10, 52, 94, 148 Serpentine Sackler Gallery Nearest tube stations: Lancaster Gate or Marble Arch Main bus routes: 148, 274, 390 94 Group visits The Serpentine welcomes school, university and community groups to the Galleries on Tuesday through Sunday for self-led visits. All groups must book in advance with the visitor services team. For further information regarding planning a group visit, please visit our group visits page. Parking for vehicles and bicycles There is metered car parking in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. There is dedicated cycle parking within the grounds of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. There are Santander Cycles hire stations on West Carriage Drive near the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and on The Ring near the Serpentine Gallery. Dogs Dogs are not permitted inside the Serpentine Galleries or The Magazine restaurant. There are several dog rings outside the Serpentine Galleries for short visits. Guide dogs are permitted. Accessibility We have full disability access and facilities. Facilities – toilets/baby changing room The Serpentine Galleries have full disability access and facilities. There is a baby changing room located at each Gallery. Refreshments Kofler & Kompanie run a cafe at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion has a selection of teas, coffees, sandwiches and cakes available daily 10am-6pm until 9 October 2016. The Magazine bar at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery offers visitors a selection of snack items, teas, coffees, cocktails and wine. Opening times vary on a daily basis. Call the bar on 020 7298 7552 for more information.

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Mushroom foraging helped poet and anthropologist Long Litt Woon on her journey of mourning. 🍄In her book 'The Way Throug...
18/11/2020

Mushroom foraging helped poet and anthropologist Long Litt Woon on her journey of mourning. 🍄

In her book 'The Way Through the Woods', she writes about mushrooms, mourning and how going into the forest brought her out of her grief 🍃

Hear Long Litt Woon’s story this December at ‘The Understory of the Understory’, the fourth instalment in the Serpentine’s ongoing festival series, ‘The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish’, exploring consciousness and intelligence across species.

5-6 December. Online.

Register free ➡️ https://bit.ly/36xV6m4

The Serpentine is delighted to announce the appointment of Yesomi Umolu as Director of Curatorial Affairs and Public Pra...
18/11/2020

The Serpentine is delighted to announce the appointment of Yesomi Umolu as Director of Curatorial Affairs and Public Practice from January 2021.

Umolu will oversee the Serpentine’s curatorial, interpretation and editorial activities across all areas of the programme in and out of the Galleries. Yesomi Umolu said: “As a Londoner and curator, I am eager to partner with the Serpentine’s team, its audiences and artists to envision new forms of creativity and community building that can shepherd us through the profound changes facing our city and the world at large.”

Bettina Korek, CEO, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, said: “Yesomi brings outstanding ideas and experience to the Serpentine. We are excited to work with her to innovate around centring audience experience and community engagement in all that we do."

Welcome to the Serpentine, Yesomi Umolu!

Find out more: https://bit.ly/35DCMJ3

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17/11/2020

Serpentine Galleries's cover photo

16/11/2020
Asad Raza

Did you know you can create (neo)soil from waste?

Learn how to make your own with the artist Asad Raza at ‘The Understory of the Understory’, this December ✨

Asad uses soil in his work as a conduit for community and planetary thriving. In ‘Absorption’ he filled a gallery space with neosoil, tended by teams of cultivators. For his participation in ‘The Understory of the Understory’, Raza will share a recipe for neosoil, a conversation with Alex McBratney, the world-renowned soil scientist and a film reflecting on Gaia theory and landscape.

‘The Understory of the Understory’ is the fourth installment in the Serpentine’s ongoing festival series, ‘The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish’, exploring consciousness and intelligence across species.

5-6 December. Online.

Register free: bit.ly/FishyGround

“I could simply say, 'I painted some flowers,' when actually I’m making a funerary bouquet. When I’m making these painti...
15/11/2020

“I could simply say, 'I painted some flowers,' when actually I’m making a funerary bouquet. When I’m making these paintings, they’re tied to mood and psychological wellness, attention, feeling disorientated." – Jennifer Packer

Jennifer Packer’s solo exhibition is coming soon to the Serpentine: serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/jennifer-packer/

13/11/2020
Back to Earth Podcast

How can an artistic project such as #BacktoEarth contribute to environmental discourse, and is it trying to change hearts, minds or both?

In the final episode of our #BacktoEarth podcast, Victoria Sin and Lucia Pietroiusti welcome the project’s curators; Hans Ulrich Obrist, Rebecca Lewin and Kostas Stasinopoulos to reflect on the last 6 months–slowing down, recalibrating and looking ahead to the future.

Featuring sound works by Himali Singh Soin with Dario Villanueva and a new poem by Bhanu Kapil.

