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,

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,

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23/06/2021
taraxos

A place to meditate, slow down and take space to listen.

Taking the dandelion’s ability to thrive in unhospitable places at its centre, Sophia Al-Maria’s ‘Taraxos’ sculpture proposes the weed as a model for freedom, resistance, for understanding and listening to the world today.

Take some time this Summer Solstice to visit the park, sit beneath the constellation and listen to it in the wind.

Serpentine x Modern Forms Sculpture Commission

23/06/2021
taraxos

A place to meditate, slow down and take space to listen.

Taking the dandelion’s ability to thrive in unhospitable places at its centre, Sophia Al-Maria’s ‘Taraxos’ sculpture proposes the weed as a model for freedom, resistance, for understanding and listening to the world today.

Take some time this Summer Solstice to visit the park, sit beneath the constellation and listen to it in the wind.

Serpentine x Modern Forms Sculpture Commission

23/06/2021
Family FOTO

Spontaneous, unity, beloved, miracles, connection, letting go. These are some of the words you have used in your ‘Family FOTO’ submissions so far 📸

‘Family FOTO’ is a photo call-out inspired by our exhibition ‘James Barnor: Accra/London – A Retrospective’, inviting the public to share images that represent family. Select images will be exhibited in an online gallery this summer.

If you haven’t submitted images to #SerpentineFamilyFOTO already, there’s still time!

https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/family-foto/

21/06/2021
Taraxos

Consider the dandelion. Arriving outside Serpentine South Gallery today for Summer Solstice today is a new sculpture by Sophia Al-Maria.

‘Taraxos’, a constellation of copper and steel seed achenes, is a sonic installation that can be played by the wind or by visitors.

The sculpture is part of an ongoing project by the artist with Serpentine which invites us to consider the dandelion as an image of resistance. Discover more at https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/sophia-al-maria-taraxos/

Serpentine x Modern Forms Sculpture Commission

#Taraxos

Happy Father’s Day! Do you have a favourite memory? Celebrate by submitting an image to our #SerpentineFamilyFOTO call-o...
20/06/2021

Happy Father’s Day! Do you have a favourite memory? Celebrate by submitting an image to our #SerpentineFamilyFOTO call-out to see your photograph exhibited in an online gallery this summer.

Inspired by 'James Barnor: Accra/London - A Retrospective', currently on view at Serpentine, 'Family FOTO' is an invitation to be nostalgic: dust off your family album, scroll through your phone or take a selfie to remember.

https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/family-foto/

Happy Father’s Day! Do you have a favourite memory? Celebrate by submitting an image to our #SerpentineFamilyFOTO call-out to see your photograph exhibited in an online gallery this summer.

Inspired by 'James Barnor: Accra/London - A Retrospective', currently on view at Serpentine, 'Family FOTO' is an invitation to be nostalgic: dust off your family album, scroll through your phone or take a selfie to remember.

https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/family-foto/

19/06/2021
140 Ideas

If you enjoyed our ‘Back to Earth’ podcast last year, you’ll be happy to hear that we've got a new mini eco-podcast series up our sleeves.

Coinciding with the release of '140 Artists' Ideas for Planet Earth', a new book created in collaboration between Serpentine’s ‘Back to Earth’ and Penguin, we’ve created 5 bite-sized episodes featuring some of the book’s contributors; artist Tomás Saraceno, poet Bhanu Kapil, architect Maya Lin, musician Nahum, and filmmaker Cauleen Smith.

First up is Tomás Saraceno, who shares his instruction for listening to spiders inside our homes and discusses his new AR artwork ‘Webs of Life’, available to experience from today when you download the Acute Art.

Listen here: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/art-and-ideas/140-ideas-tomas-saraceno/

#WebsofLife #AcuteArt #SerpentinePodcast #140Ideas

Are you a teacher, parent or guardian wondering how to engage your children or students in climate activism?Rudy Loewe &...
19/06/2021

Are you a teacher, parent or guardian wondering how to engage your children or students in climate activism?

Rudy Loewe & Jacob V Joyce have created ‘Power Pack: Climate Emergency’, a toolkit designed to encourage young people to use drawing as a tool to learn about climate emergency. Through quotes from young BIPOC climate activists around the world, the Pack opens up a range of perspectives on the environment, from land and power to waste and water.

