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About

About the Serpentine Galleries

Championing the possibilities of new ideas in contemporary art since opening in 1970, the Serpentine has presented pioneering exhibitions for almost half a century, showing a wide range of work from emerging practitioners to the most internationally recognised artists of our time, providing a place for them to experiment and an open platform for them to be seen and heard. Read more

The Serpentine is committed to presenting interdisciplinary and collaborative work across art, architecture, design, fashion and digital. 

Across two sites, the Serpentine Gallery and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery present a year-round, open programme of exhibitions, education, live events and technological innovation, in the park and beyond. Proud to maintain free access for all visitors, thanks to its unique location, the Galleries also reach an exceptionally broad audience and connect with the local community. 

Architecture is a core aspect of the Serpentine’s programme, with the annual Serpentine Pavilion commission as well as its global extension, with a Beijing Pavilion in 2018. The late Dame Zaha Hadid, Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Zaha Hadid, designed the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and Chucs Serpentine, a former 1805 Grade II* listed former gunpowder store, returning it to public use for the first time in its 208-year history.

The Serpentine offers innovative ways for all ages to engage with its exhibitions, projects, education and public programmes, including podcasts. Only 17% of the Galleries’ annual operating income comes from government sources, with the remaining 83% raised privately through donations, corporate sponsorships, trusts, foundations, individuals and other activities, including Gallery and restaurant hire.

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Trustees and Directors of the Serpentine Galleries

Executive Team

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director

Monica Varriale, Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Trustees

Michael R. Bloomberg Chairman
Felicity Waley-Cohen Co-Vice Chairman
Barry Townsley CBE Co-Vice Chairman
Marcus Boyle Treasurer
Jonathan Wood
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Sir David Adjaye OBE
Amanda Sharp OBE
Ruth Mackenzie CBE
Andrew Cohen
Maja Hoffmann

 

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Bertrand Lavier Fountain - about page

Bertrand Lavier Fountain - about page

2015
Serpentine Sackler Gallery and Bertrand Lavier: Fountain
Aerial view of the Serpentine Gallery - about page

Aerial view of the Serpentine Gallery - about page

2015
Serpentine Gallery aerial view
Ian Hamilton Finlay commission - about page

Ian Hamilton Finlay commission - about page

2015
Ian Hamilton Finlay permanent commission, Serpentine Gallery
Serpentine Sackler Gallery at night

Serpentine Sackler Gallery at night

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2018 designed by Frida Escobedo

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 designed by Sou Fujimoto

2018
Serpentine Pavilion 2018, designed by Frida Escobedo, Serpentine Gallery, London (15 June – 7 October 2018) © Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Photography © 2018 Ste Murray
Serpentine Galleries Pavilion 2014 designed by Smiljan Radić - press page

Serpentine Galleries Pavilion 2014 designed by Smiljan Radić - press page

2014
6. Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2014 Designed by Smiljan Radić Photograph © 2014 John Offenbach
Arabella Lennox- Boyd Landscape 2

Arabella Lennox- Boyd Landscape 2

Serpentine Sackler Gallery Landscaping by Arabella Lennox- Boyd Photo © Marianne Majerus
Arabella Lennox- Boyd Landscape 3

Arabella Lennox- Boyd Landscape 3

Serpentine Sackler Gallery Landscaping by Arabella Lennox- Boyd Photo © Marianne Majerus
Installation image Serpentine Pavilion 2016 5

Installation image Serpentine Pavilion 2016 5

Serpentine Pavilion 2016 designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG); (10 June – 9 October); Photo © Iwan Baan
Serpentine Gallery North Face

Serpentine Gallery North Face

2013
Serpentine Sackler Gallery and Magazine Restaurant

Serpentine Sackler Gallery and Magazine Restaurant

2013

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© Iwan Baan 2018