|Location||Kensington Gardens, London W2, England, United Kingdom|
|Director||Julia Peyton Jones|
|Public transit access||Lancaster Gate
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 former tea pavilion built in 1934. 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 and Jeff Koons. 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 Sackler Gallery
In 2013 the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, was opened to the public, giving new life to The Magazine, a 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, which adjoins the gallery space, is headed by the chef Oliver "Ollysan" Lange.
Every year since 2000 the Serpentine Gallery has commissioned a temporary summer pavilion by a leading architect, as follows:
- 2000: Zaha Hadid
- 2001: Daniel Libeskind
- 2002: Toyo Ito
- 2003: Oscar Niemeyer
- 2005: Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura
- 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
- 2012: Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron 
- 2013: Sou Fujimoto
The 2002 temporary pavilion by Toyo Ito
The 2008 temporary pavilion by Frank Gehry
The 2009 temporary pavilion by SANAA
The 2010 temporary pavilion by Jean Nouvel
The 2013 temporary pavilion by Sou Fujimoto
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