Listen now: https://bit.ly/36Bm9Nx

12/11/2020
Patrick Hickey

Did you know that many of the most dramatic events on Earth have occurred as a result of fungal activity?🍄

In ‘Entangled Life’, Merlin Sheldrake reveals the crucial role fungi play in shaping our world, linking plants together in complex networks, the 'Wood Wide Web'.

Take a mind-bending journey into the world of fungi with biologist Merlin Sheldrake next month at ‘The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish: The Understory of The Understory’ – the fourth in a series of festivals exploring consciousness and intelligence across species.

5-6 December. Online. Register free: https://bit.ly/36xV6m4

#TheUnderstory #GeneralEcology #MerlinSheldrake #EntangledLife

Video © Patrick Hickey

What on Earth is ground? How is soil entangled and connected with other forms of life? What are the politics of land? Th...
07/11/2020

What on Earth is ground? How is soil entangled and connected with other forms of life? What are the politics of land? The toxicities of agriculture?

‘The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish’ is an ongoing festival exploring consciousness and intelligence across species.

Since 2018, the Serpentine’s General Ecology project has gathered artists, anthropologists, architects, scientists, ecologists, musicians and writers from different generations and from around the world for symposiums on language, organisms and plants.

Now we go online. This December, we will look down to ‘The Understory of the Understory’ to uncover what lies beneath our feet, taking the soil, the ground, the Earth, and the land, seriously. In the words of Bruno Latour:

“When the rug is pulled out from under your feet, you understand at once that you are going to have to be concerned with the floor…”

Join us on 5-6 December. REGISTER FREE: https://bit.ly/3eA9i1v

04/11/2020
Cambio

Thank you to all who visited 'Cambio' and to Formafantasma for putting together a wonderful exhibition! 💚

'Cambio' is now closed.

If you missed the physical exhibition or simply wish to rediscover its contents, you can do on our website through films, essays, interviews and more: https://bit.ly/34WWuzf

Final days to visit Formafantasma’s ‘Cambio’ closing 4 November, 6pm.Don't miss your chance to see this design-led inves...
03/11/2020

Final days to visit Formafantasma’s ‘Cambio’ closing 4 November, 6pm.

Don't miss your chance to see this design-led investigation of the timber industry.

Book your free visit: https://bit.ly/3i2dubn

In tribute to Enzo Mari (1932-2020)When we heard the news of Enzo Mari’s passing, we reached out to the designer Martino...
31/10/2020

In tribute to Enzo Mari (1932-2020)

When we heard the news of Enzo Mari’s passing, we reached out to the designer Martino Gamper to collaborate on a tribute. Martino guest-curated the 2014 Serpentine exhibition, ‘design is a state of mind’ which featured a display of objects collected and used as paperweights by the late iconic Italian designer. Inspired by Enzo’s playfulness of form and simplicity of materials, Martino made two coffins in the style of ‘Autoprogettazione’, titled ‘L’Ultimo Mobile’ – the last furniture.

Read more: serpentinegalleries.org/art-and-ideas/the-last-furniture-martino-gampers-tribute-to-enzo-mari/

“We never really talk about this. The fact that when someone dies, we also need furniture.” – Martino Gamper

Ciao Enzo. Riposa in pace 🤍

Tonight we're travelling to another dimension. Won't you join us? 🚀 🌌 🔮Attend a virtual séance with Suzanne Treister and...
29/10/2020

Tonight we're travelling to another dimension. Won't you join us? 🚀 🌌 🔮

Attend a virtual séance with Suzanne Treister and visit a hypothetical museum in the cosmos.

Register free: https://bit.ly/3gELJ7o

Remember to share your creations with #STSpacetime ✨

“Trees are alive and contain universes." – Paola AntonelliAgenda-setting MoMA Curator Paola Antonelli considers the jour...
28/10/2020

“Trees are alive and contain universes." – Paola Antonelli

Agenda-setting MoMA Curator Paola Antonelli considers the journey of wood throughout history, questioning humans’ treatment of trees, creatures that are “alive and contain universes” and in turn, the responsibility of designers.

This piece is an excerpt from a text originally published in the Cambio catalogue, now back in stock.

serpentinegalleries.org/art-and-ideas/paola-antonelli-on-design-and-the-politics-of-wood/

This Thursday we're travelling to another dimension. Won't you join us? 🚀 🌌 🔮Attend a virtual séance with Suzanne Treist...
28/10/2020

This Thursday we're travelling to another dimension. Won't you join us? 🚀 🌌 🔮

Attend a virtual séance with Suzanne Treister and visit a hypothetical museum in the cosmos.

