About the Museum
Championing new ideas in contemporary art since it opened in 1970, the Serpentine has presented pioneering exhibitions of 2,263 artists over 48 years, showing a wide range of work from emerging practitioners to the most internationally recognized artists and architects of our time. Today, the Serpentine is two exhibition spaces situated on either side of The Serpentine lake in London’s Kensington Gardens: the Serpentine Gallery and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. In addition to a seasonal exhibition program of eight shows per year, the Serpentine presents its annual Serpentine Pavilion during the summer months, which is the first and most ambitious architecture program of its kind in the world. The Serpentine offers innovative ways for all ages to engage with modern and contemporary art, architecture and design through its exhibitions, projects, education and public programs.
The most recent and the first international addition to the Serpentine Gallery is the Serpentine Pavilion Beijing located in the historic Wangfujing neighborhood and opening in October 2018. The 21,000 sq m property development and the pavilion, designed by the Beijing firm, Jiankun Architects, will be primarily used a space for cultural and social events. The Serpentine Pavilion Beijing is a continuation of the Serpentine's initiative of temporary architectural pavilions showcasing architects including Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Sou Fujimoto, and Herzog & Meuron with Ai Weiwei.