Pick up a copy at Serpentine or download a PDF via our website.

Join us virtually at 3pm today (19 June) for the official launch of the pack as part of 'Back to Earth' day. Loewe and Joyce will be in conversation with Land In Our Names and Alex Thorp, Serpentine Education Curator.

Tune into the livestream: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/climate-emergency/

Today! Join us virtually for a day-long programme of ‘Back to Earth’ talks, workshops, sound commissions, augmented real...
19/06/2021

Today! Join us virtually for a day-long programme of ‘Back to Earth’ talks, workshops, sound commissions, augmented reality and publications.

🥗 2-2.30pm: CLIMAVORE, a conversation with Cooking Sections, Benugo and Lucia Pietroiusti
✊ 3-3.30pm: POWER PACK: Climate Emergency, a conversation w/ Rudy Loewe, Jacob V Joyce, Land In Our Names and Alex Thorp
🌏 4-5pm: Back to Earth, a conversation between Brian Eno, Torwase Dyson & Hans Ulrich Obrist
📙 6-7pm: 140 Artists’ Ideas for Planet Earth, a conversation with book contributors including Sumayya Vally and Es Devlin.

Join us via the livestream: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/back-to-earth-day/

Today! Join us virtually for a day-long programme of ‘Back to Earth’ talks, workshops, sound commissions, augmented reality and publications.

🥗 2-2.30pm: CLIMAVORE, a conversation with Cooking Sections, Benugo and Lucia Pietroiusti
✊ 3-3.30pm: POWER PACK: Climate Emergency, a conversation w/ Rudy Loewe, Jacob V Joyce, Land In Our Names and Alex Thorp
🌏 4-5pm: Back to Earth, a conversation between Brian Eno, Torwase Dyson & Hans Ulrich Obrist
📙 6-7pm: 140 Artists’ Ideas for Planet Earth, a conversation with book contributors including Sumayya Vally and Es Devlin.

Join us via the livestream: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/back-to-earth-day/

18/06/2021
Cooking Sections

How can we shift our infrastructure and culture around food production and consumption to support the climate as it changes?

With their ongoing ‘CLIMAVORE’ project, Cooking Sections envision new seasons of food production and consumption that respond to human-induced climatic events. They have organised menus around drought in Sicily, planted a “desert garden” in Sharjah to explore how farmers can use drought-resistant plants and worked with restaurants to banish farmed salmon from their kitchens.

Learn more about Cooking Sections’ work this Saturday 19 June. The duo will be in conversation with Shane Kavanagh (Benugo) and Lucia Pietroiusti for ‘Back to Earth’ day.

Tune in online tomorrow: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/back-to-earth-day/

18/06/2021
Cooking Sections

How should we shift our infrastructure and our culture around food in the face of climate change?

With their ongoing ‘CLIMAVORE’ project, Cooking Sections envision new seasons of food production and consumption that respond to human-induced climatic events. They have organised menus around drought in Sicily, planted a “desert garden” in Sharjah to explore how farmers can use drought-resistant plants and worked with restaurants to banish farmed salmon from their kitchens.

Learn more about Cooking Sections’ work this Saturday 19 June. The duo will be in conversation with Shane Kavanagh (Benugo) and Lucia Pietroiusti for ‘Back to Earth’ day.

RSVP to tune into the livestream tomorrow: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/back-to-earth-day/

🕷️ Tomas Saraceno’s new AR work asks us to reconsider our relationship to spiders - how can we protect them, and save th...
17/06/2021

🕷️ Tomas Saraceno’s new AR work asks us to reconsider our relationship to spiders - how can we protect them, and save their habitats?

By positioning two giant Augmented Reality (AR) spiders outside Serpentine (accessible via the Acute Art app), Saraceno encourages us to move away from a fear of spiders (arachnophobia) and towards a love of spiders (arachnophilia).

Experience ‘Webs of Life’ from 19 June and join us at Serpentine for the launch for a guided walk about the spiders in Hyde Park with Peter Lawrence, Biodiversity Manager at The Royal Parks.

In Collaboration with Acute Art.

https://acuteart.com/artist/tomas-saraceno/

🕷️ Tomas Saraceno’s new AR work asks us to reconsider our relationship to spiders - how can we protect them, and save their habitats?

