|Location||Kensington Gardens, London W2, England, United Kingdom|
|Director||Julia Peyton Jones|
|Public transit access||Lancaster Gate
The Serpentine Gallery is an art gallery in Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, central London. It focuses on modern and contemporary art. The exhibitions, architecture, education and public programmes attract approximately 750,000 visitors a year. Admission is free.
Established in 1970 and housed in a classical 1934 tea pavilion, it takes its name from the nearby Serpentine Lake.
Notable artists who 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.
In 2006, Serpentine Gallery premiered a major exhibition of contemporary Chinese Art. Titled China Power Station: Part One, the exhibition was housed in Battersea Power Station in South London, offering a rare glimpse for the public of the interior of a well known landmark.
The gallery was set up by the Arts Council of Great Britain and for its first years was only open on a limited basis during the summer months. In 1991, Julia Peyton Jones OBE was appointed as Director and under her the gallery was extensively refurbished. In 2006, the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist was appointed as Co-Director Exhibitions and Programmes, and Director International Projects.
The Serpentine Gallery annually commissions international architects of worldwide acclaim to design a pavilion on the gallery’s lawn that provides a unique showcase for contemporary architectural practice. The pavilion is host to a special programme of film screenings, talks, the BBC proms and café.
Since 2000, each summer the gallery has commissioned a temporary pavilion by leading architects including:
- 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
- "VISITS MADE IN 2009 TO VISITOR ATTRACTIONS IN MEMBERSHIP WITH ALVA". Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
- Guardian: Toyo Ito pavilion
- Guardian: Oscar Niemeyer pavilion
- 0lll: Eduardo Souto de Moura-Álvaro Siza pavilion
- Guardian: Rem Koolhaas pavilion
- Guardian: Zaha Hadid pavilion
- Guardian: Olafur Eliasson pavilion
- The Guardian: Serpentine Pavilion 2008: Frank Gehry, 22 July 2008
- Jonathan Glancey: Sanaa unveils enchanting Serpentine pavilion in The Guardian, 2 April 2009
- The Guardian: Jean Nouvel's Serpentine gallery pavilion, 6 July 2010
- Jonathan Glancey: Swiss-made Serpentine pavilion presents garden of tranquility in The Guardian, 27 June 2011
- BBC News Ai Weiwei to create underground design for Serpentine
- Serpentine Gallery: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013, retrieved 1 September 2013
Media related to Serpentine Gallery Pavilion at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website of the Serpentine Gallery
- The Guardian - collection of articles about the Serpentine Pavilions