29 Oct 6pm GMT. Register free: https://bit.ly/3gELJ7o

What does it take to create sustainable economies in service of making both people and our planet thrive?That’s the star...
26/10/2020

What does it take to create sustainable economies in service of making both people and our planet thrive?

That’s the starting point of Doughnut Economics, a concept that began on the back of an envelope and is fast becoming a global community of changemakers who are putting regenerative and distributive design into practice – in cities, businesses, government, communities and schools.

Join Kate Raworth, economist and founder of Doughnut Economics, and Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation next week.

28 Oct. 4pm BST. Book now: serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/doughnut-economics/

Organised in collaboration with DLD and the Serpentine’s #BacktoEarth project.

How can schools create a more inclusive sex education?‘Sex (re) education' is a workshop resource created with Bedfellow...
22/10/2020

How can schools create a more inclusive sex education?

‘Sex (re) education' is a workshop resource created with Bedfellows for teachers and students in Years 9 and 10 to talk about sex and relationships in order to challenge the exclusionary and exploitative ideas about sex we accidentally learn from our screens, our families, our House of Commons, etc.

Download your free copy: serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/cracks-in-the-curriculum-1-sex-re-education/

#CracksintheCurriculum is a Serpentine series making space for critical conversations in the classroom.

Have you visited Formafantasma's 'Cambio' yet?Don't forget to share your snaps 📸 #SeeYouAtSerpentine📲 We've just release...
21/10/2020

Have you visited Formafantasma's 'Cambio' yet?

Don't forget to share your snaps 📸 #SeeYouAtSerpentine

📲 We've just released the last run of tickets. Book your free visit before 15 November: https://bit.ly/2TfCvoQ

19/10/2020
In Conversation: Alex Thorp, Rudy Lowe & Jacob V Joyce | Cracks in the Curriculum

“Learning can be playful. Learning doesn’t have to be this linear, regimented thing. You can learn in different ways.”

Jacob V Joyce and Rudy Loewe discuss alternative ways of educating ourselves and each other. #CracksintheCurriculum

https://youtu.be/dPIzsYv-N0I

How can we rethink the way colonialism and its legacy is taught in schools? Jacob V Joyce and Rudy Loewe‘s Sweet Rebellion, responds to the histories of Brit...

"My inclination to paint, especially from life, is a completely political one. We belong here. We deserve to be seen and...
17/10/2020

"My inclination to paint, especially from life, is a completely political one. We belong here. We deserve to be seen and acknowledged in real time. We deserve to be heard and to be imaged with shameless generosity and accuracy." – Jennifer Packer

Don't miss Jennifer Packer's exhibition, opening at the Serpentine from 18 November.

Free booking available from 2 November.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/3h2wOUS

TODAY at 11am BST ✨ Join James Barnor and the Serpentine’s Artistic Director, Hans Ulrich Obrist online for a conversati...
15/10/2020

TODAY at 11am BST ✨ Join James Barnor and the Serpentine’s Artistic Director, Hans Ulrich Obrist online for a conversation about the photographer’s life and work for Photo London 📸

Register free: https://bit.ly/3lNvBmP

James Barnor’s solo exhibition opens at the Serpentine in Spring 2021.

14/10/2020

Final days! Enter the Legal Lab Survey to help us understand the legal issues raised by cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Your feedback will help develop new resources and tools:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GMDGJGT

In the face of ecological crisis, how can art, design and philosophy effect long-term change?Join us online this Thursda...
13/10/2020

In the face of ecological crisis, how can art, design and philosophy effect long-term change?

Join us online this Thursday (7pm UK) for 'Retracing the Roots', a conversation with design studio Formafantasma, Manthia Diawara and Anab Jain (director of Superflux), with Hans Ulrich Obrist.

RSVP free: https://bit.ly/34Sz38K

Connecting Formafantasma’s current exhibition ‘Cambio’ and the Serpentine’s ongoing environmental project #BacktoEarth, this discussion will explore how we can redesign systems for a better future.

13/10/2020

'HX' is out now! ⚡ Cao Fei's book encapsulates the long-term research project that informed her Serpentine exhibition earlier this year.

Watch Cao Fei in conversation with 'HX' contributors to access a 30% discount code when you purchase a copy of the book: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/hx-in-conversation/

Live, online, this Thursday! Hans Ulrich Obrist brings together artists, designers and thinkers to discuss art’s role in...
12/10/2020

Live, online, this Thursday! Hans Ulrich Obrist brings together artists, designers and thinkers to discuss art’s role in the face of ecological crisis.