By positioning two giant Augmented Reality (AR) spiders outside Serpentine (accessible via the Acute Art app), Saraceno encourages us to move away from a fear of spiders (arachnophobia) and towards a love of spiders (arachnophilia).

Experience ‘Webs of Life’ from 19 June and join us at Serpentine for the launch for a guided walk about the spiders in Hyde Park with Peter Lawrence, Biodiversity Manager at The Royal Parks.

In Collaboration with Acute Art.

https://acuteart.com/artist/tomas-saraceno/

“If we can make paintings that deconstruct ideas of industrialised white supremacy on our terms, then things look differ...
16/06/2021

“If we can make paintings that deconstruct ideas of industrialised white supremacy on our terms, then things look different. Especially in climate change, especially when people of color are the most affected by water rising on the coast, water impurities, by industrial…”

Through geometry and abstraction, Torkwase Dyson interrogates Black spatial history and resistance. The legacy of environmental racism and the ongoing traumas of climate change on people of colour is a driving force behind the artist’s conceptual and material approach.

Don't miss Dyson in conversation with fellow ‘Back to Earth’ participant Brian Eno this Saturday, 19 June as part of Back to Earth day in the Serpentine Pavilion.

RSVP: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/back-to-earth-day/

Torkwase Dyson, Joni Lee Blackman, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, Diptych: 84 x 72 inches each, 84 x 144 inches, total. Rhona Hoffman Gallery

“If we can make paintings that deconstruct ideas of industrialised white supremacy on our terms, then things look different. Especially in climate change, especially when people of color are the most affected by water rising on the coast, water impurities, by industrial…”

Through geometry and abstraction, Torkwase Dyson interrogates Black spatial history and resistance. The legacy of environmental racism and the ongoing traumas of climate change on people of colour is a driving force behind the artist’s conceptual and material approach.

Don't miss Dyson in conversation with fellow ‘Back to Earth’ participant Brian Eno this Saturday, 19 June as part of Back to Earth day in the Serpentine Pavilion.

RSVP: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/back-to-earth-day/

Torkwase Dyson, Joni Lee Blackman, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, Diptych: 84 x 72 inches each, 84 x 144 inches, total. Rhona Hoffman Gallery

Ambient music pioneer Brian Eno is also an active campaigner for human rights and the environment. Last year the artist ...
15/06/2021

Ambient music pioneer Brian Eno is also an active campaigner for human rights and the environment. Last year the artist launched Earth Percent, a climate change initiative for the music industry that aims to raise $100 million for organisations working to address the envrionmental crisis by 2030.

As part of ‘Back to Earth’, Serpentine's ongoing environmental project, Eno has created a sound piece for the 2021 Serpentine Pavilion.

Join us for the launch this Saturday, 19 June (at the Pavilion and online), where Eno will be in conversation with fellow artist Torkwase Dyson as part of a day-long series of ‘Back to Earth’ programmes.

RSVP here: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/back-to-earth-day/

Ambient music pioneer Brian Eno is also an active campaigner for human rights and the environment. Last year the artist launched Earth Percent, a climate change initiative for the music industry that aims to raise $100 million for organisations working to address the envrionmental crisis by 2030.

As part of ‘Back to Earth’, Serpentine's ongoing environmental project, Eno has created a sound piece for the 2021 Serpentine Pavilion.

Join us for the launch this Saturday, 19 June (at the Pavilion and online), where Eno will be in conversation with fellow artist Torkwase Dyson as part of a day-long series of ‘Back to Earth’ programmes.

RSVP here: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/back-to-earth-day/

"The Tabernacle is the hub of the community. Since the late 70s it's been a community resource that's undergone various ...
14/06/2021

"The Tabernacle is the hub of the community. Since the late 70s it's been a community resource that's undergone various guises as a party venue, youth club and community centre.” - Matthew Phillip, Director of The Tabernacle and Notting Hill Carnival

One of four Fragments of Serpentine Pavilion 2021 designed by Counterspace, is located at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill, London.

The home of Notting Hill Carnival, this multi-purpose venue has a rich history. A Grade II listed building, The Tabernacle was built as a church in 1887 and by the 1970s it served as a community arts centre, a function it continues to serve today.

