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Serpentine Galleries

1970; 47 years ago (1970)

Kensington Gardens London, W2 United Kingdom

734,353 (2009) Ranked 17th nationally

Public transit access
Lancaster Gate; South Kensington


Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA, UK

Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Yana Peel

The Serpentine, Kensington Gardens, Tate Modern - London, Hyde Park, Saatchi Gallery


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The Serpentine Galleries are two contemporary art galleries in Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Central London. Comprising the Serpentine Gallery and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, they are within five minutes' walk of each other, linked by the bridge over the Serpentine Lake from which the galleries get their names. Their exhibitions, architecture, education and public programmes attract up to 1.2 million visitors a year. Admission to both galleries is free.


The Serpentine Gallery was established in 1970 and is housed in a Grade II listed former tea pavilion built in 1933–34 by the architect James Grey West. Notable artists whose works have been exhibited there include Man Ray, Henry Moore, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Paula Rego, Bridget Riley, Allan McCollum, Anish Kapoor, Christian Boltanski, Philippe Parreno, Richard Prince, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gerhard Richter, Gustav Metzger, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Marina Abramović. On the ground at the gallery's entrance is a permanent work made by Ian Hamilton Finlay in collaboration with Peter Coates, and dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales, the gallery's former patron.

In 2013 the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, with an extension designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, was opened to the public, giving new life to The Magazine, a Grade II* listed former gunpowder store built in 1805. Located five minutes' walk from the Serpentine Gallery across the Serpentine Bridge, it comprises 900 square metres of gallery space, restaurant, shop and social space. The Magazine Restaurant adjoins the gallery space.


Every year since 2000 the Serpentine Gallery has commissioned a temporary summer pavilion by a leading architect. The series presents the work of an international architect or design team who has not completed a building in England at the time of the Gallery’s invitation. Each Pavilion is completed within six months and is situated on the Gallery’s lawn for three months for the public to explore. Cecil Balmond has been a creative force behind Serpentine Pavilion programme.

  • 2000: Zaha Hadid
  • 2001: Daniel Libeskind with Cecil Balmond
  • 2002: Toyo Ito with Cecil Balmond
  • 2003: Oscar Niemeyer
  • 2005: Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura with Cecil Balmond
  • 2006: Rem Koolhaas with Cecil Balmond and Arup
  • 2007 pre-pavilion 'Lilias': Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher
  • 2007: Olafur Eliasson, Cecil Balmond, and Kjetil Thorsen
  • 2008: Frank Gehry
  • 2009: SANAA
  • 2010: Jean Nouvel
  • 2011: Peter Zumthor with Piet Oudolf
  • 2012: Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron
  • 2013: Sou Fujimoto
  • 2014: Smiljan Radic
  • 2015: Selgas Cano
  • 2016: Bjarke Ingels
  • References

    Serpentine Galleries Wikipedia

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