Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Photo by Luke Haynes 2013.
The Serpentine Galleries are two popular contemporary art venues sitting on either side of the Serpentine Lake in London’s Kensington Gardens: the Serpentine Gallery, housed since 1970 in a heritage-listed former tea pavilion, and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and opened to the public in 2013. Together, they champion new ideas in modern art and design, showing work by emerging UK practitioners alongside the world’s most recognised artists and architects. In fact, they’ve exhibited 2,263 artists during their collective forty-five years.
Outside, on the Serpentine Gallery lawn, the annual Serpentine Pavilion comes to life each summer for three months, presenting a series of outdoor sculptural projects, artist and digital commissions, and public and educational programs in and around each unique temporary structure. A world-renowned site for architectural experimentation, the Pavilion celebrated its fifteenth year in 2015—with a colourful, chrysalis-like structure designed by Spanish architects SelgasCano.
MPavilion is proud to be a companion project to the Serpentine Pavilion. Click here to watch Julia Peyton-Jones, director of Serpentine Galleries, speaking about the relationship between the two pavilion commissions in a video on our Facebook.