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Serpentine Galleries

Coordinates: 51°30′17″N 0°10′30″W / 51.50466°N 0.17505°W / 51.50466; -0.17505
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Serpentine Galleries is located in Central London
Serpentine Galleries
Location within Central London
Established1970; 54 years ago (1970)
LocationKensington Gardens
Westminster, W2
United Kingdom
Coordinates51°30′17″N 0°10′30″W / 51.50466°N 0.17505°W / 51.50466; -0.17505
Visitors1,187,621 (2016)[1]
DirectorHans-Ulrich Obrist (CEO, Bettina Korek)
Public transit accessLondon Underground Lancaster Gate; South Kensington

The Serpentine Galleries are two contemporary art galleries in Kensington Gardens, Westminster, Greater London. Recently rebranded to just Serpentine,[2] the organisation is split across Serpentine South, previously known as the Serpentine Gallery, and Serpentine North, previously known as the Sackler Gallery. The gallery spaces 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 CEO is Bettina Korek, and the artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Serpentine South


Serpentine South, previously known as 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.[3] Notable artists whose works have been exhibited there include Man Ray, Henry Moore, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Paula Rego, Sondra Perry, Bridget Riley, Allan McCollum,[4] Anish Kapoor, Christian Boltanski, Philippe Parreno, Richard Prince, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gerhard Richter, Gustav Metzger, Damien Hirst, Maria Lassnig, Adrian Berg, 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.

Serpentine North

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

In 2013, Serpentine North was opened to the public named as the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, a name changed to Serpentine North in 2021.[5] This gave new life to The Magazine, a Grade II* listed former gunpowder store built in 1805,[6] with the addition of an extension designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Located five minutes' walk from Serpentine South across the Serpentine Bridge, it comprises 900 square metres (9,700 sq ft) of gallery space, restaurant, shop and social space. The Magazine Restaurant adjoins the gallery space.

Marina Abramović on "512 Hours" project (2014)



Every year since 2000, Serpentine 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 Serpentine South's lawn for three months for the public to explore.


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  6. ^ Historic England. "The Magazine (1278154)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
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  11. ^ Sibley, Fiona (13 July 2007). "Pavilions mushroom thanks to Hadid's magic". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  12. ^ Fernando, Shehani (4 September 2007). "Olafur Eliasson pavilion". London: Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  13. ^ The Guardian: Serpentine Pavilion 2008: Frank Gehry, 22 July 2008
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  16. ^ Jonathan Glancey: Swiss-made Serpentine pavilion presents garden of tranquility in The Guardian, 27 June 2011
  17. ^ Fortnam, Joanna (29 June 2011). "Piet Oudolf's garden at the Serpentine Gallery pavilion". The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  18. ^ "BBC News Ai Weiwei to create underground design for Serpentine ". Bbc.co.uk. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  19. ^ "Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 by Sou Fujimoto" 1 June - 20 October 2013
  20. ^ Wainwright, Oliver: "Chilean architect Smiljan Radic to design 2014 Serpentine pavilion" in The Guardian, 12 March 2014
  21. ^ Wainwright, Oliver: "Magic mushroom maze: this summer's Serpentine pavilion will be a psychedelic trip" in The Guardian, 25 March 2015
  22. ^ "Serpentine Galleries Pavilion 2016 by Bjarke Ingels" 10 June - 9 October 2016
  23. ^ Wainwright, Oliver (21 February 2017). "Francis Kéré becomes first African architect of Serpentine pavilion". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  24. ^ Wainwright, Oliver: "Serpentine Pavilion 2018 review – cement tiles, shade and a paddling pool" in The Guardian, 11 June 2018
  25. ^ Serpentine Galleries: "Serpentine Pavilion 2019 designed by Junya Ishigami" 27 February 2019
  26. ^ "Counterspace architects to be youngest Serpentine pavilion designers". the Guardian. 10 February 2020. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  27. ^ "Inspired by sacred music, an artist's 'Black Chapel' is opening in London". CNN, Atlanta, United States. 8 June 2022. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  28. ^ "The 22nd Pavilion is announced". Serpentine Galleries. Retrieved 22 March 2023.
  29. ^ "Mass Studies Selected for 23rd Serpentine Pavilion". Serpentine Galleries. Retrieved 15 June 2024.