In the exquisite setting of Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine Gallery and Serpentine North Gallery present work by contemporary artists and new commissions.
Linked by a bridge across the Serpentine Lake, these two contemporary art galleries nestled in one of London’s most desirable green spaces champion the work of both emerging and internationally acclaimed artists.
Housed in a Grade II listed former tea-room, the Serpentine Gallery has been celebrating contemporary art since 1970. Renowned artists whose work has occupied its space include Marina Abramović, Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry and Jeff Koons. Today the gallery presents a rolling programme of contemporary work, as well as an annual commission where architects who have not previously built in the UK design a Pavilion to sit on the gallery’s front lawn, used as an entertainment space throughout the summer. The site is also home to the charming Koenig Books, with a range of photography, art and architecture books to browse.
And breathing new life into The Magazine building, an 1805 gunpowder store just a stone’s throw across the bridge, the modern Serpentine North Gallery – opened to the public in 2013 – boasts a restaurant, shop and additional light-filled gallery spaces to peruse.
With an eclectic programme of contemporary art, architecture, events and commissions, the Serpentine Galleries take inspiration from their unusual setting and the vibrant London community, and pioneer art as innovation.