RSVP free: https://bit.ly/34Sz38K

Manthia Diawara will talk about his new film for ‘Back to Earth’, which connects local economies in Yene, Senegal with philosophical approaches to climate change drawn from Édouard Glissant.

Anab Jain from Superflux will describe her studio’s process of introducing audiences to possible futures through multi-media installations, films, objects, systems and technologies.

Formafantasma will focus on what they have learnt from ‘Cambio’ and from the pandemic, what the outcomes of both might be, through their methods as designers and as teachers.

“It's been a process of bringing people around who are close to me, whose practices I respect.”Jennifer Packer's portrai...
12/10/2020

“It's been a process of bringing people around who are close to me, whose practices I respect.”

Jennifer Packer's portraits feature friends and family members. Eric N. Mack, who last year exhibited his textile works in Grace Wales Bonner’s Serpentine show, is a close friend and has sat for the artist on numerous occasions.

Jennifer Packer’s exhibition opens 18 November. https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/jennifer-packer/

Today! 🌈 Join us online this #WorldMentalthHealthyDay for a special 'Radio Ballads' event with Rory Pilgrim.Green Shoes ...
10/10/2020

Today! 🌈 Join us online this #WorldMentalthHealthyDay for a special 'Radio Ballads' event with Rory Pilgrim.

Green Shoes Arts, Barking & Dagenham and Project Well Being, Idaho, will showcase fragments of work-in-progress from Rory’s ‘Radio Ballads’ commission.

Conversations, stories and poetry generated in ‘RAFTS’ workshops so far will be shared, focusing on the symbol of a raft during times of crisis.

Book 'RAFTS Showcase' free now: https://bit.ly/3jKIhui

Happening tonight! Machine learning technology has profoundly advanced in the past few years and is becoming a mainstay ...
09/10/2020

Happening tonight! Machine learning technology has profoundly advanced in the past few years and is becoming a mainstay in artistic practices.

Through a discussion on machine learning and its aesthetic capacity, we seek to answer: What new aspects does the technical framework of machine learning bring to art-making?

Panelists include Mercedes Bunz, Leif Weatherby, Nora Khan, Joanna Zylinska & Murad Khan.

9 Oct, 6pm. RSVP: https://bit.ly/3nwj6Oc

This Saturday! Sparkles Catch a glimpse of work-in-progress from Rory Pilgrim’s ‘RAFTS’ commission for #RadioBallads.Thi...
08/10/2020

This Saturday! Sparkles Catch a glimpse of work-in-progress from Rory Pilgrim’s ‘RAFTS’ commission for #RadioBallads.

This free online event is part of LISTEN, Green Shoes Arts' mental health and arts festival.

Book now: http://serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/rafts-showcase/

Do you remember Hilma af Klint's exhibition at the Serpentine in 2016? 🌟Rediscover the inimitable painter’s life and wor...
07/10/2020

Do you remember Hilma af Klint's exhibition at the Serpentine in 2016? 🌟

Rediscover the inimitable painter’s life and work in 'Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint', screening online until 8 October.

Book now: https://bit.ly/3jFvSaW

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How much do you know about copyright? How much do you know about contracts? Help us identify the main legal issues you f...
07/10/2020

How much do you know about copyright? How much do you know about contracts? Help us identify the main legal issues you face when collaborating.

Fill in this survey and make sure your voice is heard:https://bit.ly/3nsgIYI

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West Carriage Drive · London, United Kingdom
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W2 3XA

Nearest London Underground stations: Knightsbridge, Lancaster Gate or South Kensington; Buses: 9, 10, 52, 94, 148; Metered parking in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park; Full disability access.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

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Championing the possibilities of new ideas in contemporary art since opening in 1970, the Serpentine has presented pioneering exhibitions for almost half a century, showing a wide range of work from emerging practitioners to the most internationally recognised artists of our time, providing a place for them to experiment and an open platform for them to be seen and heard.

The Serpentine is committed to presenting interdisciplinary and collaborative work across art, architecture, design, fashion and digital.

Across two sites, the Serpentine Gallery and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery present a year-round, open programme of exhibitions, education, live events and technological innovation, in the park and beyond. Proud to maintain free access for all visitors, thanks to its unique location, the Galleries also reach an exceptionally broad audience and connect with the local community.

Architecture is a core aspect of the Serpentine’s programme, with the annual Serpentine Pavilion commission as well as its global extension, with a Beijing Pavilion in 2018. The late Dame Zaha Hadid, Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Zaha Hadid, designed the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and Chucs Serpentine, a former 1805 Grade II* listed former gunpowder store, returning it to public use for the first time in its 208-year history.


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