Serpentine Galleries Exhibitions Programme 2018

Serpentine Galleries Exhibitions Programme 2018

Announcing the Serpentine's exhibition programme from March 2018 to January 2019, including Ian Cheng, Sondra Perry, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Tomma Abts, Atelier E.B and Pierre Huyghe

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IAN CHENG
Serpentine Gallery
6 March – 3 June 2018
Ian Cheng (b. 1984, USA) explores the nature of mutation and the capacity of humans to relate to change. Drawing on principles of video game design, improvisation and cognitive science, Cheng has developed ‘live simulations’: living virtual ecosystems that begin with basic programmed properties, but are left to self-evolve without authorial intent or end. His simulations model the dynamics of imaginative organisms and objects, but with the unforgiving causality found in nature. What results is a cascade of emergent behaviours the artist can manage but never truly control. Cheng likens his simulations to a ‘neurological gym’: a format for viewers to deliberately exercise feelings of confusion, anxiety and cognitive dissonance that accompany the experience of unrelenting change.

SONDRA PERRY
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
6 March – 3 June 2018
Artist Sondra Perry (b. 1986, USA) foregrounds the tools of digital production in her videos and performances to reflect critically on new technologies of representation and to remobilise their potential. Her work revolves around black American history and ways in which technology shapes identities, often with her own personal history as a point of departure. The exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery will be Perry’s first solo presentation of her work in Europe and continues the Serpentine’s engagement with her practice, which began with her moving image intervention for the 2016 Park Nights series. The exhibition will include a site-specific installation incorporating existing works.

CHRISTO & JEANNE-CLAUDE
Serpentine Gallery
20 June – 9 September 2018
In June 2018, the Serpentine Galleries will present the first exhibition of Christo and Jeanne-Claude in a London public institution since 1979. Christo and Jeanne-Claude are known for their ambitious, large-scale environmental works of art that intervene in the natural world and urban surroundings by altering both the physical form and visual appearance of sites. The temporary nature of these works has, over the years, formed an extensive visual archive of preparatory drawings, collages and photographic works, which detail the organisation and vision of these projects and those never realised. The Serpentine Galleries is working closely with Christo to develop an exhibition of sculptures, drawings and photographs spanning more than 50 years.

TOMMA ABTS
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
20 June – 9 September 2018
Tomma Abts’s (b. 1967, Germany) striking paintings are modest in scale yet are the culmination of an intense and rigorous working process that is both precise and intuitive. Working consistently with the same format for twenty years, she has found endless possibilities for investigating the language of form in painting. Starting with no source material and no preconceived notion of the final composition, the internal logic of each work gradually unfolds to guide a series of decisions that are aimed at establishing the final image. Abts’s exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, co-organised with the Art Institute of Chicago, is her first solo exhibition in a UK public institution and will present work from the last decade.

SERPENTINE PAVILION 2018
June – October 2018
Each summer the Serpentine invites an internationally known architect to create their first built structure in England. The immediacy of the process – a maximum of six months from invitation to completion – provides a unique model for commissioning architecture. Since its launch in 2000, it has become one of the most anticipated events in the global cultural calendar and a leading visitor attraction during London’s summer season of culture. Serpentine Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and CEO Yana Peel selects the architect, with advisors David Adjaye and Richard Rogers. The 2018 architectural programme will be announced in early 2018.

PIERRE HUYGHE
Serpentine Gallery
3 October 2018 – January 2019
Pierre Huyghe (b. 1962, Paris) lives in New York and Chile. His exhibitions are complex systems in which interdependent agents, biotic and abiotic, real and symbolic are self-organizing, co-evolving in a dynamic and unstable mesh.

ATELIER E.B
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
3 October 2018 – January 2019
Run between Edinburgh and Brussels, Atelier E.B is the fashion label under which designer Beca Lipscombe and artist Lucy McKenzie collaborate. By combining the strategies of applied and fine arts, they explore the commercial realities of production and distribution within the act of making, often through collaboration with others. Comprising fashion collections, commissioned displays and interiors, textiles, furniture, events and publishing, Atelier E.B’s work is often presented within the context of deeply researched exhibitions. At the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Atelier E.B will examine the intersecting relationships between art, design, commerce and display through the figure of the mannequin. The exhibition will include a presentation of historic material, a series of newly commissioned mannequins by contemporary artists and Atelier E.B’s new clothing collection.

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Tomma Abts, Ihne, 2012

Tomma Abts, Ihne, 2012

Tomma Abts, Ihne, 2012

Courtesy David Zwirner, New York

Sondra Perry - Resident Evil (installation)

Sondra Perry - Resident Evil (installation)

Sondra Perry, Resident Evil (installation), 2016.
Ian Cheng - Emissary Sunsets The Self live simulation and story, infinite duration

Ian Cheng - Emissary Sunsets The Self live simulation and story, infinite duration

Ian Cheng, Emissary Sunsets The Self live simulation and story, infinite duration, sound 2017

Courtesy of the artist, Pilar Corrias London, Gladstone Gallery, Standard (Oslo)

Sondra Perry - Graft and Ash for a Three Monitor Workstation

Sondra Perry - Graft and Ash for a Three Monitor Workstation

Sondra Perry, Graft and Ash for a Three Monitor Workstation (Still), 2016. Courtesy the artist.
Atelier E.B Rose Terrazzo

Atelier E.B Rose Terrazzo

Atelier E.B, Rose Terrazzo, The Inventors of Tradition II showroom, Brussels 2015
Atelier E.B - The Inventors of Tradition collection

Atelier E.B - The Inventors of Tradition collection

Atelier E.B, The Inventors of Tradition collection, 2011
Ian Cheng - Emissary Sunsets The Self live simulation and story, infinite duration image 2

Ian Cheng - Emissary Sunsets The Self live simulation and story, infinite duration image 2

Ian Cheng, Emissary Sunsets The Self live simulation and story, infinite duration, sound 2017

Courtesy of the artist, Pilar Corrias London, Gladstone Gallery, Standard (Oslo)

Tomma Abts, Jeels, 2012

Tomma Abts, Jeels, 2012

Tomma Abts, Jeels, 2012