Serpentine Gallery, established in 1970, is as small gallery for modern and contemporary art. Housed in a classical 1934 tea pavilion it is located in Kensington Gardens, on the border with Hyde Park.
The gallery displays permanent and visiting exhibitions, holds talks and events, including film showings and educational programs. Many famous artists have exhibited there including, Henry Moore, Damien Hirst, Paula Rego, Andy Warhol and Anish Kapoor.
Diana, Princess of Wales was a Patron of the Serpentine Gallery and in the grounds there is a permanent memorial to her by the Scottish artist and gardener Ian Hamilton Finlay, CBE.
An important event for the Serpentine Gallery is the annual ‘pavilion on the lawn’ exhibition. The Gallery commissions leading international architects of worldwide acclaim to design a pavilion that provides a unique showcase for contemporary architectural practice. Each summer there is a new pavilion to explore.
For 2012, a new contemporary art space will be added to the gallery providing London with another cultural landmark destination. The Serpentine Sackler Gallery, situated on the banks of the Long Water, will bring an unusual Grade II listed building into public use for the first time in its 206-year history.
Identified for potential refurbishment and re-use, The Magazine, a former munitions depot and gunpowder store, will be rejuvenated by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid.
Zaha Hadid, who has also won the 2010 RIBA Stirling Prize for best new building in Europe, designs and plans were accepted by The Royal Parks as part of their Better Buildings Programme. The transformation will provide an additional 900sqm of exhibition space included a playscape for children, café/restaurant and landscaped gardens.