The Serpentine Galleries are set on either side of the Serpentine Lake in London's Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park. The gallery is free and accessible to all and exhibits a range of work from contemporary international artists, designers and architects. Each year the Gallery commissions a pavilion, a brand new architectural structure designed and built in front of the original gallery by an international architect whose work has not yet been exhibited in the UK. This year, Smiljan Radić's UFO-like structure graces the grounds, seemingly balancing on rocks and seamlessly blending in with the environment. As well as traditional forms of art, like painting and sculpture, the Serpentine also hosts live art events. Marina Abramovic, the pioneer of performance art, staged a new exhibition, 512 Hours, at the Serpentine this summer. Visitors were invited to participate in small, simple rituals, that encouraged their awareness of themselves and each other in an environment that inspired calm, serenity and solidarity. The Serpentine is an inspiring place in the midst of one of London's oases.
Serpentine Pavilion 2014 designed by Smiljan Radić.
Marina Abramović: 512 Hours at Serpentine Gallery Photograph by Marco Anelli
Louise Bourgeois: Nature Study at Serpentine Gallery
Maria Lassnig at Serpentine Gallery