The secluded location to the west of the Long Water in Kensington Gardens makes this small and airy gallery for contemporary art an attractive destination. A rolling two-monthly programme of exhibitions featuring up-to-the-minute artists along with the recent opened Sackler Gallery just over the water keeps the Serpentine in the arts news, as does the annual Serpentine Pavilion: every spring an internationally renowned architect is commissioned to build a new pavilion that opens to the public between June and September. There's a good little art bookshop too, which handily stays open in between exhibitions while the gallery space itself closes.
|Venue name:||Serpentine Gallery|
|Opening hours:||Daily 10am-6pm. Check website for seasonal variations|
|Transport:||Tube: Lancaster Gate/Knightsbridge/South Kensington|
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Pierre Huyghe review
The Serpentine Gallery stinks. There’s something in the air, some intensely chemical stench, half way between bleach and rotting meat. Flies buzz around or lie dead on the ground, the paint on the walls has been sanded back, the floor is caked in dust....Until Sunday February 10 2019
Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams review
A beautiful young man lounges on a zebra-skin sofa, reading books on performance theory and aesthetics. Lines of poetry cover the walls around him alongside gorgeous assemblages of flowers, photos of black bodies and a small collection of colourful, complex...Saturday January 19 2019 - Saturday February 16 2019
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Two galleries and a great restaurant to be found right in the middle of Hyde Park. I simply love the place. A real escape from the hub-bub of city life. Whatever the season take a walk from Knightsbridge or Hyde Park Corner , and let the stresses of life ebb away.
The exhibitions here are always good - often challenging.
The restaurant is superb.
Take time to discover one of London's treasures
Nestled between Hyde Park and KensingtonGardens the enchanting Serpentine gallery regularly showcases fresh and exciting works of contemporary art. The location of the gallery is great, it is only a short walk from High Street Kensington so you can shop till you drop or grab a bite to eat and then wonder through London’s royal parks to check out some art. The building itself is, a former tea pavilion, is charming and provides a splendid backdrop for contemporary art. In addition, between June and September a new Pavilion is displayed each year showcasing architectural and design talents from around the world. If that isn’t enough to satisfy your art craving then the Sackler gallery just over the bridge will surely fulfil your desires.
Every summer the Serpentine Gallery is adorned with a Pavilion designed by world renowned architects, and every summer it is amazing. Last years colourful tent-like maze could fill even the most cynical of visitors with childlike wonder, encouraging visitors to explore and play among the tunnels and ribbons. I can’t wait to visit the new pavilion, which opened its doors to the public yesterday, and will welcome guests until October.
Right in the heart of Hyde park it's a super place to pop in and tick the culture box before chilling out in the park. The Pavillion this year is beautiful, a lovely spot to grab a coffee and ponder.
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