Sitting on the north side of the Serpentine – the famous lake located in Hyde Park – the Serpentine Gallery is one of the most iconic art galleries in London and has become renowned for putting on world-class displays over its 43-year history.
A new chapter in the exhibition centre’s story is now about to begin, with the opening of a second space called the Serpentine Sackler Gallery this Saturday (September 28th).
Occupying a former gunpowder store known as The Magazine, the new display area will cover some 900 square metres and will also include restaurants and social spaces.
The first exhibition to take place at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery will be the UK debut of young Argentine sculptor Adrian Villar Rojas, whose dramatic, large-scale works have seen him gain a reputation as one of the most exciting up-and-coming artists in the world.
Visitors to the venue – which sits inside the stunning and ever-popular Kensington Gardens – will also have the chance to marvel at the building’s design, which was overseen by Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Zaha Hadid.
Over the next few years, both the Serpentine and the Serpentine Sackler Galleries will be hosting seasonal exhibitions, with each of these being designed to match the changes in climate through summer, autumn, winter and spring.
With the two exhibition spaces located seven minutes apart at opposite ends of the bridge over the Serpentine, a special series of audio walks is also being launched to enable visitors to continue their experience while walking between the galleries.
These will change each year, with the inaugural Bridge Commission consisting of a number of short stories written by 12 internationally renowned authors, and each one being designed to last just the right amount of time that it takes to travel across the bridge from one gallery to the other.