The Fragment at The Tabernacle offers an additional seating area for people to enjoy and share a meal from the Tabernacle restaurant. Additionally, it can be used as a stage for small performances.

Three other Fragments are placed in partner organisations – one of the first Black publishers and booksellers in the UK New Beacon Books in Finsbury Park, arts centre The Albany in Deptford and Valence Library in Barking and Dagenham – to support their everyday operations while enabling and honouring gatherings of local communities that they have supported over the years.

Visit the Serpentine Pavilion in Kensington Gardens and the other fragments located in London until 17 October 2021: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/serpentine-pavilion-2021-designed-by-counterspace/

Fragment of Serpentine Pavilion 2021 designed by Counterspace for The Tabernacle © Counterspace Photo: George Darrell

"The Tabernacle is the hub of the community. Since the late 70s it's been a community resource that's undergone various guises as a party venue, youth club and community centre.” - Matthew Phillip, Director of The Tabernacle and Notting Hill Carnival

One of four Fragments of Serpentine Pavilion 2021 designed by Counterspace, is located at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill, London.

The home of Notting Hill Carnival, this multi-purpose venue has a rich history. A Grade II listed building, The Tabernacle was built as a church in 1887 and by the 1970s it served as a community arts centre, a function it continues to serve today.

The Fragment at The Tabernacle offers an additional seating area for people to enjoy and share a meal from the Tabernacle restaurant. Additionally, it can be used as a stage for small performances.

Three other Fragments are placed in partner organisations – one of the first Black publishers and booksellers in the UK New Beacon Books in Finsbury Park, arts centre The Albany in Deptford and Valence Library in Barking and Dagenham – to support their everyday operations while enabling and honouring gatherings of local communities that they have supported over the years.

Visit the Serpentine Pavilion in Kensington Gardens and the other fragments located in London until 17 October 2021: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/serpentine-pavilion-2021-designed-by-counterspace/

Fragment of Serpentine Pavilion 2021 designed by Counterspace for The Tabernacle © Counterspace Photo: George Darrell

In 1966, social worker Paul Curno became director of The Albany community centre and transformed the institution, fusing...
13/06/2021

In 1966, social worker Paul Curno became director of The Albany community centre and transformed the institution, fusing art and community work to focus on social issues that were important to locals. He established facilities for children and young people, housing schemes, advice services and an arts programme. The Albany remains an important community arts venue today.

The Albany is the location of one of four Fragments of Serpentine Pavilion 2021 designed by Counterspace, placed across London to honour spaces of gathering that have influenced the Pavilion's design.

The Fragment at The Albany extends the seating area in the garden for quiet reflection and can also function as a stage for intimate performances.

Three other Fragments are placed in partner organisations – one of the first Black publishers and booksellers in the UK New Beacon Books in Finsbury Park, a multi-purpose venue and community hub The Tabernacle in Notting Hill and Valence Library in Barking and Dagenham – to support their everyday operations while enabling and honouring gatherings of local communities that they have supported over the years.

Visit the Serpentine Pavilion in Kensington Gardens and the other fragments located in London until 17 October 2021.

Fragment of Serpentine Pavilion 2021 designed by Counterspace for The Albany © Counterspace Photo: George Darrell

In 1966, social worker Paul Curno became director of The Albany community centre and transformed the institution, fusing art and community work to focus on social issues that were important to locals. He established facilities for children and young people, housing schemes, advice services and an arts programme. The Albany remains an important community arts venue today.

The Albany is the location of one of four Fragments of Serpentine Pavilion 2021 designed by Counterspace, placed across London to honour spaces of gathering that have influenced the Pavilion's design.

The Fragment at The Albany extends the seating area in the garden for quiet reflection and can also function as a stage for intimate performances.

Three other Fragments are placed in partner organisations – one of the first Black publishers and booksellers in the UK New Beacon Books in Finsbury Park, a multi-purpose venue and community hub The Tabernacle in Notting Hill and Valence Library in Barking and Dagenham – to support their everyday operations while enabling and honouring gatherings of local communities that they have supported over the years.

Visit the Serpentine Pavilion in Kensington Gardens and the other fragments located in London until 17 October 2021.

Fragment of Serpentine Pavilion 2021 designed by Counterspace for The Albany © Counterspace Photo: George Darrell

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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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