From the architecture pavilion and digital commissions to the ideas marathon and the general ecology programme, explore over 50 years of artists, projects and exhibitions.

H C Westermann/Sam Smith

Serpentine South Gallery 12 December 1980 — 8 February 1981

A show that brought together American sculptor and printmaker H C Westermann, and British sculptor and automaton-maker Sam Smith.

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Continuous Creation

Serpentine South Gallery 28 Feb — 29 Mar 1981

Continuous Creation, an exhibition curated by Michael Compton, invited five artists to create four separate ‘environments’.

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Alberto Giacometti: Sculpture, painting, drawings

Serpentine South Gallery 10 Apr — 17 May 1981

An exhibition of Alberto Giacometti’s work, including drawings and oil portraits as well as sculptures.

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Mary Potter: Paintings 1922–80

Serpentine South Gallery 23 May — 28 Jun 1981

An exhibition of oil paintings and watercolours by the English painter Mary Potter.

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Summer Show 1 [1981]

Serpentine South Gallery 4 Jul — 2 Aug 1981

Miranda Strickland-Constable selected this summer show from an open submission and her consequent studio visits.

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Summer Show 2 [1981]

Serpentine South Gallery 8 Aug — 6 Sep 1981

Adrian Henri selected this exhibition through an open submission, viewing 6,000 slides in the process.

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Summer Show 3 [1981]

Serpentine South Gallery 12 Sep — 11 Oct 1981

Tony Cragg selected the final summer show for 1981 from an open submission.

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Frederick Sommer: Photographs, drawings and musical scores

Serpentine South Gallery 17 Oct — 21 Nov 1981

California State University, Long Beach, organised a major retrospective spanning 40 years of Frederick Sommer’s work.

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Johannes Dörflinger: Life Cycle paintings and drawings

Serpentine South Gallery 17 Oct — 22 Nov 1981

An exhibition of the work of German artist Johannes Dörflinger.

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